Amgen

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Amgen Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.5 595 reviews

66% Approve of the CEO

Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway

Robert A. Bradway

(177 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance competitive salaries and challenging work(in 66 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan(in 73 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees(in 17 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels(in 29 reviews)

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    Down From Greatness to ...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork is generally satisfying and the colleagues at the contributor levels are great. Salary is fair and the benefits are competitive. With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable.

    ConsSome key decisions including outsourcing that were made by management several years ago has been core in contributing to the current high cost structure. Reorganization and reduction in force has been a very common management tool in the last few years and will be ongoing for many more years. Merit based career advancement does not exist. "Leadership" is a value used to be core to management but this has not been the case after many years to multiple restructuring and reorganization. Current management at many levels has been aloof on understanding the root of the issue and worst yet their individual staff contribution and performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to have a balanced view and understanding of the root cause to address the organization's cost structure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A once great company missing the bar on meeting its full potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork-life balance, benefits, pay is highly competitive.

    ConsLack of leadership (across functions), highly political/bureaucratic, lack of trust among teams and co-workers, limited growth opportunities and low morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers should stop focusing so much on managing up and their own careers and start leading and managing the employees who are actually doing the work and dedicated to growing the business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Morale downhill and no one regrets leaving

    IT Analyst (Current Employee)

    Prosdepending on your manager, work life balance is possible. Colleagues are fun to be with. Benefits are definitely a plus. Work experience depends on your willingness to learn and do more. Would recommend to friends to join AMGEN for the sake of the benefits and to gain working experience. Career development would depend on themselves.

    ConsCompany is downsizing and not much things to look forward to. Not transparent and information is hidden from employees. Can understand that part as lower level employee is need to know basis. My ED is not very forthcoming and his actions do not match his 'inspirational' speech. Does not sense his concern for us and only for himself. Always feel like the axe is above our heads and can drop on us anytime.
    Individual development plan is more lip service. While some people can get their development plan achieved, most are adjusted at the EOY to fulfill the target without actual investment from company.
    More layoffs coming and some of colleagues wish it is upon them so that they can the company with the severance package.
    Some newer colleagues commented this is the worst company they had ever worked.
    I guess there will always be other similar companies like AMGEN. If not for the benefits, I guess more of my colleagues will leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhile downsizing is common, consider the impact it has to the process and work. process is difficult enough due to compliance and with less people, it makes one reluctant to pick up more stuff or difficult to expand our skill set. To make one company strong, individual department head need to build the employees and to improve.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Going downhill

    Scientist (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros-2 shutdowns each year

    -Pay is good

    Cons-Amgen had an safety incident this year which has led to a "safety culture" that is completely unreasonable. Women are forced to wear pants. Reports are filed if someone is walking down steps in high heels. Employees are treated like children, not highly trained and qualified staff.

    -With the ascent of Bob Bradway, Amgen is now cutting corners and cutting costs anywhere and everywhere, from the cafeterias to the number of steps it takes to move a molecule to the clinic. Bob's methods will no doubt boost EPS temporarily but long term it will hurt the company tremendously.

    -People are forced to spend a significant amount of time in worthless trainings and pointless, repetitive meetings.

    -Management has been threatening layoffs for an entire year. Productivity has plummeted and people are becoming despondent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdjust the salaries of the employees who have been at Amgen for 20 years and are making salaries that are 2X what they should be. Trust your employees. Don't cut R&D.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The worst place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Juncos, PR

    ProsGreat Benefits. Good pay , good money

    ConsHeavy load work, No Work Balance

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amgen Juncos, Puerto Rico. Good company, bad management

    Senior Technician (Former Employee) Juncos, PR

    ProsGreat benefits, vacations, vp etc...no one can beat them, great people working there the Best in Manufacturing. If you want to lear this is the company for you.

    ConsThe management and HR did not allow you to grow proffecionaly if you are not in their friends circle. If you report something they will discipline you. I moved after 9 years working there and in my new company gave me the chance to prove my self and the promotions $$$ in less than a year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of all the management they just think in their bonuses and not about the people working there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Boring, Uninspiring

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGood Pay, easy job, beautiful campus

    ConsLittle gets accomplished/changes, little room to learn new things or participate in projects your interested int.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire about 50% of the people working here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    palliative medicine

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Juncos, PR

    ProsChance to work, if one of the "selected ones" with recent operations/manufacturig tech. No longer the latest, cutting edge. Oportunities are no longer available to pick.
    Given the current employment opportunities available locally, having a job is positive. This fact is used daily as a palliative.

    ConsSelected ones: the ones in the eye of Directors and above levels, get the few chances to grow a career.
    Management has a lot to learn about managing employees, usually there because they were good handling the hectic workload and sacrified their off-work life to get the promotion... no real management skills. So, successors need to work more, and sacrifice much to be seen as candidates... not the ones with proven people skills.
    Employee Burnout is not taken care.
    Water cooler conversations are sponsored quietly as a way to share information about health, promotions, management, terminations, etc.
    Benefits have fallen to a me too stance... we'll see what other companies offer and we offer the same and lately... less.
    Profits are the new north... Amgen values are mentioned less and less, and those values no longer are the driving force.
    Don't think as a place to work until retirement... you'll be outsourced.
    Each year, you will earn less and less, as no cost of living adjustments are done.
    Proof? No raises this year for management, and surprise... non- managers were treated the same... but management gets three bonuses anyway.
    Performance appraisals are dead ink, a worthless exercise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMuch work/passion/love dedicated by the creators, researchers and pioneers of this industry built a framework sustainable by the exemplary use of its major assets. Our patients deserve the best therapies, as we slowly... become one of them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough as a contractor

    Regulatory Affairs Associate (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsI've learned a lot, worked with some great people and enjoy the restaurants on-site

    ConsLife as a contractor is tough. No promotions or upward mobility, hardly any raises.

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    Not considering the employees

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Juncos, PR

    ProsThe individual contrinutors are excellent, top of the top. Great teamwork between them.

    ConsThere is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement have to be more leaders than bosses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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