Amgen Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
637 Reviews

3.6
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 67 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 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    Beautiful campus

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Thousand Oaks campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is very difficult to achieve. They have succession plans, but I never saw someone agreed on as a successor get the job when the incumbent left. Management typically goes outside for senior people rather than develop from within. The company is currently being dismantled. Look for work in other cities that have more options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your planned cuts quickly and make sure all the 2nd mortgages people took to move to the area are forgiven in total. No one in TO is going to be able to sell their house now that you're cutting back anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    great colleagues, but terrible upper management

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good scientists within my dept. and across different collaborating groups

    Cons

    The upper management is very weak in science, focuses too much on "messaging", and very unfair. It seems that they only care about climbing up the ladder themselves. The actual science and career development for the subordinates are largely ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and get to know supporting staff's true scientific strength. And be good human beings!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Turnover, layoffs, lack of clear direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Holiday shut down 4th of July week and Christmas holiday.

    Cons

    In the last year there have been five rounds of layoffs. They constantly bring in new fresh blood to only cut a year later. Everyone in town warns people of this. Often times, it's too late because you already took the job here. Too much outsourcing. They need to develop in house talent. Make a plan and stick with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only scale up if you have a long term plan that you are truly committed to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hire contract workers full-time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, beautiful campus, excellent break areas

    Cons

    Doing the same work as full-time employees without the benefits or potential of being hired full-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring your contract workers. We work hard only to be told after a couple of months to look for another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunities go to upper management, no job security

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, good pay and benefits, great relocation benefits, a young company that tends toward forward thinking

    Cons

    No job security - continual reductions in force and job insecurity. A lot of positions are being contracted out, I would guess at least 50% of the work force at the Thousand Oaks campus are contracted employees. Work life balance can be hard to achieve - the more positions lost, the more we are expected to "do more with less", but no assistance or guidance on how to make it happen is given, just an ever increasing work load.Upper management sheds work to direct reports and can often give little guidance/have unrealistic expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing value added employees because of the constant uncertainty/instability. Restructuring the company is a good idea, but the way it is being done will result in a great cost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good work life balance but to much focus on cost in R&D/Operations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Very unique in the ability to work on so many products.

    Cons

    Business and lawyers drive the decisions, science is somewhere in the mix.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Get the lot out the door no matter what.

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    Current Employee - Systems Owner  in  Juncos, PR
    Current Employee - Systems Owner in Juncos, PR

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great products and strong pipeline. Great pay and benefits. Good food, nice facilities, bright people (the ones who actually do the hands-on work =30%)

    Cons

    Relentless AML (Puerto Rico) Management resolve to ship product no matter what. If you go there to work make sure you go for a management position (giving orders), not for an individual contributor position (taking orders and doing the hard work). Low morale. Corporate Hypocrisy at its best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance better work distribution (70% of employees telling what to do and criticizing and 30% of employees doing the hard work and keeping the business rolling). Shift your focus from company financials to patient safety. Get rid of your unfair evaluation system where 10% of the hard working employees have to get bad evaluations to save compensation money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Down From Greatness to ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Work 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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Morale downhill and no one regrets leaving

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Analyst

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    depending 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.

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    While 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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