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Amgen Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
720 Reviews
3.5
720 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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239 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 82 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be out of sorts when project deadlines loom but that's not unusual (in 25 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 37 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Procurement Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Procurement Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Great health benefits and brand name to work for in the industry.

    Cons

    Too many job layoffs over the years and lost a lot of friends and co-workers due to Amgen cutting costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved with employee personal growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was a fun company to work for - not so much anymore. Compensation is great.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Interesting work and good people around you. Good pay in comparison to other biotech companies in area. Great 401k and two week long shutdowns a year.

    Cons

    Layoffs nearly every year. Do more with less. Finance CEO is not inspiring (horrible trickle down effect). In current phase of cost reductions, site closures, layoffs, upper management/HR is pathetic- they've made some embarrassing mistakes and have turned many people away. While stock price has jumped up due in part to cost cutting measures, long term outlook seems grim on account of lack of inspiration and loss of talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job inspiring, please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good compensation, little development opportunity

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Pays well and great benefits. 401K and vacation are generous.

    Cons

    Confusing place to work. Overly demanding on the competent folks, leaving the incompetent to do very little. Little to no opportunity for promotion, particularly when widely known, far-below-average staff are consistently promoted based on age, race and gender to fulfill quotas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Promising pipeline being ruined by shortsighted financial interests

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, campus. High-performing teams and expectations of excellence.

    Cons

    Lip service to values that are not followed in practice e.g. work-life balance, ethical competitiion, success via merit. Management is extremely thin-skinned and brooks no 'disconfirming information' that goes counter to financial marching orders. Overly aggressive and unrealistic outsourcing is going to cause major pipeline delays and financial damage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Constant pressure to do more with less people and less-qualified people will backfire. Some of those selling the ideas for Amgen full potential are double agents for consulting firms. They will take their bonuses and return to their true masters before it all hits the fan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Going through a lot of change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work, lots of change happening and future is unclear.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people who work there are great and the work is rewarding. The team environment is good and the teams were great to manage. The benefits are great and during the years I was there I had many opportunities to do different things and explore multiple roles. Up until early 2014 I would have rated the company 5 stars.

    Cons

    The company is undergoing significant changes and it is a difficult time to be in R&D, as the budget cutting is significant, particularly on the earlier (research, pre-phase 2) programs. In the last year that I was at the company there was a significant amount of change and it is not clear when that will settle down. With the restructuring and layoffs in the last few months there is a lot of negative energy at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-engage the staff and make sure the highly skilled employees who work there feel valued. Make sure to create some stability, as it is hard for employees to do their best when the sands under their feet are changing constantly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall good company but not what it was once

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs recently and more next year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    9 years of working life

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, good work life balance, some good people to work with, good paid, stock prices gone up a lot, great if holding a lot of Amgen stock

    Cons

    too many waves of laid-off since 2007, not much career development, too many corprate rules to follow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep every employees at least for 5 years. Stability of employment means good morals. Good morals means we more likely to meet our goal. We are more likely to have more drug go to the market...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Used to feel like I was valued

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits - lots of smart people to work around

    Cons

    Lay offs constantly. No job security. Upper management doesn't care about your work ethic - just playing the poltics with all the other millionaire upper managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring and valuing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard and stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Good training,good benefit,good Science and Excellent buildings!

    Cons

    Very stressful and fast pace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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