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Amgen Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
629 Reviews

3.6
629 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company, but too top heavy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    At the moment, there are plenty of opportunities for staff development. I'm not sure how much longer that will be available. Work life balance was a priority several years ago. They have a decent pay scale and the worst bonus I ever had was far better than anything I ever got in Academia

    Cons

    The company is too top heavy- so many VPs. Right now, the emphasis is bottom line for the shareholders and not so much for the employees. Communication is not a priority from the top down, and it seems the rumor mill is rife.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember there are 6 Amgen values not just shareholder profit. Don't for get being scientific, working in teams and the ever confusing "do the right thing". Because right now, it's not happening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very mixed feelings in my several-year experience at Amgen, particularly in light of recent layoff announcement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    In a list format, these are things that have generally been very satisfying: resources available that enable our work, cutting edge technology, forward-thinking (progressive) mentality, coworkers (at least, those that I work with directly), generally competitive compensation package with strong benefits, mission statement, name recognition.

    Cons

    Also in a list format: top-heavy company, sometimes risk-adverse, sometimes slow to make decisions (which is typically endemic in a larger corporation), competitive environment, relatively weak career development opportunities, and last but certainly not least the current reduction-in-force announcement.

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

    good place to work, unfortunately missed our target for 2016

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    A lot of resources, maybe too many! Good people wanting to make a difference. Seattel is a great place to work and the people are wonderful. They really work well as a team.

    Cons

    Teams can't make a decision. Projects aren't prioritized and teams waste time on unproductive projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the business (but I gugess that's what we are doing right now!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company that has put too much short-term emphasis on cutting costs (below-VP-level employees). Best days are OVER.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros

    Compensation is good for Fortune 500 company.

    Cons

    Long days, high job demands, CHURN!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a longer term view of your most valuable assets: PEOPLE!

  6.  

    Transformation please

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can apply critical thinking. There are challenges to face everyday!

    Cons

    Too much paperwork.
    Temps and Contractors are segregated in so many ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much burocracy.
    Too many managers.
    Too much elitism.

  7.  

    Positive for benefits, less positive for the co-workers. Slowly taking more away.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are good. Campus is beautiful. Gym is nice.

    Cons

    Politics, people who have been there for a long time are spoiled and don't realize they have a good job. Some work very hard, others don't because they are management favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much LMS training. More communication on business outlook. Don't give as much notice to employees with lay offs because no one works when they hear of lay offs coming.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lots of stress, but great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros

    Lots of paid holidays, vacation days, and a great 401k

    Cons

    Management consists of young MBA types that are afraid of saying anything but yes. Through layoff after layoff, more work gets piled on and more useless contractors come on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and bring back the old management. Oh, and dig up your old copy of the Amgen values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A 10 year perspective

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Management is flexible about time off. Compensation is good for all positions. Bonus has maintained 10% of pay for the last ten years. The Amgen Seattle campus is gorgeous, situated on Elliott Bay. Many good scientists are attracted to work for the company.

    Cons

    Near constant reorganization of departments gives a sense that leadership cannot make clear decisions. Benefits have waned over the last several years. Morale has been in the basement. Recent efforts to restructure have dragged on for nearly a year with no action. Bench scientists and other technical workers are steadily being replaced by contract workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The mantra that cheaper is better has been going on for way too long. If cuts need to be made, do it with some efficiency then work on morale of all those who make the cut.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Important products, tough environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros

    Company's mission to support those grievously ill is important ... the products really help patients.

    Cons

    People insensitivity - little to no investment in human capital of any substance. very hierarchical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Announce staff reductions - do it and get it over with. The anxiety is tough on everyone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of transparency is an issue

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, and an advantageous position in the industry.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, and little mobility within the company.

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