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Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
284 Reviews
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284 Reviews
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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  

    Generally, still a good place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging work, helping patients with grievous illnesses. Two one week shutdowns plus generous vacation time and flexible working arrangements (not in all departments)

    Cons

    Constant upheaval, lack of opportunity for advancement, global outsourcing creates inefficiencies, shareholder focus, workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You MUST find a way to reduce the workload. People on AFP projects are haggard and sick from having too much on their plates. Find some balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    location, gym, pipeline, weather, campus

    Cons

    flat structure, restructuring, food, food

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    thankful for the flexible work arrangement

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Generous time off policy, including 2 one week shutdowns; great work-life balance and telecommuting options; good benefits; work with a smart group of people; the pros outweigh the cons and have kept me from looking for other jobs

    Cons

    limited opportunities for promotion; people can be title-centric rather than recognizing the contributions people can make regardless of their title

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop and breathe--celebrate success; let reorgs sink in a bit before you move on to the next thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Fast-paced and high expectations from upper management

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, Good benefits, Smart people, Nice work environment
    Great geographical location.
    Opportunities to advance but not as many as there use to be
    They encourage personal growth but it depends heavily on the support of your Report To

    Cons

    Demanding, very fast-pace, satisfaction and growth very dependent on what department you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the employees at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to pay increases, opportunities to advance, and recognition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Biochemist / QC Assoiate / Sr. Lab Support Technician

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits, Technology, Pipeline, Development

    Cons

    Leaving persons rate is high, evaluations don't include the development plan, priorities changes alot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    I have been working at Amgen as a contract worker. I hope some day I can work for the company.

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    It's a good company to work for.

    Cons

    The fact that it's hard to get a position at Amgen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    My experience working here has been nothing but positive.

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    The transparency with management has been outstanding, this job always keep me challenged and on my feet. I really enjoy the team effort in the department as well.

    Cons

    The space that I work in is really not conducive to optimal performance as we are subject to other conversations and were all bundled together in a cubicle like area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making so many changes in relatively short period of time or you will continue to see the domino effect of low employee moral and overall performance hindered.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great benefits and good work/life balance.

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

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a larger company which allows for job advancement. In my group work/life balance was very good. The IT group is large, so you can have exposure to very large Enterprise systems.

    Cons

    The IT group is quite large, which adds quite a bit of bureaucracy. They outsource and hire far too many contractors to be as effective as they could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a contractor has been with the company for 2-3+ year, you should Do-The-Right-Thing and make them an FTE.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company... with big changes

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

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Great ethics and ambition, great science and people

    Cons

    Currently restructuring (downsizing)- they are working on process improvement and may snuff out innovation if they are not very careful

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The main campus in Thousand Oaks is amazing
    Team work is rewarded
    Work life balance could not get better

    Cons

    Flat org, not many spots to advance once you are in middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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