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Amgen Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
741 Reviews
3.5
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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.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • 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
  2.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    Pay and work environment

    Cons

    Layoffs are hurting the work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Changing tides

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Nice colleagues that are industry leaders.

    Cons

    Lots of RIF and changes company-wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on short term stock price.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company, good benefits. Many challenging opportunities

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

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Good company, good benefits. Many challenging opportunities

    Cons

    Intense, driven people. Competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than most places, not as good as it used to be

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

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, my area was both highly professional yet fun
    Everyone up to the director level were highly approachable
    A lot of work to do
    Benefits are great for direct hires
    Pay is ok for temps, better than other temp work

    Cons

    Layoffs
    Work increasingly shifted to contractors and temps (contingent workers)
    Moving toward conventional business culture at the cost of high tech startup-like environment
    Career opportunities stunted due to reductions in positions but good if you are already a mid- to high-level employee
    Odds of temp-to-hire are low for the same reason as above

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My ratings are adjusted upward to reflect today's working environment, as opposed to better times before the economic crash.
    No advice.
    Front line and mid-level management were excellent in my area.
    Negatives are based on decisions from executives and upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Exceptional employees however company culture has changed...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Highly-talented employees; strong pipeline of products; competitive salary; good benefits; many career opportunities if you are motivated and like to challenge yourself.

    Cons

    Too much personnel turnover due to constant layoffs; some areas of management appear withered; slow decision making process; long hours and somewhat declining moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See Cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Biotech morphing to big pharma

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Scientific focus still largely drives R&D decisions
    Good salary and benefits
    Smart colleagues
    Stock price has had an excellent recent run

    Cons

    Increasing corporate feel
    Management very aware of Wall street opinion
    Major strategic changes will take time to complete and be effective

  9.  

    Corporate Science

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Amazing benefits (great pay, big bonus, excellent insurance)

    Cons

    Very corporate! Stressful environment.

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good working environment, competitive pay

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

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

    Pros

    Good working environment for contractors

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity for FTE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, but changing

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

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance, good 401k, good vacation, flex hours or work from home options.

    Cons

    Like most places, health care premiums continue to rise; rumors that 401k benefits will be cut; frequent lay-offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying people off to boost the bottom line, but then hiring other people back over the course of a couple years! Keep the experienced, dedicated folks you have!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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