Amgen Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance is what you make it (in 82 reviews)

  • Amgen offers great benefits across the board (in 87 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance suffers due to continual firefighting (in 25 reviews)

  • Decision making is delayed due to the Risk averse culture (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Amgen

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Good experiences and learning opportunities. The quality of the middle management depend on your team/area and luck. It could be great or frustrating.

    Cons

    The company seems to hire and layoff with no long term objectives. Employees left wondering if they are next to laid off.

    Advice to Management

    You have let your best employees go. The short term savings will impact the company negatively on the long run.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Good company, BUT

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Defiantly good benefit, retirement package and health insurance coverage.

    Cons

    In mega pharma like AMGEN, it is difficult to learning new technologies or moving up. Job title is everything. There have been several layoffs since 2008, expecting more in 2015 and that has been very detrimental to morale.

    Advice to Management

    Do not ship the american jobs overseas.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Amgen is not what you think it is

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good base salary and benefits, accomidations

    Cons

    Amgen full potential is a big scam. forcing laying off employees and replace with same employees but contract workers Out sourcing almost all internal services. If you complain about your manager to HR. you better leave and not look back. Retaliation is life and well from the management as a consequences to escalate the complain to HR.

    Advice to Management

    If you have assumed failing employee performance, do not look further than his/her manager.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Once a great place ... now depressing.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Sunny location
    - Onsite gym
    - Lots of PTO

    Cons

    - ZERO opportunity for advancement
    - Constant layoffs / downgrading of positions
    - Pay / benefits get cut year after year (no merit raises for second year in a row)
    - Fell off of Fortunes "Best Places to Work" back in 2007 and is never going back

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the HR spin - we aren't idiots. You cut pay/benefits, downgrade jobs and tell us to be grateful for the "privilege" to work at Amgen, all while your checks get bigger and the rest of us try to figure out how to manage on less pay and a 2x healthcare cost increase.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Unfortunate

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits
    Excellent employees (for the most part) at the lower levels that are committed to moving the pipeline forward
    Interesting and exciting pipeline
    Still has potential

    Cons

    Unstable environment
    Vision for future is not clear
    Focus on talent is not existent

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate your leadership activities and the impact on the current environment. Business decisions are expected but can be done with better stability.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Used to be better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off: vacation time, end of year and summer shutdown

    Cons

    Management and overall direction of the company, minimal opportunities for career advancement unless you are close to someone who is senior management.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Look Beneath the Skin

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

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large respected biotech company with an incredible history of success and innovation. Good opportunity for experience with limitations. You can learn how a biotech company works as well as how not to run a company. You can learn a great deal here but mostly you will learn what not to do when you start up your own company. Probably good for someone early in their career just wanting to put a biotech notch on their plate.

    Cons

    Lost innovative spirit due to CEOs desire for Wall street gains. Poor insight. Financially unsteady. Likely to split or get bought out in 2 years. Rigid glass ceiling. Old paradigms of thought that are oddly unbalanced with an arrogance of belief in historical reputation and complacency. All the good people are gone or leaving. If you are a physician and want to be treated like a grad student or intern, this is the place for you. If you like fulfilling tasks and checklists without thinking, this is the place for you. If you are innovative and creative, bottle up your mind and stop thinking if you want to work here. This company is all about processes and talking with little action. It takes 18-36 months to make a decision - a poor sign of current leadership and management and a reflection of Amgen's expected demise. It does not move or think fast enough for the highly intelligent. If you simply want to work like a dog at your supervisor's beck and call and expectations, by all means feel free to apply.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate your CEO, CFO, COO and Chief Medical Officers. Hire professionals with backbones that care about innovation and risk without catering to Wall Street all the time. Stop providing generous financial packages to your top leaders and maybe you will get someone who is willing to make decisions irrespective of Wall Street bean-counting demands. It's very simple. Listen to your people, not your pocketbook. Greed is is not working at Amgen. How can a company complain about financial health when the CEO is over-paid? I am sure a few million less to your leadership will go a long way towards some interesting business case development.


  9. Helpful (8)

    No longer a "best place to work"

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great total compensation package, terrific benefits, onsite day care, lots of career growth opportunities, some very talented employees, philanthropic organization

    Cons

    Recent reduction in force handled quite poorly, from employee termination and work transition standpoints. Lots of stories of unprofessional forced exits, and critical business processes and systems seemingly abandoned because of the departure of key talent with no knowledge transfer. Remaining staff are ridiculously overworked and stressed. Despite company mission to serve patients, the company clearly has grown to a size where it is financially, rather than scientifically, driven.

    Advice to Management

    Actively solicit and use full 360 feedback in assessing managerial competence. Too many cases of weak, low performing middle managers being supported by real talent. Don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish in terms of firing more expensive, high performing staff with years of direct experience and replacing them with cheaper, less experienced newcomers. Don't performance and loyalty count anymore?


  10. Helpful (2)

    Changing business model, limited communication, and growth of policitics

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The past year AMGEN has been going through much change which has been a great resume booster for personal growth.

    Cons

    Salary re-leveling, politics, and uncertainty of future due to biotech shakeup and internal business model change. Limited communication causes a chaotic environment with individuals blaming others. Very sad to see a "every man for themselves" type of environment versus fostering a great opportunity to network with peers internally.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key through change. Remove the politicians.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Change Management and PMO Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Org Change Management & Communication in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Contractor - Org Change Management & Communication in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great physical environment and location in T.O.
    Bright people
    Lots of projects and work

    Cons

    A bit "stuffy" and 'old school" meaning typical health hierarchy is very top-down and title driven
    Do not treat contractors very well
    Amgen has changed (as told by many I know who have been there for over 17 years or recently left) for the worst meaning very, very bottom line and quick to lay off... many are on pins and needles over their jobs which has drastically affected the local community of Thousand Oaks negatively
    Should be a non-profit considering the work they do
    Need to go back to their original mission and not so much on high (and higher) profits/share price and shareholders - focus on your real mission of better treatments and solutions

    Advice to Management

    Ditto as above: Need to go back to their original mission and not so much on high (and higher) profits/share price and shareholders - focus on your real mission of better treatments and solutions
    Also, treat employees as customers. Be aware that the community is very leery of your status and you are about to lose all favor and positive image and support (much is already eroded).



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