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Amgen Reviews in Thousand Oaks, CA

Updated Jun 17, 2014
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77% Approve of the CEO

Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway

Robert A. Bradway

(70 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Important products, tough environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementAnnounce staff reductions - do it and get it over with. The anxiety is tough on everyone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    They pay you not to question

    Associate Scientist (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsBenefits and compensation are excellent. Great work/life balance. Flexible schedule. The campus is beautiful. I've met some really intelligent and humble people here.

    ConsIf you are motivated and want to make a difference go somewhere else. This is where people go to be told what to do. If you want to coast on neutral this is the place. Also if you are in your 20's you will be lonely here. Thousand Oaks is no biotech hub.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, until they layoff a group

    Administrative Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsAmazing, extremely intelligent people who are so willing to help you succeed. It's too bad that upper management doesn't share the same idea.

    ConsYou are not safe, ever. A layoff could be right around the corner. The leadership is a little lacking, at least in my department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend less time in meetings and more time with your subordinates.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good company, can do better for career planning

    Specialist IS Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGood perks & benefits
    New initiatives being launched recently
    Good compensation if you are a good performer

    ConsDeep politics
    Lack of effective decision making

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow promotions for folks who are good performers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsExcellent ethic and mission. Consumer orientation and product safety is top-notch.

    ConsPoor job security. Considerable turnover and frequent downsizing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLike many large corporate entities, planning is too short term and cash driven.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bureaucracy and politics should be in the mission statement

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsPay and benefits are excellent
    Having Amgen on your resume
    Thousand Oaks is a nice town
    Lots of job openings, and can move around

    ConsBloated with too many middle managers, executive directors and directors.
    Everyone passes the buck and not many try to simply get the job done.
    Everyone spends way too much time putting together slide decks and going to meetings.
    Thousand Oaks is a boring town.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry going more toward a matrix structure, and eliminating middle managers. Big pharma companies are much less bureaucratic than Amgen. Your scientific brilliance and excellence are drowning in slide decks, meetings, and favoritism.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The DNA of AMGEN is unraveling

    Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsTwo weeks of paid shutdown per year. Good benefits. Once you've worked here, you are a desired talent at most biotech firms.

    ConsExcessive metrics of every function (analysis paralysis) no longer a nimble organization. Uninspiring management, filled with good old boy politics, promotion of incompetent or mis-casts proteges. Promotions based on who you know, not talent. So many really talented, sharp people have made a mass exodus from the organization due to the politics, poor leadership and inability to move their career forward. The DNA of the company and what it once had as value in the talent pool has evaporated. Most of field sales force are new or less than three years tenure. You'll find a lot of people "hanging on" to keep benefits and retirement options or people that came over for the Amgen they heard of but no longer exist.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShake up the dead weight and eliminate lifetime positions. Rotate some of the rotten wood out and infuse life into leadership. Most importantly, evaluate the appropriateness of a middle management candidate instead of pushing them out to check the box.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great at first, not so good later

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGreat salary and benefits. A few opportunities if you are political

    ConsMany people get stuck & there is little opportunity for promotion. Very few good managers

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop the people you have- and train supervisors

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Declining company in a declining culture

    Senior Scientist (Former Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGood pay, good benefits, good working conditions, nice campus

    Consmanagement, politics, decision making process, promotion, attitude towards people, arrogance, self-centered, ignorance, self-absorbed, exclusiveness, "I am not responsible,"

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to say "NO" but thats impossible because you will be out, so it is possible but you need to understand that sooner or later you will be out and when you are Okay with that, then it is worthwhile to say "NO," it will make one stronger in the long run.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsAmgen is on the leading edge of research in the biopharma industry.

    ConsThe company has become highly political. One must be ever vigilent to protect his or her job and even then there is a chance of a layoff or re-organization that will reduce head count.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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