Amgen Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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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 (5)

    More money than brains

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IS Architect in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IS Architect in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Incredible products, wonderful pipeline, does good things for humanity. Seems very honest in drug trials and "let the data speak" mentality even when results mean that their drug doesn't work and they just flushed $200MM down the toilet.

    Cons

    Can't get out of their own way. Horrible current CIO. First they had wonderful in house IT staff, but some genius decided that it would be more cost effective to outsource. Half the service at twice the cost. Now insourcing, but done by uneducated low cost body vendors.

    Advice to Management

    DON'T MOVE TO TEXAS. Poor health care, no Obama care available for transient workers. Also, people in Texas with PhDs are still dumb folks. How can you not see the value of your local infrastructure? The move will be traumatic, consume a lot of energy, essentially put the company "on hold" for at least 2 years, and for what? Because on paper you will save a few million dollars? Moving validated environment technologies to Texas will be a disaster; their "good enough" attitude won't fly with the FDA.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Analyst

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Tremendous learning opportunities and great culture

    Cons

    Limited visibility, less context on projects given, a lot of uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    More integration of consultants in project


  3. Helpful (2)

    Amgen is not what it used to be anymore

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    • 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 (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefit and 401k match. The work was interesting and the people there were nice at least when I worked there.

    Cons

    No job security and layoff left and right. Amgen layoff practices are well publicized.


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  5. Project Coordination

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice employees. Great campus.

    Cons

    Hire you for a job and then make it difficult to succeed. Very uptight bosses.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how relax and bring more of a caring attitude to your employees.


  6. Very good company top to bottom

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work on medicines that change lives for the better

    Cons

    Corporate financial performance comes at the expense of staff

    Advice to Management

    Don't take yourself so seriously


  7. Company is going through a lot of changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great weather. Thousand Oaks and surrounding areas are also nice to live for families. 401 K benefits (5% + match another 5%). Health benefits are really good but declining over the years. Stock benefits are also very good.

    Cons

    Titles are inconsistent and do not match the complexity of the skills required. Some departments can get director and promoted to ED quickly while a similar department is nearly impossible. Lack of opportunity to get a promotion and in fact, may get "releveled". Resources put towards staff training have dropped significantly.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make staffs feel valued. Lots of people with significant experience have left and will continue if no major actions are taken soon.


  8. Rewarding work and interesting assignments; however, limited upward mobility and poor talent management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance, interesting assignments, nice people, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Limited mobility upward or across functions. Leadership does not prioritize talent management

    Advice to Management

    Work on talent management and increase mobility within and across functions. Reward top performers


  9. Great company. Lots of change and ambiguity

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BAI Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - BAI Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Phenomenal campus. Great products. Really care about patients and physicians.

    Cons

    Too much change. Should be stable given portfolio which leads me to believe that the changes due to management's inability to manage the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people more than your dollars.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Total chaos, continuous change, massive outsourcing and constant downsizing

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    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, best gym in the county, nice amenities and services available on campus

    Cons

    Fierce competition, few promotions or advancement opportunities, too much reliance on offshore vendors leads to no work life balance, low adherence to core values across management, more layoffs expected in 2015- at least 1000 more headcount

    Advice to Management

    Reel in executive spending and bring work back to the U.S.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Tough company to work for

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits including time off Beautiful campus and location Newbury Park is one of the best places to live

    Cons

    Illogical decision making Bad leadership Lack of discipline in ensuring things get done- talkers advance.

    Advice to Management

    The performance evaluation system is rigged and enormously unfair. While everyone in a big company can say this- try finding your way back to creativity and genius. The culture is toxic.



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