Amgen Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Good, professional working environment

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    Former Employee - Specialist IS Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist IS Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    A great company with industry leading practices

    Cons

    Information may be compartmentalized and not shared readily

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Grear benefits, good people to work with. Nice bonuses

    Cons

    Yearly lay offs and continual restructuring of departments makes work inefficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Generally solid company, undergoing growing pains

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    -great benefits (entire economic value seems competitive with market)
    -great coworkers (many genuinely strive to live to the values of our culture)
    -underlying business is still solid, but faces challenges

    Cons

    -career opportunities (going straight up) are harder to come by, lateral can be very challenging depending on business area (requires considerable internal networking)
    -appetite for risks and making bold decisions seems much lower on the tail of continuous cost-cutting and pressure to perform immediately
    -work-life balance may vary depending on role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the recent changes have adversely impacted mid/lower level management appetite for judicious risk taking and decision making. Several have commented on the lower career opportunities and pressure to perform immediately. Encourage career development for internal lower level staff; the bias has swung real heavy to external and outsourcing recently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Generally, still a good place to work.

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    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
  6. Fast-paced and high expectations from upper management

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    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
  7. My experience working here has been nothing but positive.

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    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
  8. Good company, good benefits. Many challenging opportunities

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    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
  9. Exceptional employees however company culture has changed...

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    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
  10. 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

  11. Good working environment, competitive pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Contractor - 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

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