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Amgen Reviews in Thousand Oaks, CA

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.5 248 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway

Robert A. Bradway

(72 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance competitive salaries and challenging work(in 66 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan(in 73 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees(in 17 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels(in 29 reviews)

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    No career advancement

    Administrative Coordinator (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGreat total rewards and compensation.

    ConsLittle to no opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive staff a chance to move up.

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

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    Going to be stronger than ever

    Executive Director (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGood science
    Nice campus
    Can't beat the weather

    ConsHard to get things done
    Can't trust anyone

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

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    Scientist (Former Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsAmgen provides an excellent compensation and benefits package, the working environment is excellent in general with some notable exceptions, and the company provides extensive employee development training opportunities. The Amgen campus is ideally located in Thousand Oaks, which has great weather, excellent schools, and a safe environment.

    ConsCareer path opportunities are limited and advancement is often driven by politics. Numerous inefficiencies and multiple layers of bureaucracy are prevalent; management decisions are often arbitrary. Far too many unproductive meetings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA career path with opportunities for advancement, particularly for R&D needs to be in place. Reduce the heavy middle management positions and develop a fair and equitable system for promotions that reduces the politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intense atmosphere with excellent benefits

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsThe campus in Thousand Oaks is without question, beautiful and the area a great place to live. The overall benefits are what you would expect from a large corporate employer with added on campus perks. There was a time when Amgen attracted talented people and many are still there, so one is mostly surrounded by smart folks.

    ConsThe culture is intense, and that is no understatement. The hierarchy is like no other within the industry, very much a top down organization focused on the bottom line.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGood pay, benefits, holiday shutdowns

    ConsCulture, executive mgmt, company changes

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

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    Good company to work

    Quality Assurance Analyst (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    Proswork-life balance,
    Understanding team members.
    Work environment is very good.

    ConsFew of the senior managements are very conservative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave some fresh approach and listen to everyone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent internship experience

    Undergrad Finance Intern (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGreat people, great benefits, entire campus is closed for 1 week for 4th of July, wonderful learning experiences and mentors who really want to help.

    Gym, food, services (dry-cleaning, rental cars, etc.) all on campus!

    ConsSomewhat far away and in its own little bubble

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive people within company the ability to rise through the ranks instead of constantly hiring from the outside and demoralizing morale of long-time employees

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

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    Good company to work for. The overall package is very rewarding.

    Scientist (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsYou have chance to find a good career path if you know how.

    ConsThere are some extra layers to approve things, sometimes taking too long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCutting some red tapes would help to improve the efficiency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Benefits and Work Life Balance

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros- Good Benefits
    - Great work-life balance
    - Good place to start career
    - Helpful peers and seniors

    Cons- Unclear management decisions
    - Unclear focus of the company
    - Lack of communication from top management

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more. Make the employees feel more safe working for you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good people and company structure, most IT related work has been outsourced.

    IT Support (Former Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsMany software and hardware positions to apply for internally if you have a Bachelors degree. IT jobs through contracting agencies can be very good employment (if your department does not get outsourced).

    ConsAmgen is still undergoing layoffs, so do not expect long term employment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire quality people and provide some permanent benefits for your IT functions instead of going for the lowest bidding contracting agency.

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

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