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Amgen Reviews in Thousand Oaks, CA

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
738 Reviews
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Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 82 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be out of sorts when project deadlines loom but that's not unusual (in 25 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 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

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  5.  

    Good working environment, competitive pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment for contractors

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity for FTE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, but changing

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance, good 401k, good vacation, flex hours or work from home options.

    Cons

    Like most places, health care premiums continue to rise; rumors that 401k benefits will be cut; frequent lay-offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying people off to boost the bottom line, but then hiring other people back over the course of a couple years! Keep the experienced, dedicated folks you have!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amgen is a very good company to work for if you are looking for very good benefits and salary.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, culture, professionalism. Some of the best time off of any company in the biotechnology industry.

    Cons

    Unstable environment at the present. Probability of moving most manufacturing operations overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bottom line is not the only thing that makes a company great. People are the lifeblood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work at the start, with diminishing returns as company grew larger

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Medical Affairs Function in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Medical Affairs Function in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a high science biotechnology company with outstanding marketed products and a robust pipeline.

    Cons

    As all companies grow larger, there are challenges with bureaucracy and decision-making processes. The optics of all decisions are viewed through too many lenses. It appears that stock price became more important than talent retention. The current restructuring has resulted in the exodus of great talent and expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be wise to hedge your future success on talent and expertise rather than restructuring and reducing the work-force in an effort to increase stock price

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Amgen is a great place to lean the business

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn different areas of biotech and observe leadership styles. Benefits and pay are top notch. The environment is competitive and fast paced.

    Cons

    Lots of changes in 2014 continuing into 2015 so this could affect staff morale. Change is a fact of life though, so if you're willing to work through some tough times, you'll learn a lot from Amgen. With less staff around, the workload will increase but this means opportunity for people willing to do and try new things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary of staff who compete to get ahead instead of competing to make Amgen better. There is an element of art in the scientific discovery world, too much competition drives away the innovative thinking and artist that are needed to do keep the company at the cutting edge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Co. is focusing on buying instead of developing drugs

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours for family and good pay

    Cons

    too many bosses who have no idea about research or making drugs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead directors/managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    - friendly/helpful people
    - competitive salary
    - good benefits
    - good perks

    Cons

    - doing a lot of layoffs and restructuring in 2014 and 2015

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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