Amgen Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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 (3)

    Senior Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of paid time off (in addition to a full week off at July 4th, and an additionall full week at Christmas, you start at three weeks vacation then get an additional day per year after your fifth year....plus an additional 10 or so paid holidays). Gym onsite - or, if you're at a site without a gym, a $600 allowance for local gym membership.

    Cons

    When I started about 10 years ago, there was an atmosphere that the company cared for the employees that did a good job. Those that didn't meet minimum standards didn't last long, and those that excelled were compensated well. The re were frequent small perks that didn't cost hte company much, but still let the worker bees know that they were appreciated - things like fermentation seminars, ocassional free breakfasts, Crhistmas parties, that sort of thing. But there hasn't been ANY of those things for at least four years now. Couple that with multiple rounds of layoffs, expanded usage of contract workers (at a year or two a a time), and there's no wonder that the morale across the company has been falling. Though "shareholder value" has been increasing for the last year and a half, the consensus among employees is that the Board and CEO are doing their best to pump up hte stock price so that they can make a mint in the short term, at the expense both of patients and us hourly employees.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees again...and not just the ones at the executive levels. The lower grades are the folks who do all the hands-on work, after all. Treat us right, and we'll continue to make Amgen the best biotech...but keep treating us like crap, and you'll get crap work back.


  2. IT at Amgen

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Specialist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Amgen (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The pay is competitive. Bonuses are appropriate. Benefits are generally very good. All US staff gets paid vacation. Additionally, each US site shuts down twice a year for a week. This is in addition to an individual's vacation time.

    Cons

    Various key members of IT leadership have changed hands in the last few years. The new leadership is clearly looking to outsource anything that is not nailed down. Opportunities in IT are few and far between. As well, folks working in IT these days will likely be doing on site management of outsourcing partner resources from India.

    Advice to Management

    It may be the best strategy for Amgen that they're outsourcing all of the IT work, and scaling way back on new software projects. Those quality Amgen employees in IT that remain will begin to leave if their jobs are reduced to babysitting outsourcing partner resources.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Company has changed due to financial pressures; discovery research drastically downsized.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientific Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Scientific Director in Cambridge, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The company has lost its focus on internal discovery of new therapeutics; plan to in license or acquire more than 50% of future marketed therapies. Sadly, the halcyon days of George Rathman and Gordon Binder are long gone.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management slows down key decision making. Neuroscience Senior management lack appropriate scientific depth and expertise. Jealously guard their access to key opportunities. Senior Managers unwilling to relinquish control of scope and direction of new target discovery work to appropriate scientific leaders to the detriment of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Identify an internationally recognized neuroscientist with strong interest in developing new drugs for treating brain diseases to lead the neuroscience therapeutic area.


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  5. Used to feel like I was valued

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits - lots of smart people to work around

    Cons

    Lay offs constantly. No job security. Upper management doesn't care about your work ethic - just playing the poltics with all the other millionaire upper managers.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring and valuing employees.


  6. I learned alot...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    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

    Smart scientists, great benefits, hard work.

    Cons

    No vision, inability to stick with a plan, management override of team descisions so you get no where, obsession with minutia.

    Advice to Management

    Have a plan anad stick with it until you get somewhere and create a workplace where there is an even playing field. Either everyone works hard or everyone enjoys the country club lifestyle.


  7. good scientists reporting to bad management

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Amgen full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    good science, good scientists, excellent benefits. working hard

    Cons

    bad management. re-org is painful and not efficient

    Advice to Management

    science driven, and new blood



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