Amgen
3.5 of 5 587 reviews
www.amgen.com Thousand Oaks, CA 5000+ Employees

Amgen Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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3.5 587 reviews

                             

66% Approve of the CEO

Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway

Robert A. Bradway

(174 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work/Life balance competitive salaries and challenging work"
    in 60 reviews
  • "Amgen offers great benefits in terms of vacation time and 401K matching"
    in 71 reviews
Cons:
  • "There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels"
    in 28 reviews
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    Excellent place to work

    Senior Instrumentation Tech (Former Employee)
    Longmont, CO

    ProsExcellent salary, awesome benefits, great culture of science based decision makers throughout the company, work in great teams of diverse backgrounds. Made life long friends there

    ConsCan be very slow to make key decisions, started to really down size or "reaching Amgen's full potential" as they call it, 3 lay- off's in 5 years at the Colorado site operations,

    Advice to Senior ManagementFar too many excellent workers losing there jobs to overseas operations to save money.

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

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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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    Great company!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsScience based respectful culture. Great benefit and overall job satisfaction.

    ConsToo much politics. With a lot of industry changes driving change lot of uncertainty exists.

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    Senior Associate (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsWork/life balance, compensation and benfit

    ConsLimited career growth and opportunity

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    Great compensation and benefits. Although I predict the grass may not be as green in the future.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOutstanding area in which to live. The perks - nice gym and day care.

    ConsThe Yes man rules here. Feedback is welcomed just as long as it is aligned with what the boss wants to hear. Performance not equitable across organization. Too many distractions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRevisit the Amgen values. Management has lost touch with the culture and values that produced greatness. Practice what you preach!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of transparency is an issue

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, and an advantageous position in the industry.

    ConsLack of transparency, and little mobility within the company.

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    Fast paced

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of work to go around

    ConsDecision making and risk analysis

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    Great training and benefits

    Quality (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent benefits and industry experience

    ConsLack of long-term career stability and work-life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementOn-going uncertainty about upcoming restructuring has created an environment in which staff do not feel secure in their career and upper management are very risk-adverse. New decision model rolled out across company a good start but many groups still function under decision by consensus.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They pay you not to question

    Associate Scientist (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsBenefits and compensation are excellent. Great work/life balance. Flexible schedule. The campus is beautiful. I've met some really intelligent and humble people here.

    ConsIf you are motivated and want to make a difference go somewhere else. This is where people go to be told what to do. If you want to coast on neutral this is the place. Also if you are in your 20's you will be lonely here. Thousand Oaks is no biotech hub.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was a great company now just like run of the mill corporation

    Specialist - Quality Control (Current Employee)
    West Green, GA

    ProsDepending on your role, you may get some great experience with latest technologies in the industry. If you are one of the few with good relationships with the managers, you will be handsomely rewarded.

    ConsPromotions depend on who you know, no promotion from within (except for very few who have good relationships with the managers), real possibility of getting pigeon-holed into very specific jobs that leaves you unprepared to jump to outside industry.

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

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