Amgen

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Amgen Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.5 596 reviews

66% Approve of the CEO

Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway

Robert A. Bradway

(177 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable(in 67 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 30 reviews)

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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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    Great benefits, changing environment

    Product Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsAmgen has great pay, benefits, and overall compensation. Amgen is very fair in time off. There is a payed summer and winter break, plus your overall vacation and personal sick time.

    ConsThe company has a global manufacturing focus so the amount of production opportunities in the US has dramatically declined over the past few years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMoving to contractors for manufacturing for biologic medicines has a very high risk since these drugs demand a high level of skill and understanding to manufacture. Contractors put your drugs quality and safety at risk.

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

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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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    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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    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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    A great place to work

    Medical Writer (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    Prosworkload, compensation and benefits, are good. allows remote work

    ConsNone that I can think of.

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

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    Good place for doing science

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsCorporate value #1 is "Be Science-Based" and for the most part it is not just lip-service. Very good compensation, health, and 401k plans. Lots of vacation with 2 weeks official shut-down in addition to personal vacation allotment. Upper management team seems really excellent since new CEO.

    ConsBig organization where sometimes the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing. Corporate emphasis on improving decision-making still has a way to go. Too many meetings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe sure to keep "Be Science-Based" at the forefront. Otherwise, keep pushing the decision-making improvements.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for some - not so great for some

    Training Manager (Current Employee) Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGreat benefits and compensation; some flexibility in work schedule

    ConsLots of competing priorities; high pressure environment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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