Amgen
3.5 of 5 532 reviews
www.amgen.com Thousand Oaks, CA 5000+ Employees

Amgen Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.5 532 reviews

                             

69% Approve of the CEO

Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway

Robert A. Bradway

(149 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work/Life balance competitive salaries and challenging work"
    in 58 reviews
  • "Amgen offers great benefits in terms of vacation time and 401K matching"
    in 66 reviews
Cons:
  • "There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees"
    in 16 reviews
  • "There are to many people involved in the decision making process and stepping on others"
    in 25 reviews
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Better than most, but not as good as it used to be

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amgen

ProsSmart, driven people. Work life balance if decent.

ConsBecoming more complex, bureaucratic. Career opportunities are fewer and farther between.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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AWESOME

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amgen

ProsCompany to grow with, a future

Consto many chiefs making decisions and stepping on others.

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Currently experiencing a change in leadership and company direction.

Sales Representative (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amgen full-time

ProsGood benefits, pipeline, and products

ConsBecoming large pharma, with resturing and layoffs as a business model.

Advice to Senior ManagementVision and strategy development needs to be consistent over time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Incredible place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsAmgen is certainly still one of the best places to work in the biotech/pharma industry. The campus is beautiful, there are plenty of amenities and resources (including an amazing gym, car wash, dry cleaning, cafes, etc), and the surrounding area is ideal for families and those who prefer a relaxed and quiet environment. The product portfolio is healthy and the pipeline is very strong, positioning Amgen well for continued growth and success. In general, the company culture is friendly and positive, although it has become more competitive and stiff over the years.

ConsAmgen faces organizational challenges common to many large companies. Decision making can be slow, compounded by the many layers of management, committees, and approval processes in place.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT

Compliance Manager (Former Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe salary and benefits can't be beat, but...

ConsThe management is taught to be tyrannical, disconnected from their employees, and extremely uncaring. I've never worked for worse, and I've been working for Corporate America for 20+ years. They are known for huge layoffs, they don't hire older people and those rare individuals that ARE there have been there for a long time and end up laid off. Finally the executive management fosters and environment of egotistical, self-centered, driven to succeed at all costs individuals.

Advice to Senior ManagementCome down from your lofty place and look at how you are treating your employees. Work life balance was a term I learned at Amgen, and it is a joke there. Teach managers how to MANAGE appropriately - not take advantage of staff by taking credit for their work. Get back to basics and treat people with dignity and respect.

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

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

I worked at Amgen as a contractor for more than 5 years

ProsExcellent ethic and mission. Consumer orientation and product safety is top-notch.

ConsPoor job security. Considerable turnover and frequent downsizing.

Advice to Senior ManagementLike many large corporate entities, planning is too short term and cash driven.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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palliative medicine

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Juncos, PR

I worked at Amgen full-time

ProsChance to work, if one of the "selected ones" with recent operations/manufacturig tech. No longer the latest, cutting edge. Oportunities are no longer available to pick.
Given the current employment opportunities available locally, having a job is positive. This fact is used daily as a palliative.

ConsSelected ones: the ones in the eye of Directors and above levels, get the few chances to grow a career.
Management has a lot to learn about managing employees, usually there because they were good handling the hectic workload and sacrified their off-work life to get the promotion... no real management skills. So, successors need to work more, and sacrifice much to be seen as candidates... not the ones with proven people skills.
Employee Burnout is not taken care.
Water cooler conversations are sponsored quietly as a way to share information about health, promotions, management, terminations, etc.
Benefits have fallen to a me too stance... we'll see what other companies offer and we offer the same and lately... less.
Profits are the new north... Amgen values are mentioned less and less, and those values no longer are the driving force.
Don't think as a place to work until retirement... you'll be outsourced.
Each year, you will earn less and less, as no cost of living adjustments are done.
Proof? No raises this year for management, and surprise... non- managers were treated the same... but management gets three bonuses anyway.
Performance appraisals are dead ink, a worthless exercise.

Advice to Senior ManagementMuch work/passion/love dedicated by the creators, researchers and pioneers of this industry built a framework sustainable by the exemplary use of its major assets. Our patients deserve the best therapies, as we slowly... become one of them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good company to work for

Senior Research Associate (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNice office, state of the art technology, Good health benefits, and cutting edge technology

ConsThere was a reorganization once and people didn't like it.

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Bureaucracy and politics should be in the mission statement

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than a year

ProsPay and benefits are excellent
Having Amgen on your resume
Thousand Oaks is a nice town
Lots of job openings, and can move around

ConsBloated with too many middle managers, executive directors and directors.
Everyone passes the buck and not many try to simply get the job done.
Everyone spends way too much time putting together slide decks and going to meetings.
Thousand Oaks is a boring town.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry going more toward a matrix structure, and eliminating middle managers. Big pharma companies are much less bureaucratic than Amgen. Your scientific brilliance and excellence are drowning in slide decks, meetings, and favoritism.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Tough as a contractor

Regulatory Affairs Associate (Current Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

I have been working at Amgen as a contractor for more than 5 years

ProsI've learned a lot, worked with some great people and enjoy the restaurants on-site

ConsLife as a contractor is tough. No promotions or upward mobility, hardly any raises.

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