Amgen
3.5 of 5 533 reviews
www.amgen.com Thousand Oaks, CA 5000+ Employees

Amgen Reviews

Updated Apr 20, 2014
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3.5 533 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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Used to be incredibly enriching and challenging...now it is just a bottom-line, corporate giant

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boulder, CO

I have been working at Amgen full-time

ProsIncredibly intelligent workforce, ability to make a difference to others by delivering important medicines, good pay and benefits

ConsLack of career development, and poor decision making ability of management

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to make timely decisions, and execute upon those decisions. Being risk-adverse is not always the 'right' choice

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

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Great Experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Amgen full-time for less than a year

ProsIt was a great company to work at an everyone is willing to step up an explain certain things to you so you have a better understanding. It is also very family oriented. It was an experience that I will never forget. Thank you to the Amgen family.

ConsThere are to many people involved in the decision making process and stepping on others.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a step back an look at the entire decision your making an who it is going to hurt an not hurt. Learn to put others ahead of your own. Forcing your employees to go somewhere else to work or losing there jobs is wrong.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Tough Scene These Days

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBenefits and pay and vacation time

ConsVery tough place to work right now.

Advice to Senior ManagementTrust those below you

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not considering the employees

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Juncos, PR

I worked at Amgen full-time for more than a year

ProsThe individual contrinutors are excellent, top of the top. Great teamwork between them.

ConsThere is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement have to be more leaders than bosses.

No, I would not 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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Science-based, patient focused company

Clinical Development (Current Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

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

ProsYou get to work with very smart people, there is great science being done, the pipeline is fantastic. Amgen offers great benefits in terms of vacation time and 401K matching

ConsThere can be lots of politics, and often getting a decision is challenging. For non-MDs, there are limited growth opportunites

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was an experience.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Amgen full-time

ProsGreat pay, bonuses and benefits.

ConsNo upward mobility; leadership cares more about $ than "patients 1st."

Advice to Senior ManagementDo you really think that converting 40% of your FTEs is going to work out for the company? Contract employees have no loyalty to a company knowing they could be let go at any time. Why would you use contractors to produce your drugs? Oh, because it's cheaper for you, proving that you do not care about "patients 1st."

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 experience

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

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

ProsWork-life balance, good office, good team, good labs, good management, friendly coworkers, good benefits

ConsMany temps, nothing to say, no more to say, hope to work here with long term base

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease headcounts

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Excellent!!

Senior Manager Mfg (Current Employee)
Juncos, PR

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

ProsA lot of learning and development opportunities, highly committed people

ConsToo many people in Corporate but the sites does not receive support or at least not the expected support!

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

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Great place to build a career.

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

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

Prosgood people, good experience, professional place to work. Amgen's known for their generous bonuses and European-style paid time off, matching 401k, and awesome gym.

Consthe benefits make it hard to leave. they're known as the "golden handcuffs." thousand oaks is a miserable town to live in, unless you are ready to have your white picket fence and 2.5 kids. then it's a great town to live in.

Advice to Senior Managementas we grow, we must expand our resources. if resources are constrained, so will growth.

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

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