Amgen

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Amgen Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
704 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 82 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be out of sorts when project deadlines loom but that's not unusual (in 25 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Exemplifies employers..!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Amazing place to learn business
    - Outstanding values and culture
    - Good opportunities and encouraging management
    - Excellent Benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Change is in the air and management doesn't hold much control over it. Stagnancy can seep in real soon if individual doesn't take charge of his/her own career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have a defined plan and share with the employees.
    - More communication needed to keep boosting morale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work at the start, with diminishing returns as company grew larger

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Medical Affairs Function in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Medical Affairs Function in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a high science biotechnology company with outstanding marketed products and a robust pipeline.

    Cons

    As all companies grow larger, there are challenges with bureaucracy and decision-making processes. The optics of all decisions are viewed through too many lenses. It appears that stock price became more important than talent retention. The current restructuring has resulted in the exodus of great talent and expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be wise to hedge your future success on talent and expertise rather than restructuring and reducing the work-force in an effort to increase stock price

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amgen is great company to work with except recent changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    It has best benefits among industry

    Cons

    It has two many changes and layoff in recent years. Headquarter location is not favorite

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amgen is a very good company to work for if you are looking for very good benefits and salary.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, culture, professionalism. Some of the best time off of any company in the biotechnology industry.

    Cons

    Unstable environment at the present. Probability of moving most manufacturing operations overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bottom line is not the only thing that makes a company great. People are the lifeblood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Amgen is a great place to lean the business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn different areas of biotech and observe leadership styles. Benefits and pay are top notch. The environment is competitive and fast paced.

    Cons

    Lots of changes in 2014 continuing into 2015 so this could affect staff morale. Change is a fact of life though, so if you're willing to work through some tough times, you'll learn a lot from Amgen. With less staff around, the workload will increase but this means opportunity for people willing to do and try new things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary of staff who compete to get ahead instead of competing to make Amgen better. There is an element of art in the scientific discovery world, too much competition drives away the innovative thinking and artist that are needed to do keep the company at the cutting edge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall good experience in Amegn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Location
     management
    Work from home

    Cons

    Pay scal, Project
                         Lot of office politices

  8.  

    Very good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    - friendly/helpful people
    - competitive salary
    - good benefits
    - good perks

    Cons

    - doing a lot of layoffs and restructuring in 2014 and 2015

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Co. is focusing on buying instead of developing drugs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours for family and good pay

    Cons

    too many bosses who have no idea about research or making drugs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead directors/managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great benefits but limiited growth opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great health benefits and excellent 401K matching (up to 10% of base salary).
    People are friendly, intelligent, and easy to work with. Everyone is aligned on the mission of serving patients.

    Cons

    Low morale currently (Oct'14) due to 15% headcount RIF, with 5% more to follow in 2015... and the volume of work isn't going away. Limited growth opportunity - a lot of talented mid-level to senior managers who have little opportunity to advance to the next level, and even less now with reduction in layers. Career progression is heavily dependent on who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While aiming to please shareholders and the investment community, don't lose sight of employees being your "greatest asset."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Overall good company but not what it was once

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs recently and more next year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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