Amgen Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Amgen Marketing

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot from this company. Many talented people. Great Experience. Benefits were very good.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is difficult because dedicated people there give 200% and that is expected, especially in some groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help people to feel that work life balance is truly ok.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Good, professional working environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist IS Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist IS Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    A great company with industry leading practices

    Cons

    Information may be compartmentalized and not shared readily

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Grear benefits, good people to work with. Nice bonuses

    Cons

    Yearly lay offs and continual restructuring of departments makes work inefficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    I loved working at Amgen.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    I got to work with highly skilled and highly driven co-workers. I worked on many interesting projects. I worked for several managers and enjoyed working for each one. I was well compensated with base salary, 401k matching, annual bonus, and stock. The medical benefits were also excellent. Employees start with 3 weeks vacation per year. In addition, there are two week-long shutdowns a year: one at Christmastime and one for the Fourth of July week.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure, and there are often unrealistic deadlines. It is common to hear the phrase "do more with less". In recent years there have been several layoffs, and that has been very detrimental to morale. Although we get a lot of vacation, it is difficult to take all the vacation you get. Managers will generally let you take time off, but project priorities often make it hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since it is often hard to use all the vacation, perhaps there should be some option to get paid for unused vacation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company, BUT

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    • 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

    Defiantly good benefit, retirement package and health insurance coverage.

    Cons

    In mega pharma like AMGEN, it is difficult to learning new technologies or moving up. Job title is everything. There have been several layoffs since 2008, expecting more in 2015 and that has been very detrimental to morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not ship the american jobs overseas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Generally solid company, undergoing growing pains

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    -great benefits (entire economic value seems competitive with market)
    -great coworkers (many genuinely strive to live to the values of our culture)
    -underlying business is still solid, but faces challenges

    Cons

    -career opportunities (going straight up) are harder to come by, lateral can be very challenging depending on business area (requires considerable internal networking)
    -appetite for risks and making bold decisions seems much lower on the tail of continuous cost-cutting and pressure to perform immediately
    -work-life balance may vary depending on role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the recent changes have adversely impacted mid/lower level management appetite for judicious risk taking and decision making. Several have commented on the lower career opportunities and pressure to perform immediately. Encourage career development for internal lower level staff; the bias has swung real heavy to external and outsourcing recently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Generally, still a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager GDO in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Manager GDO in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging work, helping patients with grievous illnesses. Two one week shutdowns plus generous vacation time and flexible working arrangements (not in all departments)

    Cons

    Constant upheaval, lack of opportunity for advancement, global outsourcing creates inefficiencies, shareholder focus, workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You MUST find a way to reduce the workload. People on AFP projects are haggard and sick from having too much on their plates. Find some balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Very good company top to bottom

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Work on medicines that change lives for the better

    Cons

    Corporate financial performance comes at the expense of staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take yourself so seriously

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Not what it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    benefits are still good and better than smaller companies

    Cons

    mobility is capped as are salaries. more is being outsourced and skills and knowledge are lost making it difficult for teams to get work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is not all about the share price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Fast-paced and high expectations from upper management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Research Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Project Research Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, Good benefits, Smart people, Nice work environment
    Great geographical location.
    Opportunities to advance but not as many as there use to be
    They encourage personal growth but it depends heavily on the support of your Report To

    Cons

    Demanding, very fast-pace, satisfaction and growth very dependent on what department you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the employees at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to pay increases, opportunities to advance, and recognition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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