Amgen Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
635 Reviews

3.6
635 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great talent, beautiful campus, nice benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Workplace is really beautiful, lots of meeting spaces outdoors. Culture of fitness and activity (cycling, walking, group sports). Competitive pay and benefits. Company's products change people's lives (feel good about where you work).

    Cons

    I hear about the "glory days" of Amgen, where it seemed much more of a free spirited company, but since I've been here I've seen it get more and more stuffy and corporate. Excessive layers of management inhibit flexibility and innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can still play savvy business without losing your sense of workplace enjoyment. Happy workers = better business!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amgen

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

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a very financialy strong organization with significant free cashflows and a strong cash position. It also has a very strong pipeline.

    Cons

    Sr. Management is currently dismantleing the organization. The staff is getting demoralized as there is little value placed on experience and there is a significant focus on bringing in people from the out side for new Sr. positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look elswhere until things settle down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    good core values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Staff is dedicated to serving the needs of seriously ill patients. Promising pipeline of products to be launched in the near future.

    Cons

    Working environment is full of distractions due to the current monumental changes experienced. Senior management has advised the reasons for and a vague timeline, but many aspects of the company are in a state of flux..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care as much for your staff as you do meeting the goal of serving patients and making the company profitable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the same

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

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

    Pros

    time off is great; get summer 1 week off and december 1 week off which is not counted towards vacation; great gym

    Cons

    stress; layoffs; complexity added to jobs has increased

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    strategize layoffs better; bring back 360 reviews where you annonymously review your manager/supervisor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Positioning itself for future success

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist Business Analyst  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist Business Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits (total rewards) will keep one from leaving. If you are talented, they will spot it and fast track you.

    Cons

    Decision making has too many layers but management is looking to peel the "layers of mgmt" in this restructuring effort. It will make position the company for success given it's promising pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing the right thing for patients and shareholders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company going through a needed transition but the future has big potential

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

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    -products are impactful, which is hugely motivating
    -great compensation and overall benefits
    -generous stock grants
    -2 one-week shutdowns, plus 3 weeks vacation, plus holidays
    -beautiful campus with excellent amenities (gym, dry cleaning, food, etc)

    Cons

    -slow decision making
    -too many under-qualified, over-paid executive directors and VPs... Many from early amgen and need to move on as they limit progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring is healthy and needed. Cut deep enough to make a lasting change but no deeper, it will make a great company for all

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good and innovative company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, 2 weeks company shut down in addition to vacation time

    Cons

    Company is going through restructuring.
    Too much u-necessary paperwork

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent company to work for

    Current Employee - Senior Manager IS  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager IS in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    above average benefits and competitive salary

    Cons

    don't have any cons to report

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent place to work and grow

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and work environment. I have enjoyed my work very much here.

    Cons

    Thousand Oaks is a slow city that sleeps by 9pm. If you want a late night dinner, you will have very few options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Forward looking biotech that focuses on return for shareholders

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Sr. Leadership focused on patients and shareholders, great culture

    Cons

    Non innovative, tough to push projects through that add value, poor accountability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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