Amgen

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Amgen Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
700 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 76 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 85 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees (in 23 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 36 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Love working here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Longmont, CO

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

    Pros

    Stimulating environment. Many technical challenges with the resources and authority to solve them. Line management is supportive and encouraging.

    Cons

    Not the most nimble company, and the IS infrastructure is difficult to work with. Many competing priorities often present resource challenges that are not accounted for in deliverable timelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Amgen is a great place to lean the business

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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

    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
  3.  

    Great company to work

    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Strategies, excellent benefits, good atmosphere, good science.

    Cons

    Slow growth, less opportunity for lateral growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage the additional skills of employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in West Greenwich, RI
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in West Greenwich, RI

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice people, and competitive pay. Strong pipeline with some very exciting drugs on the way. Amazing sence of pride producing life changing medications for patients in need.

    Cons

    Not much job security, constant restructures make for a stressful work environment. Absolutly no tolerance for mistakes. Management expects nothing less than perfection. Moving profitable drugs overseas for tax breaks and reducing staff in US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More face time and listen to your staffs opinions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very good company to work for

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    • 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
  7.  

    Overall good experience in Amegn

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    • 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.  

    Co. is focusing on buying instead of developing drugs

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    • 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
  9.  

    Positive learning experience and advancement opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amgen rate very high for benefits, compensation, and work life balance. Very team based and excellant safety culture.

    Cons

    Amgen has changed its business practices which include the closure of some sites. The Colorado site will be shutdown by late 2015 or early 2016.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Endless training opportunities; awesome benefits and many ways to gain extra perks!

    Cons

    As with many companies, they have those that should not be in leadership. but overall, the leadership is great. Most employees really try hard to live by the Amgen standards. Compensation plus the benefit package is awesome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company and people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    The company mission is to serve patients. It's a great place to work. Challenging projects, great colleagues. Still has good company team spirit.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be out of sorts when project deadlines loom but that's not unusual. Some teams too lean which make work load harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should listen more to the workers that know the space. Rebuild teams as quickly as you can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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