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Amgen Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
743 Reviews
3.5
743 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    excellent growth opportunity, science based, good people, good management

    Cons

    I dont think there are any cons in working here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sr Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Great company, a lot of really talented people. Good culture.

    Cons

    Some times take work home, not too often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great company to get experience in

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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

    Pros

    Amgen has a lot of smart people working there. It is a great place to do a few year rotations within and experience different areas (sales, finance, marketing, etc.) or even do an international assignment.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move up to the Director level at Amgen. Many people stay here for 3 to 5 years and use the experience to go elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make changes to increase efficiency and growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The main campus in Thousand Oaks is amazing
    Team work is rewarded
    Work life balance could not get better

    Cons

    Flat org, not many spots to advance once you are in middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Changing tides

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Nice colleagues that are industry leaders.

    Cons

    Lots of RIF and changes company-wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on short term stock price.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    Pay and work environment

    Cons

    Layoffs are hurting the work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Admin Cord

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and awesome work environment

    Cons

    interview process, and lay offs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good company, good benefits. Many challenging opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Good company, good benefits. Many challenging opportunities

    Cons

    Intense, driven people. Competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than most places, not as good as it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, my area was both highly professional yet fun
    Everyone up to the director level were highly approachable
    A lot of work to do
    Benefits are great for direct hires
    Pay is ok for temps, better than other temp work

    Cons

    Layoffs
    Work increasingly shifted to contractors and temps (contingent workers)
    Moving toward conventional business culture at the cost of high tech startup-like environment
    Career opportunities stunted due to reductions in positions but good if you are already a mid- to high-level employee
    Odds of temp-to-hire are low for the same reason as above

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My ratings are adjusted upward to reflect today's working environment, as opposed to better times before the economic crash.
    No advice.
    Front line and mid-level management were excellent in my area.
    Negatives are based on decisions from executives and upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Exceptional employees however company culture has changed...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Highly-talented employees; strong pipeline of products; competitive salary; good benefits; many career opportunities if you are motivated and like to challenge yourself.

    Cons

    Too much personnel turnover due to constant layoffs; some areas of management appear withered; slow decision making process; long hours and somewhat declining moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See Cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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