Amgen Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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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. Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, employees are well educated and respectful, great cafeterias, well connected and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Reorganization is causing a lot of anxiety and confusion.. Contractors are becoming less than equal. Office space is less than great and few office hotels.

    Advice to Management

    Shared Vision is more than a vision statement. Share the real vision. Let employees know the real direction of the company. Looks more and more like a headquarters move out of California.

  2. Scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many great people to work with; lots of learning opportunities; definitely a great place to do science; great benefits

    Cons

    Undergo lots of changes which sometimes causes uncertainty for career direction; promotions become more challenging and limited

    Advice to Management

    The best way to engage staff and enhance morale is to be direct and transparent about undergoing changes.

  3. Manager Training and Development

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    Current Employee - Training and Development Manager in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Training and Development Manager in Longmont, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I love the positive culture and values. They have excellent benefits and salary with a great annual bonus program. Highly recommend. Love the flexible schedules and ability to work remote.

    Cons

    They are doing a lot of lean efforts which help the business, but mean lots of cut backs and they are scaling back geographically, so no more opportunities in Colorado and Washington for now.

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  5. Great for several years, not sure how the restructuring is going to affect staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. The paid holiday week over the 4th of July and Christmas (outside of your normal vacation time) is fantastic. Lots of products in the pipeline.

    Cons

    All Operations and Development concentrated in Thousand Oaks CA and Boston MA. Staff happiness used to be very important and part of the culture...not so anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Get through the restructuring and "right the ship". Value staff happiness again and you will get so much more from the staff.

  6. Great people, great benefits, poor career development opportunities

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    Current Employee - Specialist IS Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist IS Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people - intelligent and driven individuals that do the right thing
    Great benefits - Overall tremendous benefits. 401k, RSUs, stock options, fantastic health plan.

    Cons

    Salary doesn't increase very much over time. If you come in with a strong base salary then you're set. If not, then you'll get stuck with a relatively lower salary than your peers even with top performance marks.

    Advice to Management

    Kudos for the corporate strategy. On the talent management side, would appreciate more emphasis on professional development and rewards. From my perspective, talent management process seems very bureaucratic.

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    Director Operational Excellence

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Culture, People, Product, Locations

    Cons

    Becoming a large Big Pharma Company. Bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Steer the course. Doing a great job. Consider some ways to bring small company feel.

  8. Manager, Regulatory Affairs

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Bonus target is not specified in compensation package

    Advice to Management

    Pay scale is below industry standard

  9. Scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Science-Based, Innovation, Smart People, Good Work-Life Balance, Excellent Benefits

    Cons

    Restructure, Attrition, Disengaged Staff, Hard to Get Promoted

    Advice to Management

    Get restructure done faster, people are willing to accept change but dislike the permanent instability created by it

  10. Specialist IS Programmer Analyst

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    Former Employee - Specialist IS Programmer Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist IS Programmer Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amgen takes good care of its employees in terms of salary and benefits. Good, competitive, fast-moving, and challenging environment.

    Cons

    Outsourcing jobs is weakening the company. As the company has grown over the years, it has lost much of its culture that made it such a great company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing skilled positions. You are gutting the company by losing people with a lot of knowledge and experience. Learn from your mistakes, like the IBM outsourcing fiasco, followed by issues caused by HP outsourcing. We'll see how things go now with Cognizant outsourcing.

  11. Great science, constant change

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Bothell, WA

    I have been working at Amgen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated knowledgable scientist and support staff, constant learning and challenge, working on grievious disease

    Cons

    Support functions are internally competitive, centralized decision making, tight resource constraints, constant outsourcing

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the tight link betwen short term stock performance and exective compensation

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