Amgen Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
659 Reviews
3.5
659 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 73 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 83 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 35 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Extensive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Great resources and people here

    Cons

    changing market which causes confusion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stay focussed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great pay, great benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits. Beautiful campus at head quarters, lots of amenities including onsite gym. Great charity/corporate giving program.

    Cons

    work life balance is hard to achieve in some departments. Difficult to advance if you come in at entry level or administrative positions. Starting to contract lots of work outside company.

  3.  

    Associate Review

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and mission. Staff has integrity

    Cons

    Lack of growth and leadership from Executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall, great experience...times--they are a changing.

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    Former Employee - Category Manager  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, traninng and on-site gym

    Cons

    Managment has lost culture. Depending on the department, a general observation is that Amgen does not promote internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the collobration back and let loose a little bit...no unique culture anymore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Amgen for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good company to work for, better compensation in line with other biotech companies. Constantly changing and dynamic environment.

    Cons

    Too top heavy. Organization has changed a lot and lot of work load.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Salaries are top notch and the company is on cutting edge of Biotech companies.

    Cons

    Position was a contract position and unfortunately the company was in the middle of hiring freeze at the time my contract ended.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider extending contract terms for the contract employees who the company knows it would like to hire on as a permanent worker during a hiring freeze so as to eliminate all the red tape regarding that candidate's availability to hire following the end of their original contracted term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company with good people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good 401k, bonus and career development

    Cons

    Limited locations and shifting strategies

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Project 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amgen is a five start company - excellent mission, benefits, work/life balance, science-based, great camaraderie among coworkers

    Cons

    Career progression was difficult and workload became redundant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Pharma In Biotech Clothing

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    Current Employee - Senior Bio-Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Senior Bio-Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Reasonable salary
    Strong product pipeline
    Solid reputation
    Good work/life balance
    Relatively stable place to work

    Cons

    Lack of transparency even though it is claimed otherwise
    Few career opportunities
    A plethora of box checking and hoop jumping in order to advance
    Data issues are pervasive
    Management does not listen
    Trades on past biotech reputation while current culture 100% big pharma

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with the employees
    Go back to the former culture where patients mattered, not just the bottom line
    Make employees feel like they matter

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company...constantly changing environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Specialist  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are excellent. The campus is beautiful

    Cons

    Constant organizational changes makes it difficult to keep staff motivated as this always seems to include a RIF

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are what makes the organization what it is today...the attitude is not what it use to be and the company values seem to be floundering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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