Amgen Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
654 Reviews
3.5
654 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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212 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Excellent company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    Good company with good people

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great talent, beautiful campus, nice benefits

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    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Great company on track for being a "good" company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Potential exist if current environment doesn't drive a mass exodus if high performers.

    Cons

    Lack of decision making, very ambiguous environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Senior Project Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    The people at Amgen are extremely knowledgable, many with vast experiences, who are truly passionate about making a difference in patients' lives. The benefits are great!

    Cons

    Work life balance; low morale & productivity; changing uncertain environment including pending lay-off and restructuring are affecting the culture and values of the Amgen of old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff are weary of all the uncertainties and mistrust with management's mission. People felt management only cares about the bottom line, and have made a mistake of not valuing the tremendous loss of expertise until it will be too late.

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