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Amgen Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
776 Reviews
3.4
776 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    thankful for the flexible work arrangement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Global Development Operations
    Current Employee - Manager, Global Development Operations

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Generous time off policy, including 2 one week shutdowns; great work-life balance and telecommuting options; good benefits; work with a smart group of people; the pros outweigh the cons and have kept me from looking for other jobs

    Cons

    limited opportunities for promotion; people can be title-centric rather than recognizing the contributions people can make regardless of their title

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop and breathe--celebrate success; let reorgs sink in a bit before you move on to the next thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senor Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You learn something new every day

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are limited at this point

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Fast-paced and high expectations from upper management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Research Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Project Research Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, Good benefits, Smart people, Nice work environment
    Great geographical location.
    Opportunities to advance but not as many as there use to be
    They encourage personal growth but it depends heavily on the support of your Report To

    Cons

    Demanding, very fast-pace, satisfaction and growth very dependent on what department you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the employees at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to pay increases, opportunities to advance, and recognition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I have been working at Amgen as a contract worker. I hope some day I can work for the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    It's a good company to work for.

    Cons

    The fact that it's hard to get a position at Amgen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My experience working here has been nothing but positive.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    The transparency with management has been outstanding, this job always keep me challenged and on my feet. I really enjoy the team effort in the department as well.

    Cons

    The space that I work in is really not conducive to optimal performance as we are subject to other conversations and were all bundled together in a cubicle like area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making so many changes in relatively short period of time or you will continue to see the domino effect of low employee moral and overall performance hindered.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits and good work/life balance.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist Systems Administrator
    Current Employee - Specialist Systems Administrator

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a larger company which allows for job advancement. In my group work/life balance was very good. The IT group is large, so you can have exposure to very large Enterprise systems.

    Cons

    The IT group is quite large, which adds quite a bit of bureaucracy. They outsource and hire far too many contractors to be as effective as they could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a contractor has been with the company for 2-3+ year, you should Do-The-Right-Thing and make them an FTE.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company... with big changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Great ethics and ambition, great science and people

    Cons

    Currently restructuring (downsizing)- they are working on process improvement and may snuff out innovation if they are not very careful

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Nicest Place to work...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Friendly Environment... Intellectual group ...and fun team work.

    Cons

    Nothing..Would love to go back...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    It was the best intern experience ever

    Cons

    There were no cons. Great learning experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Company has lost its way pandering to wall street.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people in the scientific community work for Amgen. You will have to work hard to finding a better compensation package. It is exceptional.

    Cons

    The number of actual Amgen employees is diminishing with emphasis on outsourcing almost everything. Many of the best scientists have left over the last few years. Management came up with the brilliant idea of closing the Seattle site to save money. They apparently thought that people would move from Seattle to San Francisco or Boston. Brilliant move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually follow and believe in the Amgen values instead of padding your pocket book. If you cared about patients you would not have that ridiculous compensation package and those corporate jets. Stop lying to the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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