Amgen Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
658 Reviews
3.5
658 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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214 Ratings

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.  

    Excellent company to work for.

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    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great experience, nice place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Breda (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Breda (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of days off, high paygrade.
    Using good hardware (HP notebooks and iPhones).

    Actions in the company are thought over a lot.
    Never a dull moment

    Cons

    Strict regulations
    Leaderships differs a lot on quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider the operational management layer.
    Gain feedback from their direct reports.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Positioning itself for future success

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist Business Analyst  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist Business Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits (total rewards) will keep one from leaving. If you are talented, they will spot it and fast track you.

    Cons

    Decision making has too many layers but management is looking to peel the "layers of mgmt" in this restructuring effort. It will make position the company for success given it's promising pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing the right thing for patients and shareholders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Company going through a needed transition but the future has big potential

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

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    -products are impactful, which is hugely motivating
    -great compensation and overall benefits
    -generous stock grants
    -2 one-week shutdowns, plus 3 weeks vacation, plus holidays
    -beautiful campus with excellent amenities (gym, dry cleaning, food, etc)

    Cons

    -slow decision making
    -too many under-qualified, over-paid executive directors and VPs... Many from early amgen and need to move on as they limit progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring is healthy and needed. Cut deep enough to make a lasting change but no deeper, it will make a great company for all

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Operations Manager  in  Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Research Operations Manager in Longmont, CO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company provides best in class benefits and takes great care of employees financial. The provide a culture the fosters work life balance.

    Cons

    US opportunities shrinking. More and more of the US operations are being reduced or relocated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amgen an awesome place to work!

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    Current Employee - N/A  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - N/A in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Inspite of announcement to close Colorado offices, still an awesome place to work.

    Cons

    Announcement to close Colorado offices.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    above average benefits and competitive salary

    Cons

    don't have any cons to report

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing Company with great pay and benefits.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Longmont, CO

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

    Pros

    Professionalism mixed with fun.
    Develops employess
    Extremely competitive environment

    Cons

    Work life balance, leadership, direction of company is shaky right now for sustainable employment.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent place to work and grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and work environment. I have enjoyed my work very much here.

    Cons

    Thousand Oaks is a slow city that sleeps by 9pm. If you want a late night dinner, you will have very few options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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