Amgen
3.5 of 5 587 reviews
www.amgen.com Thousand Oaks, CA 5000+ Employees

Amgen Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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3.5 587 reviews

                             

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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway

Robert A. Bradway

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work/Life balance competitive salaries and challenging work"
    in 60 reviews
  • "Amgen offers great benefits in terms of vacation time and 401K matching"
    in 71 reviews
Cons:
  • "There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels"
    in 28 reviews
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    Great company

    Material Coordinator (Current Employee)
    West Greenwich, RI

    ProsIt has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan

    ConsThere are changes coming and I am starting to question what the future is. And what Management is not telling us.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk the people who do the job what need to change. And really listen to they.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intense atmosphere with excellent benefits

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsThe campus in Thousand Oaks is without question, beautiful and the area a great place to live. The overall benefits are what you would expect from a large corporate employer with added on campus perks. There was a time when Amgen attracted talented people and many are still there, so one is mostly surrounded by smart folks.

    ConsThe culture is intense, and that is no understatement. The hierarchy is like no other within the industry, very much a top down organization focused on the bottom line.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Striving to keep sight of patients and science while accelerating growth in a changing health care world.

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople: Smart, inquiring, caring, committed. You learn something new every day, some of it better than sci-fi.
    Benefits. This company takes care of its own. Support staff like HR, Comp, Payroll give an unbelievable level of individual support for a company this size.
    Cost discipline.

    ConsSense of instability: "What's next?" Some staff concerned that the company is trying to move TOO fast...

    Advice to Senior ManagementPatients.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Scientist (Former Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsAmgen provides an excellent compensation and benefits package, the working environment is excellent in general with some notable exceptions, and the company provides extensive employee development training opportunities. The Amgen campus is ideally located in Thousand Oaks, which has great weather, excellent schools, and a safe environment.

    ConsCareer path opportunities are limited and advancement is often driven by politics. Numerous inefficiencies and multiple layers of bureaucracy are prevalent; management decisions are often arbitrary. Far too many unproductive meetings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA career path with opportunities for advancement, particularly for R&D needs to be in place. Reduce the heavy middle management positions and develop a fair and equitable system for promotions that reduces the politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A 10 year perspective

    Associate Scientist (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsManagement is flexible about time off. Compensation is good for all positions. Bonus has maintained 10% of pay for the last ten years. The Amgen Seattle campus is gorgeous, situated on Elliott Bay. Many good scientists are attracted to work for the company.

    ConsNear constant reorganization of departments gives a sense that leadership cannot make clear decisions. Benefits have waned over the last several years. Morale has been in the basement. Recent efforts to restructure have dragged on for nearly a year with no action. Bench scientists and other technical workers are steadily being replaced by contract workers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe mantra that cheaper is better has been going on for way too long. If cuts need to be made, do it with some efficiency then work on morale of all those who make the cut.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Be ready to change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBrilliant employees, stimulating water cooler conversations, culture (less now than previous years), outstanding benefits, opportunities to try something new, beautiful main campus, inspiring mission.

    ConsChange, change and a lot more changes on top of each other without regard to impact on staff morale, sustainability, or work-life balance. Very limited promotion opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn from your mistakes, don't ignore Amgen's past experiences, truly listen to staff at all levels (not just communicate survey results with no real change). Consider staff retention as a cost saving devise.

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    Going downhill

    Scientist (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros-2 shutdowns each year

    -Pay is good

    Cons-Amgen had an safety incident this year which has led to a "safety culture" that is completely unreasonable. Women are forced to wear pants. Reports are filed if someone is walking down steps in high heels. Employees are treated like children, not highly trained and qualified staff.

    -With the ascent of Bob Bradway, Amgen is now cutting corners and cutting costs anywhere and everywhere, from the cafeterias to the number of steps it takes to move a molecule to the clinic. Bob's methods will no doubt boost EPS temporarily but long term it will hurt the company tremendously.

    -People are forced to spend a significant amount of time in worthless trainings and pointless, repetitive meetings.

    -Management has been threatening layoffs for an entire year. Productivity has plummeted and people are becoming despondent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdjust the salaries of the employees who have been at Amgen for 20 years and are making salaries that are 2X what they should be. Trust your employees. Don't cut R&D.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very dynamic place to work, challenging projects, very bright staff members.

    Scientist (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsOutstanding benefits, very good compensation, plenty of time off, extremely generous 401k package, very generous bonus plan. Good emphasis on personal scientific growth. Get a week off at Christmas as well as a week off during 4th of July in addition to 15 vacation days. Great campus and great weather year round.

    ConsNot many levels within group, so it's difficult to get promoted. Can spend many years at the same level with no promotion reward. Politics within R&D at the very top that trickle down to group. Decisions are made at the top that don't always make much sense with respect to the way each group does things, but must live with decision and must implement it. Like any company, big emphasis on the dollar value which can put constraints on the way one does research.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBelieve wholeheartedly in what R&D is trying to accomplish

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Important products, tough environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsCompany's mission to support those grievously ill is important ... the products really help patients.

    ConsPeople insensitivity - little to no investment in human capital of any substance. very hierarchical

    Advice to Senior ManagementAnnounce staff reductions - do it and get it over with. The anxiety is tough on everyone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company with great culture and work-life balance

    Biostatistical Programming (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGreat benefit, work-life balance, management, and a lot of payed vocations. The campus is beautiful!

    ConsThe headquarter sits in Thousand Oaks, which is not as exciting.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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