Amgen Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
652 Reviews
3.6
652 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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211 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.  

    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
  3.  

    good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits especially with longevity

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and group-think are high level, more focus on attention to the details

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    personal growth, more focus on attention to the details

    Recommends
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  5.  

    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.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from this madness

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Finance  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Finance in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    The salaries are higher than anywhere else, for similar titles.

    Cons

    Where do I start...
    >>> 70 hours work weeks are REQUIRED
    >>> An unsustainable business model, with 30% of the workforce being contingent workers (temps)
    >>> Absolutely chaotic environment
    >>> No senior leadership support for improving processes, CONTRARY to what they will tell you during the interview process!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are clueless...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Amgen review

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Good and intesive training, good professionals and work work environment

    Cons

    Company doesn't care about the employees' wellfare, only profitable results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start valuing the employees as professionals and not as profit engines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent staff

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    Current Employee - Global Biostatistical Science  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Global Biostatistical Science in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    I can only speak from my experience in Clinical Development - Good overall compensation package and excellent staff (which includes the contractors). This in turn attracts more brilliant scientists to join. People take their jobs seriously and are enthusiastic in what they do.

    Cons

    New work process and more new work process. Constant changes and endless roll out of new work processes.
    Management sees offshoring the way to become cost effective. It is positively unamarican.
    The recent restructure in the name of centralization essentially rolls the company back what they started just a few years ago.
    It pays to be manager's favorites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck on your new corporate strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unknown future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay and overall benefits. Summer and winter shutdowns are a nice bonus.

    Cons

    Constant re organizations and layoffs. Little to no respect or trust of senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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