Amgen Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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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. Administrative Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

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

    Pros

    Good location, nice staff, hours flexible.

    Cons

    Bad raises & bonuses. Staff overworked.

  2. Senior Associate Scientist

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amgen (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits. Strong budgets for research. Allowed some time to pursue new technology and publish.

    Cons

    poor management of projects and people

    Advice to Management

    invest in your people and incentivize internal cooperation instead of competition

  3. Helpful (1)

    Director Operational Excellence

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Culture, People, Product, Locations

    Cons

    Becoming a large Big Pharma Company. Bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Steer the course. Doing a great job. Consider some ways to bring small company feel.

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  5. Manager, Regulatory Affairs

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Bonus target is not specified in compensation package

    Advice to Management

    Pay scale is below industry standard

  6. Senior Associate

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of paid time off (in addition to a full week off at July 4th, and an additionall full week at Christmas, you start at three weeks vacation then get an additional day per year after your fifth year....plus an additional 10 or so paid holidays).

    Gym onsite - or, if you're at a site without a gym, a $600 allowance for local gym membership.

    Cons

    When I started about 10 years ago, there was an atmosphere that the company cared for the employees that did a good job. Those that didn't meet minimum standards didn't last long, and those that excelled were compensated well. The re were frequent small perks that didn't cost hte company much, but still let the worker bees know that they were appreciated - things like fermentation seminars, ocassional free breakfasts, Crhistmas parties, that sort of thing. But there hasn't been ANY of those things for at least four years now.

    Couple that with multiple rounds of layoffs, expanded usage of contract workers (at a year or two a a time), and there's no wonder that the morale across the company has been falling. Though "shareholder value" has been increasing for the last year and a half, the consensus among employees is that the Board and CEO are doing their best to pump up hte stock price so that they can make a mint in the short term, at the expense both of patients and us hourly employees.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees again...and not just the ones at the executive levels. The lower grades are the folks who do all the hands-on work, after all. Treat us right, and we'll continue to make Amgen the best biotech...but keep treating us like crap, and you'll get crap work back.

  7. Scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Science-Based, Innovation, Smart People, Good Work-Life Balance, Excellent Benefits

    Cons

    Restructure, Attrition, Disengaged Staff, Hard to Get Promoted

    Advice to Management

    Get restructure done faster, people are willing to accept change but dislike the permanent instability created by it

  8. Physician specialized in Rheumatology

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    Current Employee - Physician, Hospitalist in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Physician, Hospitalist in Paris (France)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Experience in managing patients with rheumatic diseases
    Managing a team of nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists; great opportunity for integrated patient care.

    Cons

    Entranched institutional bureaucracy sometimes inflexible with
    limited advancement potential and inflexible scheduling.
    Limited patient population and outcomes.
    Budget limitations

    Advice to Management

    Be more openned to new ideas and situations

  9. Specialist IS Programmer Analyst

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    Former Employee - Specialist IS Programmer Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist IS Programmer Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amgen takes good care of its employees in terms of salary and benefits. Good, competitive, fast-moving, and challenging environment.

    Cons

    Outsourcing jobs is weakening the company. As the company has grown over the years, it has lost much of its culture that made it such a great company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing skilled positions. You are gutting the company by losing people with a lot of knowledge and experience. Learn from your mistakes, like the IBM outsourcing fiasco, followed by issues caused by HP outsourcing. We'll see how things go now with Cognizant outsourcing.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Cutbacks in staffing a major concern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Great benefits, great facilities, wonderful climate (in California)

    Cons

    With severe cutbacks in staff company-wide, they've cut muscle and bone in areas in which compliance with laws and regulations are critical.

  11. Decent working environment, way out in nowhere (good for families), working culture has evolved into profit focus

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    working with smart, dedicated people, generous PTO

    Cons

    office politics have increased significantly over the years

    Advice to Management

    Amgen, you're a big boy now, put on your big boy pants. Focus on modernization and optimized efficiency of technology and processes.

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