Amgen

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Amgen Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
720 Reviews
3.5
720 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Salaries and promotions

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Those in favor get promoted whether one works hard or not.

    Cons

    Those in favor get promoted only sometimes, whether they work hard or not. Accolades are not given within the Research and Development Dept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward with words and compensation. Don't survey work-life balance and make promises that you do not keep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amgen is a very good company to work for if you are looking for very good benefits and salary.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, culture, professionalism. Some of the best time off of any company in the biotechnology industry.

    Cons

    Unstable environment at the present. Probability of moving most manufacturing operations overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bottom line is not the only thing that makes a company great. People are the lifeblood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Exemplifies employers..!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Amazing place to learn business
    - Outstanding values and culture
    - Good opportunities and encouraging management
    - Excellent Benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Change is in the air and management doesn't hold much control over it. Stagnancy can seep in real soon if individual doesn't take charge of his/her own career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have a defined plan and share with the employees.
    - More communication needed to keep boosting morale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience, but very politically charged environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    If you were in siloed business units, you had a great experience because the team was focused on doing well.

    Cons

    There was a very politically charged environment, much more political than I had expected. The company is also going through a restructuring process which is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions and perks should be done more tactfully.

  6.  

    Amgen is great company to work with except recent changes

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

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

    Pros

    It has best benefits among industry

    Cons

    It has two many changes and layoff in recent years. Headquarter location is not favorite

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work at the start, with diminishing returns as company grew larger

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Medical Affairs Function in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Medical Affairs Function in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a high science biotechnology company with outstanding marketed products and a robust pipeline.

    Cons

    As all companies grow larger, there are challenges with bureaucracy and decision-making processes. The optics of all decisions are viewed through too many lenses. It appears that stock price became more important than talent retention. The current restructuring has resulted in the exodus of great talent and expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be wise to hedge your future success on talent and expertise rather than restructuring and reducing the work-force in an effort to increase stock price

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Love working here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Longmont, CO

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

    Pros

    Stimulating environment. Many technical challenges with the resources and authority to solve them. Line management is supportive and encouraging.

    Cons

    Not the most nimble company, and the IS infrastructure is difficult to work with. Many competing priorities often present resource challenges that are not accounted for in deliverable timelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Workplace culture slowly eroding as business focus supercedes science

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Work-life balance, benefits, colleagues. Stock has done tremendously over past 3 years. Great gym.

    Cons

    Loss of perks, loss of talent, layoffs. Too much process. SOPs on wiping your tush. Decisions are made by few, fear of getting it wrong. Risk aversion, both in Go and No Go decisions. Leaders not the best and brightest but have vanilla leadership traits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more incentives to get people excited for the day-to-day work. Make folks proud to bring their kids into the workplace - somber mood needs to be rejiggered to motivate. Set clear science focused vision. Leaders need to lead.

  10.  

    Amgen is a great place to lean the business

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn different areas of biotech and observe leadership styles. Benefits and pay are top notch. The environment is competitive and fast paced.

    Cons

    Lots of changes in 2014 continuing into 2015 so this could affect staff morale. Change is a fact of life though, so if you're willing to work through some tough times, you'll learn a lot from Amgen. With less staff around, the workload will increase but this means opportunity for people willing to do and try new things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary of staff who compete to get ahead instead of competing to make Amgen better. There is an element of art in the scientific discovery world, too much competition drives away the innovative thinking and artist that are needed to do keep the company at the cutting edge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work

    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Strategies, excellent benefits, good atmosphere, good science.

    Cons

    Slow growth, less opportunity for lateral growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage the additional skills of employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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