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Amgen Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
627 Reviews

3.6
627 Reviews
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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.  

    good place to work, unfortunately missed our target for 2016

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    A lot of resources, maybe too many! Good people wanting to make a difference. Seattel is a great place to work and the people are wonderful. They really work well as a team.

    Cons

    Teams can't make a decision. Projects aren't prioritized and teams waste time on unproductive projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the business (but I gugess that's what we are doing right now!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Transformation please

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can apply critical thinking. There are challenges to face everyday!

    Cons

    Too much paperwork.
    Temps and Contractors are segregated in so many ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much burocracy.
    Too many managers.
    Too much elitism.

  3.  

    Very mixed feelings in my several-year experience at Amgen, particularly in light of recent layoff announcement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    In a list format, these are things that have generally been very satisfying: resources available that enable our work, cutting edge technology, forward-thinking (progressive) mentality, coworkers (at least, those that I work with directly), generally competitive compensation package with strong benefits, mission statement, name recognition.

    Cons

    Also in a list format: top-heavy company, sometimes risk-adverse, sometimes slow to make decisions (which is typically endemic in a larger corporation), competitive environment, relatively weak career development opportunities, and last but certainly not least the current reduction-in-force announcement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Positive for benefits, less positive for the co-workers. Slowly taking more away.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are good. Campus is beautiful. Gym is nice.

    Cons

    Politics, people who have been there for a long time are spoiled and don't realize they have a good job. Some work very hard, others don't because they are management favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much LMS training. More communication on business outlook. Don't give as much notice to employees with lay offs because no one works when they hear of lay offs coming.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of stress, but great benefits

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

    Pros

    Lots of paid holidays, vacation days, and a great 401k

    Cons

    Management consists of young MBA types that are afraid of saying anything but yes. Through layoff after layoff, more work gets piled on and more useless contractors come on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and bring back the old management. Oh, and dig up your old copy of the Amgen values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hire contract workers full-time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours, beautiful campus, excellent break areas

    Cons

    Doing the same work as full-time employees without the benefits or potential of being hired full-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring your contract workers. We work hard only to be told after a couple of months to look for another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Opportunities go to upper management, no job security

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, good pay and benefits, great relocation benefits, a young company that tends toward forward thinking

    Cons

    No job security - continual reductions in force and job insecurity. A lot of positions are being contracted out, I would guess at least 50% of the work force at the Thousand Oaks campus are contracted employees. Work life balance can be hard to achieve - the more positions lost, the more we are expected to "do more with less", but no assistance or guidance on how to make it happen is given, just an ever increasing work load.Upper management sheds work to direct reports and can often give little guidance/have unrealistic expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing value added employees because of the constant uncertainty/instability. Restructuring the company is a good idea, but the way it is being done will result in a great cost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good work life balance but to much focus on cost in R&D/Operations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very unique in the ability to work on so many products.

    Cons

    Business and lawyers drive the decisions, science is somewhere in the mix.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Get the lot out the door no matter what.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Owner  in  Juncos, PR
    Current Employee - Systems Owner in Juncos, PR

    Pros

    Great products and strong pipeline. Great pay and benefits. Good food, nice facilities, bright people (the ones who actually do the hands-on work =30%)

    Cons

    Relentless AML (Puerto Rico) Management resolve to ship product no matter what. If you go there to work make sure you go for a management position (giving orders), not for an individual contributor position (taking orders and doing the hard work). Low morale. Corporate Hypocrisy at its best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance better work distribution (70% of employees telling what to do and criticizing and 30% of employees doing the hard work and keeping the business rolling). Shift your focus from company financials to patient safety. Get rid of your unfair evaluation system where 10% of the hard working employees have to get bad evaluations to save compensation money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Down From Greatness to ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work is generally satisfying and the colleagues at the contributor levels are great. Salary is fair and the benefits are competitive. With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable.

    Cons

    Some key decisions including outsourcing that were made by management several years ago has been core in contributing to the current high cost structure. Reorganization and reduction in force has been a very common management tool in the last few years and will be ongoing for many more years. Merit based career advancement does not exist. "Leadership" is a value used to be core to management but this has not been the case after many years to multiple restructuring and reorganization. Current management at many levels has been aloof on understanding the root of the issue and worst yet their individual staff contribution and performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to have a balanced view and understanding of the root cause to address the organization's cost structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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