Amgen Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
658 Reviews
3.5
658 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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214 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 73 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 83 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees (in 23 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 35 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much stress, very poor management, treat contract workers like aliens

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    Former Employee - Scientist  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice campus. Food options for lunch are great. .

    Cons

    The workload can get overwhelming when there is lack of management or guidance. Huge discrepancy between treatment of full time staff and contract workers. 30% of employees laid off between now through 2016, while the CEO, VP and execs rake in millions of dollars a year in bonuses and stocks. No job stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure new staff gets the proper training that is needed. Maybe if execs weren't so hung up on raking in millions in bonuses, thousands of people would still have jobs. Replacing full time staff for contract workers will save the company money, but work morale, company reputation and work attitude is on a steep downhill.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent company to work for

    Current Employee - Senior Manager IS  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager IS in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    above average benefits and competitive salary

    Cons

    don't have any cons to report

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Super Benefits

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Longmont, CO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; generous vacation package; surrounded by very talented colleagues; the culture of the site is very nice; location is beautiful

    Cons

    Low morale; benefits package is being trimmed; day-to-day work is not challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should be people who are qualified/trained to manage, not just someone who has reached level "X" in their careers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Conitngent

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    Current Employee - Material Coordinator II  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Material Coordinator II in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Contingent work is nice, you get a paycheck every week

    Cons

    no benefits, no days off no paid sick days, All FTEs feel like they have some sort of power over you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make CW feel more part of the team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible!

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    Former Employee - Benefits  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Benefits in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Campus & Cafeteria and Benefits...

    Cons

    Communication is awful, no loyalty. They keep temp employees very long so they don't pay them benefits... Lay-offs left and right. They hire contractors/temps all the time so they don't have to pay benefits...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your HR departments and they way they operate... Not very honest in telling you what is going on...
    The treatment of employees is horrible! Take a look at your contractors/temps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Pays well, talented people, great pipeline, two shutdowns a year

    Cons

    Lack of stability during re-org, low morale due to pending layoff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-org as quick as possible, make people who stayed feel valued

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

    Beautiful campus

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    The Thousand Oaks campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is very difficult to achieve. They have succession plans, but I never saw someone agreed on as a successor get the job when the incumbent left. Management typically goes outside for senior people rather than develop from within. The company is currently being dismantled. Look for work in other cities that have more options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your planned cuts quickly and make sure all the 2nd mortgages people took to move to the area are forgiven in total. No one in TO is going to be able to sell their house now that you're cutting back anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great company, but too top heavy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    At the moment, there are plenty of opportunities for staff development. I'm not sure how much longer that will be available. Work life balance was a priority several years ago. They have a decent pay scale and the worst bonus I ever had was far better than anything I ever got in Academia

    Cons

    The company is too top heavy- so many VPs. Right now, the emphasis is bottom line for the shareholders and not so much for the employees. Communication is not a priority from the top down, and it seems the rumor mill is rife.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember there are 6 Amgen values not just shareholder profit. Don't for get being scientific, working in teams and the ever confusing "do the right thing". Because right now, it's not happening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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