Amgen Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
654 Reviews
3.5
654 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
Robert A. Bradway
212 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.  

    Good values in spite of size

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart people with a great mission. Not too much internal politics, management is generally competent. Good quality work with excellent science behind it. Good compensation with great benefits. Fairly easy to strike good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes feels like a large company with a lot of red tape. Can be frustrating to see shareholder value take priority over employees. Is leaving WA state. I'm sad to see them go and would liked to have stayed with Amgen until retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to include staff affected by decisions more in at least the information gathering activity, if not the actual decision making.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Super Benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Forward looking biotech that focuses on return for shareholders

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Sr. Leadership focused on patients and shareholders, great culture

    Cons

    Non innovative, tough to push projects through that add value, poor accountability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent place to work and grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people and work environment. I have enjoyed my work very much here.

    Cons

    Thousand Oaks is a slow city that sleeps by 9pm. If you want a late night dinner, you will have very few options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing Company with great pay and benefits.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Longmont, CO

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

    Pros

    Professionalism mixed with fun.
    Develops employess
    Extremely competitive environment

    Cons

    Work life balance, leadership, direction of company is shaky right now for sustainable employment.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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
  9.  

    Amgen Finance - historically been good career development, future TBD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Applies to Finance only: Good performers have been able to rotate jobs every 2-3 years and get promoted on a decent schedule. Relatively informal atmosphere.

    Amgen overall: decent pay, good bonus program (really good for Directors & above). 10% 401K matching is nice.

    Cons

    Applies to Finance only: Much harder to get promoted beyond Senior Manager. Only one internal promotion to VP in last 10+ years, rest are external hires. 4 or 5 CFOs in last 7 years.

    Amgen overall: definitely in "productivity" mode, CEO even talked about layoffs are likely coming, hard to focus on the real jobs at hand. If you leave near Amgen, you'll likely have to move if you change companies because there are not many other options without a long commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Applies to Finance only: Need to develop a track to VP internally. How can you have no internal promotions to VP in a company this size?

    Amgen overall: Need to weed out the lazy people who just hang on here because they like living in the area. They are taking away opportunities for the up and comers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great science company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. It's a great campus to work for.

    Cons

    Strapped to a position. It's difficult to move from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unknown future

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    • Career Opportunities
    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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