Amgen Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
676 Reviews
3.5
676 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 76 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 85 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once a good company, now a sinking ship

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

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

    Pros

    Great medical and vacation benefits; good salary and generous bonus; money to spend; beautiful area

    Cons

    All the "Pro" above will soon be gone (except the beautiful area) under the current management, which is extremely short-term and wall street focused; does not value employees or experiences; no work-life balance; highly political and toxic environment; lack of a solid pipeline; declined revenue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with employees about your real intention/plan; sell this company fast, spare the employees from this type of slaughter house torture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Conitngent

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  3.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, although perks have reduced over the last few years

    Cons

    Ongoing layoffs. Makes you uncomfortable as you aren't sure of your status.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Director

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    Current Employee - Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amgen

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    Current Employee - Executive Director Marketing in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director Marketing in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a very financialy strong organization with significant free cashflows and a strong cash position. It also has a very strong pipeline.

    Cons

    Sr. Management is currently dismantleing the organization. The staff is getting demoralized as there is little value placed on experience and there is a significant focus on bringing in people from the out side for new Sr. positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look elswhere until things settle down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    great colleagues, but terrible upper management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist

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

    Pros

    Good scientists within my dept. and across different collaborating groups

    Cons

    The upper management is very weak in science, focuses too much on "messaging", and very unfair. It seems that they only care about climbing up the ladder themselves. The actual science and career development for the subordinates are largely ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and get to know supporting staff's true scientific strength. And be good human beings!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great scientists, mediocre management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues, potential to do very interesting and important work. Potential to publish in good journals. Nice labs. Company has the resources to do great things. Compensation and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Typical modern American capitalism. Company is run purely for the benefit of shareholders (not necessarily wrong, but can be counterproductive in this industry). Management is confused and reorganizations are frequent. Everything possible will be outsourced. Thousand Oaks is a wasteland and Amgen is the only game in town.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the science instead of the stock price. Stop outsourcing research - you will get what you pay for. Thousand Oaks is a terrible place to recruit scientists to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great talent, beautiful campus, nice benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Workplace is really beautiful, lots of meeting spaces outdoors. Culture of fitness and activity (cycling, walking, group sports). Competitive pay and benefits. Company's products change people's lives (feel good about where you work).

    Cons

    I hear about the "glory days" of Amgen, where it seemed much more of a free spirited company, but since I've been here I've seen it get more and more stuffy and corporate. Excessive layers of management inhibit flexibility and innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can still play savvy business without losing your sense of workplace enjoyment. Happy workers = better business!

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

    3 years ago I would give a 5 star

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Juncos, PR
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Juncos, PR

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A lot of talented & smart people.
    Great Benefits.

    Cons

    Amgen has changed from a science based company centered in values and development to a another big pharma driven only by finances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-focus in the Amgen values and maintain the motivation of staff members.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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