Amgen Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    from great to good

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits, competitive salary, fast paced and evolving

    Cons

    unable to stabilize direction and leadership, lack of concern for the individual employee, organizational change undetermined and dragging on for years

    Advice to Management

    decide who you want to be as a culture....and get there


  2. Excellent

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

    I have been working at Amgen (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Do to lack of new products, Amgen is rightsizing. They are laying people off and also hiring a few new people.

    Advice to Management

    ???


  3. Helpful (2)

    expert systems admin

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interim Service Delivery Manager/Expert Systems Administrator in Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Interim Service Delivery Manager/Expert Systems Administrator in Ventura, CA

    I worked at Amgen (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    broad range of interesting work and people.

    Cons

    outsourcing and frequent layoffs drive high quality talent away.

    Advice to Management

    keep investing in employees - they are the science on which you profit.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Manager, Medical Services

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Has some of the best and smartest people I've met; great products; value the patient end user. Some departments have a very good culture, some have a more competitive nature.

    Cons

    They cut resources but not projects. Hard to advance. Specific Degrees required for some roles more to keep ceilings for some in place rather than as a true necessity

    Advice to Management

    There is an arrogance--Value your people and their development more, and don't just assume that "working for Amgen" is reward enough itself


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great for several years, not sure how the restructuring is going to affect staff.

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. The paid holiday week over the 4th of July and Christmas (outside of your normal vacation time) is fantastic. Lots of products in the pipeline.

    Cons

    All Operations and Development concentrated in Thousand Oaks CA and Boston MA. Staff happiness used to be very important and part of the culture...not so anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Get through the restructuring and "right the ship". Value staff happiness again and you will get so much more from the staff.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Scientist

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

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many great people to work with; lots of learning opportunities; definitely a great place to do science; great benefits

    Cons

    Undergo lots of changes which sometimes causes uncertainty for career direction; promotions become more challenging and limited

    Advice to Management

    The best way to engage staff and enhance morale is to be direct and transparent about undergoing changes.


  8. Program Manager

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

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, employees are well educated and respectful, great cafeterias, well connected and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Reorganization is causing a lot of anxiety and confusion.. Contractors are becoming less than equal. Office space is less than great and few office hotels.

    Advice to Management

    Shared Vision is more than a vision statement. Share the real vision. Let employees know the real direction of the company. Looks more and more like a headquarters move out of California.


  9. Manager Training and Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Training and Development Manager in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Training and Development Manager in Longmont, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I love the positive culture and values. They have excellent benefits and salary with a great annual bonus program. Highly recommend. Love the flexible schedules and ability to work remote.

    Cons

    They are doing a lot of lean efforts which help the business, but mean lots of cut backs and they are scaling back geographically, so no more opportunities in Colorado and Washington for now.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Amgen is not what it used to be anymore

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

    I worked at Amgen (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefit and 401k match. The work was interesting and the people there were nice at least when I worked there.

    Cons

    No job security and layoff left and right. Amgen layoff practices are well publicized.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Director Quality Assurance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great current pipeline, benefits are industry standard for biotech

    Cons

    Sr Leadership is poor, employee moral at all time low. New hires being brought in at lower pay levels

    Advice to Management

    Jettison heads of PD, DP, Int'l Quality.



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