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Amgen Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
740 Reviews
3.5
740 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 82 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be out of sorts when project deadlines loom but that's not unusual (in 25 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 37 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very good company to work for

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

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    - friendly/helpful people
    - competitive salary
    - good benefits
    - good perks

    Cons

    - doing a lot of layoffs and restructuring in 2014 and 2015

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good experience in Amegn

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Location
     management
    Work from home

    Cons

    Pay scal, Project
                         Lot of office politices

  3.  

    Positive learning experience and advancement opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Amgen rate very high for benefits, compensation, and work life balance. Very team based and excellant safety culture.

    Cons

    Amgen has changed its business practices which include the closure of some sites. The Colorado site will be shutdown by late 2015 or early 2016.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Endless training opportunities; awesome benefits and many ways to gain extra perks!

    Cons

    As with many companies, they have those that should not be in leadership. but overall, the leadership is great. Most employees really try hard to live by the Amgen standards. Compensation plus the benefit package is awesome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company and people

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    The company mission is to serve patients. It's a great place to work. Challenging projects, great colleagues. Still has good company team spirit.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be out of sorts when project deadlines loom but that's not unusual. Some teams too lean which make work load harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should listen more to the workers that know the space. Rebuild teams as quickly as you can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good Place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Representative
    Current Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Representative

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, compensation, vacation: Creates good work life balance.

    Cons

    Personal growth non-existent. Lots of middle management. Too much hierarchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider developing more talent from the pool of employees. Get rid of unnecessary middle management that don't do much. Be more transparent. With all the layoffs happening, no one knows when and where will all the layoffs happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Wages, 401k, vacation, sick leave if you can use it (although too many abuse it), used to have many company perks but not anymore

    Cons

    One of the worst work environments I've experienced. People are immoral, lazy, inefficient. It's all about politics and cozying up to the right people. Good talkers get promoted, but they have nothing to show for it. Top-heavy with too many managers that do no real work but get paid the big bucks. People are afraid to speak out in fear of retaliation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The layoffs were meant to make the company more efficient but the good knowledgeable workers are leaving and the useless managers are being retained. Fix that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hypocrites Rule!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Well work-life balance
    - Flexible work schedule and location

    Cons

    - Value staff to be agreeable than to be right
    - Lack of transparency on promotion criteria
    - Encourage staff to cover one another on mediocre work or loopholes, and then sugarcoat them as achievement
    - Encourage creativity but lack of harness, so staff tend to work in their own way which is disconnected from business need

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some departments are ruled by autocrats biased with their own peculiar experiences, but pretend to be democrats with open-mind. These hypocrites are trying to build their own castles on a detour from general industry practice so that only themselves can lead the way for their own job security rather than for business continuity. Do not let these hypocrites fool you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good compensation, little development opportunity

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Pays well and great benefits. 401K and vacation are generous.

    Cons

    Confusing place to work. Overly demanding on the competent folks, leaving the incompetent to do very little. Little to no opportunity for promotion, particularly when widely known, far-below-average staff are consistently promoted based on age, race and gender to fulfill quotas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, lots of change happening and future is unclear.

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people who work there are great and the work is rewarding. The team environment is good and the teams were great to manage. The benefits are great and during the years I was there I had many opportunities to do different things and explore multiple roles. Up until early 2014 I would have rated the company 5 stars.

    Cons

    The company is undergoing significant changes and it is a difficult time to be in R&D, as the budget cutting is significant, particularly on the earlier (research, pre-phase 2) programs. In the last year that I was at the company there was a significant amount of change and it is not clear when that will settle down. With the restructuring and layoffs in the last few months there is a lot of negative energy at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-engage the staff and make sure the highly skilled employees who work there feel valued. Make sure to create some stability, as it is hard for employees to do their best when the sands under their feet are changing constantly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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