Amgen

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Amgen Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
716 Reviews
3.5
716 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.  

    Used to feel like I was valued

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits - lots of smart people to work around

    Cons

    Lay offs constantly. No job security. Upper management doesn't care about your work ethic - just playing the poltics with all the other millionaire upper managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring and valuing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Change Management and PMO Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Org Change Management & Communication in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Org Change Management & Communication in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great physical environment and location in T.O.
    Bright people
    Lots of projects and work

    Cons

    A bit "stuffy" and 'old school" meaning typical health hierarchy is very top-down and title driven
    Do not treat contractors very well
    Amgen has changed (as told by many I know who have been there for over 17 years or recently left) for the worst meaning very, very bottom line and quick to lay off... many are on pins and needles over their jobs which has drastically affected the local community of Thousand Oaks negatively
    Should be a non-profit considering the work they do
    Need to go back to their original mission and not so much on high (and higher) profits/share price and shareholders - focus on your real mission of better treatments and solutions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditto as above: Need to go back to their original mission and not so much on high (and higher) profits/share price and shareholders - focus on your real mission of better treatments and solutions
    Also, treat employees as customers. Be aware that the community is very leery of your status and you are about to lose all favor and positive image and support (much is already eroded).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Grad Internship review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Amgen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to learn about the health care industry. The people are all very busy and hardworking but also willing to take time to chat. Amgen corporate office did a great job putting together the program. Really encouraged you to learn everything about Amgen, not just the office in which you are placed.

    Cons

    Can be slow if you don't seek out work or if your supervisor is out of the office a lot... So, don't really have any cons to add here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall a rewarding experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    - Top salary and benefits
    - Strong leadership
    - Collaborative environment

    Cons

    - Politics have increased
    - Spend way too much energy/resources on keeping certain executives happy (quiet) instead of doing more important work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great place to work for an Administrative Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Numerous benefits and perks for employees. There is an on-site cafeteria, starbucks, gym all for employee use. The time off is also stellar you get 1 week off at Christmas and another week at Independence Day as well as 3 weeks of vacation for a total of 5 weeks off. Very nice work environment. Very nice coworkers. One very big perk is a totally casual dress code.

    Cons

    Working with Scientists who may not really know what you do. There is not a career path for Administrative Assistant.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company, great perks of working there.

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

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

    Pros

    I love the onsite gym. I can go at lunch and it is nicer than the public ones I have joined.

    Cons

    Hard to advance in a science world without a PhD

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Huge transformation

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

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

    Pros

    Management has their ears open, huge opportunities for people with skills, time when major changes are happening

    Cons

    Uncertainty about business need for individual groups. Looming possibility of benefits being re-aligned to pharma business norms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stock price is a huge indicator of management effectiveness, but we still want to primarily serve patients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people and great mission.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Highly educated and motivated staff. Nicest bunch of people you will ever meet.

    Cons

    Constant management turnover which frequently brings pointless change and churn. Senior management seems to want change before issues and status quo are understood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your community.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for. Very good mission to be part of

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities; good management; great benefits 401(k), time off. Good diversity and overall great place to work

    Cons

    Company is getting lean; workload is intense; company going through difficult times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is core of people who are getting the work done day after day. Spend the time to find out who they are and reward them. There are many people who are just riding on the backs of people who are getting the work done and building their resumes without actually contributing, but extracting significant mileage and benefits from the company.
    If you continue to ignore the core of employees who continue to get the job done, it will eventually not be there and company will enter a downward spiral that will be difficult to recover from.
    We are at a important inflection point in 2014 and ignoring the above fact will take the company on a downward trajectory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good place with good compensation and benefits but going international not US based.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    benefits and compensation time off policies

    Cons

    promotions and internation explansion not US based

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