Amgen

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Amgen Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
700 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 36 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good pay but leadership doesn't follow their own value statement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    compensation and work life balance (if you are in the right organization)

    Cons

    Culture, poor leadership at the Director and Executive Director levels,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Associate Review

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and mission. Staff has integrity

    Cons

    Lack of growth and leadership from Executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, better compensation in line with other biotech companies. Constantly changing and dynamic environment.

    Cons

    Too top heavy. Organization has changed a lot and lot of work load.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall, great experience...times--they are a changing.

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    Former Employee - Category Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, traninng and on-site gym

    Cons

    Managment has lost culture. Depending on the department, a general observation is that Amgen does not promote internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the collobration back and let loose a little bit...no unique culture anymore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Salaries are top notch and the company is on cutting edge of Biotech companies.

    Cons

    Position was a contract position and unfortunately the company was in the middle of hiring freeze at the time my contract ended.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider extending contract terms for the contract employees who the company knows it would like to hire on as a permanent worker during a hiring freeze so as to eliminate all the red tape regarding that candidate's availability to hire following the end of their original contracted term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company with good people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good 401k, bonus and career development

    Cons

    Limited locations and shifting strategies

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a five start company - excellent mission, benefits, work/life balance, science-based, great camaraderie among coworkers

    Cons

    Career progression was difficult and workload became redundant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work before the core values were thrown out

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

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

    Pros

    The current benefits are great, but don't expect it to last.
    Full pipeline and lots of challenging problems to solve.
    Work life balance is what you make it.

    Cons

    The current executive staff are destroying the company. Morale is incredibly low. There is little contingency planning for the massive reorganization that is in process, and most current employees do not view the changes as being for the better.
    Last year there were no raises for mid career folks and above. This is likely to continue into next year. Salaries are considered overinflated. So, there have been slow cuts to benefits that are likely to continue. Great folks have worked for over 10 years with no hope of a promotion in sight. This leads to entire departmental groups of people skilled enough for promotion. So many in a pool like that leads to backstabbing and cut corners.
    Overspending on poor decisions and corporate perks continues unhindered despite cuts to staff.
    Additionally, there are so many administrative layers that one spends more time on administrative stuff than real science.
    Most who are smart are making plans to move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We used to value good science, patient safety, our community, and each other in addition to return for stockholders. Unless you return to these values, Amgen will not survive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unique company doing its best to become just another big business

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

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

    Pros

    Talented people, excellent 401K match and PTO (for now)

    Cons

    Layoffs and site closures causing talent to leave in droves. Executive leadership is deliberately ignorant of what it takes to deliver results in all parts of the business.

    Continual erosion of salaries and benefits are making the organization ordinary. Amgen's culture is one of blame and shame. Lack of career growth opportunities, the grade level and salary that you join with are both going to stay stagnant during your employment. Amgen does not promote its people, even more so in Information Services. If you are an IT person who is career oriented I cannot endorse working for Amgen. As an IT professional you will have better opportunities elsewhere.

    The organization used to be a good stepping stone to learn and train at, however now the opportunities to widen one's knowledge base are few and far between at Amgen.

    Be prepared for excessively long work days - 16 hours is the norm, plus weekends. As more people leave the ones that stay are expected to take on more and fall to their knees with thanks that they are employed.

    If you are a contractor be ready to be treated like a second class employee with nothing to offer. Don't even look sideways at a FTE or executive as they will remove you from the account for the most minor infraction, true or not.

    There is an acceptance of high levels of business risk across the organization, through IS, Information Security, product production, etc. There is a group-think strategy of running the entire company via Managed Services which I have never seen be successful in my career, and I don't foresee it being successful in this case either.

    Budgeting is penny wise and dollar foolish, with current financial processes that are so bureaucratic and antiquated as to be tangible business risk.

    The decision making process is a brilliant piece of process engineering, where responsibility of decisions are pushed to the line managers (with reference-able artifacts), yet decisions are truly made at the VP level. So, if a decision is incorrect, guess who is on the hook?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice I would give would fall on deaf ears, as executive leadership is not approachable and unable to process ground truth. Due to this, I have very serious concerns about Amgen's ability to deliver on its promises to launch new products and to safely produce products that are currently on the market.

    2015-2016 will be interesting years for the organization as I fully expect many of the company's strategic plans to fail due to a lack of qualified staff and inadequate funding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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