Amgen Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
681 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    3 years ago I would give a 5 star

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the same

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior MANAGER- Operations in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior MANAGER- Operations in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    time off is great; get summer 1 week off and december 1 week off which is not counted towards vacation; great gym

    Cons

    stress; layoffs; complexity added to jobs has increased

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    strategize layoffs better; bring back 360 reviews where you annonymously review your manager/supervisor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Positioning itself for future success

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist Business Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist Business Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits (total rewards) will keep one from leaving. If you are talented, they will spot it and fast track you.

    Cons

    Decision making has too many layers but management is looking to peel the "layers of mgmt" in this restructuring effort. It will make position the company for success given it's promising pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing the right thing for patients and shareholders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unique company doing its best to become just another big business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company going through a needed transition but the future has big potential

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    • 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

    Pros

    -products are impactful, which is hugely motivating
    -great compensation and overall benefits
    -generous stock grants
    -2 one-week shutdowns, plus 3 weeks vacation, plus holidays
    -beautiful campus with excellent amenities (gym, dry cleaning, food, etc)

    Cons

    -slow decision making
    -too many under-qualified, over-paid executive directors and VPs... Many from early amgen and need to move on as they limit progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring is healthy and needed. Cut deep enough to make a lasting change but no deeper, it will make a great company for all

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall Amgen is a great company!!

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

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

    Pros

    Takes care of employees, great work/life balance even with layoffs.

    Cons

    Up and down R&D layoffs are frequent in the last several years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good and innovative company

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

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, 2 weeks company shut down in addition to vacation time

    Cons

    Company is going through restructuring.
    Too much u-necessary paperwork

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good values in spite of size

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart people with a great mission. Not too much internal politics, management is generally competent. Good quality work with excellent science behind it. Good compensation with great benefits. Fairly easy to strike good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes feels like a large company with a lot of red tape. Can be frustrating to see shareholder value take priority over employees. Is leaving WA state. I'm sad to see them go and would liked to have stayed with Amgen until retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to include staff affected by decisions more in at least the information gathering activity, if not the actual decision making.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amgen an awesome place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - N/A in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - N/A in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Inspite of announcement to close Colorado offices, still an awesome place to work.

    Cons

    Announcement to close Colorado offices.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Operations Manager in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Research Operations Manager in Longmont, CO

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

    Pros

    The company provides best in class benefits and takes great care of employees financial. The provide a culture the fosters work life balance.

    Cons

    US opportunities shrinking. More and more of the US operations are being reduced or relocated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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