Amgen Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
674 Reviews
3.5
674 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
Robert A. Bradway
218 Ratings

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 35 reviews)

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  1.  

    Positioning itself for future success

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    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
  3.  

    Overall Amgen is a great company!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Good values in spite of size

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    Amgen an awesome place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much stress, very poor management, treat contract workers like aliens

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

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

    Pros

    Nice campus. Food options for lunch are great. .

    Cons

    The workload can get overwhelming when there is lack of management or guidance. Huge discrepancy between treatment of full time staff and contract workers. 30% of employees laid off between now through 2016, while the CEO, VP and execs rake in millions of dollars a year in bonuses and stocks. No job stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure new staff gets the proper training that is needed. Maybe if execs weren't so hung up on raking in millions in bonuses, thousands of people would still have jobs. Replacing full time staff for contract workers will save the company money, but work morale, company reputation and work attitude is on a steep downhill.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent company to work for

    Current Employee - Senior Manager IS in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager IS in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    above average benefits and competitive salary

    Cons

    don't have any cons to report

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Super Benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; generous vacation package; surrounded by very talented colleagues; the culture of the site is very nice; location is beautiful

    Cons

    Low morale; benefits package is being trimmed; day-to-day work is not challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should be people who are qualified/trained to manage, not just someone who has reached level "X" in their careers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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