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Amgen Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
630 Reviews

3.6
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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 67 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 73 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees (in 17 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    Employee Satisfaction

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros

    Amgen provides an excellent compensation and benefits package, the working environment is excellent in general with some notable exceptions, and the company provides extensive employee development training opportunities. The Amgen campus is ideally located in Thousand Oaks, which has great weather, excellent schools, and a safe environment.

    Cons

    Career path opportunities are limited and advancement is often driven by politics. Numerous inefficiencies and multiple layers of bureaucracy are prevalent; management decisions are often arbitrary. Far too many unproductive meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A career path with opportunities for advancement, particularly for R&D needs to be in place. Reduce the heavy middle management positions and develop a fair and equitable system for promotions that reduces the politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A lot of hype

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

    Pros

    Company name and product deliverables

    Cons

    All the glam and benefits are only for full time employees. They treat contract/temps as second class citizens despite professional experience. Company intranet sites are blocked so they can't view full time employee perks.

  3.  

    Be ready to change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Brilliant employees, stimulating water cooler conversations, culture (less now than previous years), outstanding benefits, opportunities to try something new, beautiful main campus, inspiring mission.

    Cons

    Change, change and a lot more changes on top of each other without regard to impact on staff morale, sustainability, or work-life balance. Very limited promotion opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from your mistakes, don't ignore Amgen's past experiences, truly listen to staff at all levels (not just communicate survey results with no real change). Consider staff retention as a cost saving devise.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A once great company missing the bar on meeting its full potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work-life balance, benefits, pay is highly competitive.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership (across functions), highly political/bureaucratic, lack of trust among teams and co-workers, limited growth opportunities and low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should stop focusing so much on managing up and their own careers and start leading and managing the employees who are actually doing the work and dedicated to growing the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Down From Greatness to ...

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

    Pros

    Work is generally satisfying and the colleagues at the contributor levels are great. Salary is fair and the benefits are competitive. With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable.

    Cons

    Some key decisions including outsourcing that were made by management several years ago has been core in contributing to the current high cost structure. Reorganization and reduction in force has been a very common management tool in the last few years and will be ongoing for many more years. Merit based career advancement does not exist. "Leadership" is a value used to be core to management but this has not been the case after many years to multiple restructuring and reorganization. Current management at many levels has been aloof on understanding the root of the issue and worst yet their individual staff contribution and performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to have a balanced view and understanding of the root cause to address the organization's cost structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Morale downhill and no one regrets leaving

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Analyst

    Pros

    depending on your manager, work life balance is possible. Colleagues are fun to be with. Benefits are definitely a plus. Work experience depends on your willingness to learn and do more. Would recommend to friends to join AMGEN for the sake of the benefits and to gain working experience. Career development would depend on themselves.

    Cons

    Company is downsizing and not much things to look forward to. Not transparent and information is hidden from employees. Can understand that part as lower level employee is need to know basis. My ED is not very forthcoming and his actions do not match his 'inspirational' speech. Does not sense his concern for us and only for himself. Always feel like the axe is above our heads and can drop on us anytime.
    Individual development plan is more lip service. While some people can get their development plan achieved, most are adjusted at the EOY to fulfill the target without actual investment from company.
    More layoffs coming and some of colleagues wish it is upon them so that they can the company with the severance package.
    Some newer colleagues commented this is the worst company they had ever worked.
    I guess there will always be other similar companies like AMGEN. If not for the benefits, I guess more of my colleagues will leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While downsizing is common, consider the impact it has to the process and work. process is difficult enough due to compliance and with less people, it makes one reluctant to pick up more stuff or difficult to expand our skill set. To make one company strong, individual department head need to build the employees and to improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A 10 year perspective

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Management is flexible about time off. Compensation is good for all positions. Bonus has maintained 10% of pay for the last ten years. The Amgen Seattle campus is gorgeous, situated on Elliott Bay. Many good scientists are attracted to work for the company.

    Cons

    Near constant reorganization of departments gives a sense that leadership cannot make clear decisions. Benefits have waned over the last several years. Morale has been in the basement. Recent efforts to restructure have dragged on for nearly a year with no action. Bench scientists and other technical workers are steadily being replaced by contract workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The mantra that cheaper is better has been going on for way too long. If cuts need to be made, do it with some efficiency then work on morale of all those who make the cut.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Going downhill

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros

    -2 shutdowns each year

    -Pay is good

    Cons

    -Amgen had an safety incident this year which has led to a "safety culture" that is completely unreasonable. Women are forced to wear pants. Reports are filed if someone is walking down steps in high heels. Employees are treated like children, not highly trained and qualified staff.

    -With the ascent of Bob Bradway, Amgen is now cutting corners and cutting costs anywhere and everywhere, from the cafeterias to the number of steps it takes to move a molecule to the clinic. Bob's methods will no doubt boost EPS temporarily but long term it will hurt the company tremendously.

    -People are forced to spend a significant amount of time in worthless trainings and pointless, repetitive meetings.

    -Management has been threatening layoffs for an entire year. Productivity has plummeted and people are becoming despondent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust the salaries of the employees who have been at Amgen for 20 years and are making salaries that are 2X what they should be. Trust your employees. Don't cut R&D.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with great culture and work-life balance

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

    Pros

    Great benefit, work-life balance, management, and a lot of payed vocations. The campus is beautiful!

    Cons

    The headquarter sits in Thousand Oaks, which is not as exciting.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Very dynamic place to work, challenging projects, very bright staff members.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits, very good compensation, plenty of time off, extremely generous 401k package, very generous bonus plan. Good emphasis on personal scientific growth. Get a week off at Christmas as well as a week off during 4th of July in addition to 15 vacation days. Great campus and great weather year round.

    Cons

    Not many levels within group, so it's difficult to get promoted. Can spend many years at the same level with no promotion reward. Politics within R&D at the very top that trickle down to group. Decisions are made at the top that don't always make much sense with respect to the way each group does things, but must live with decision and must implement it. Like any company, big emphasis on the dollar value which can put constraints on the way one does research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe wholeheartedly in what R&D is trying to accomplish

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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