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    Exceptional employees however company culture has changed...

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

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

    Pros

    Highly-talented employees; strong pipeline of products; competitive salary; good benefits; many career opportunities if you are motivated and like to challenge yourself.

    Cons

    Too much personnel turnover due to constant layoffs; some areas of management appear withered; slow decision making process; long hours and somewhat declining moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See Cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be

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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

    Total compensation package. Nice campus. If in the right department, it can be good.

    Cons

    Heavy in senior management. Not enough staff to get the work done. Decisions take a long time to make providing the employees hardly any time to support the decision that is made. A lot of politics. Many employees not happy.

    Continuous lay-offs.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Used to be better

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

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

    Pros

    Time off: vacation time, end of year and summer shutdown

    Cons

    Management and overall direction of the company, minimal opportunities for career advancement unless you are close to someone who is senior management.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Science is now an afterthought, employees are inconvenient, and profits are king

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, specifically 401(k) and holiday
    Seattle location was very nice and had an onsite gym
    If you're in the right department with the right management, it's a great place to do science

    Cons

    Everything that can be contracted out, is, to the detriment of the work being done. Sure, it's cheaper on paper to have a third-party handle instrument service contracts, but when that turns downtime from 24-48 hours to 1-2 weeks, any savings have been lost and simply pushed onto the affected scientists.

    Earthquake? Fire? Snow emergency? Government has shut down the transit and highways in the city where the site is located due to weather? Doesn't matter folks, Amgen expects you to show up for work or take a vacation day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn the company around back to science before it's too late, at least if you want to keep Amgen as a working company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a long term company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    There was a time where you were working for patients with grievous illness. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Difficult to collaborate and succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on deliver of projects as fast as possible with less emphasis on cutting costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Promising pipeline and good benefits.

    Cons

    High turnover and company in a transitional phase

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more information with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Biotech morphing to big pharma

    Current Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Scientific focus still largely drives R&D decisions
    Good salary and benefits
    Smart colleagues
    Stock price has had an excellent recent run

    Cons

    Increasing corporate feel
    Management very aware of Wall street opinion
    Major strategic changes will take time to complete and be effective

  9.  

    Corporate Science

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Amazing benefits (great pay, big bonus, excellent insurance)

    Cons

    Very corporate! Stressful environment.

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good working environment, competitive pay

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    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment for contractors

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity for FTE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    No longer a "best place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great total compensation package, terrific benefits, onsite day care, lots of career growth opportunities, some very talented employees, philanthropic organization

    Cons

    Recent reduction in force handled quite poorly, from employee termination and work transition standpoints. Lots of stories of unprofessional forced exits, and critical business processes and systems seemingly abandoned because of the departure of key talent with no knowledge transfer. Remaining staff are ridiculously overworked and stressed. Despite company mission to serve patients, the company clearly has grown to a size where it is financially, rather than scientifically, driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actively solicit and use full 360 feedback in assessing managerial competence. Too many cases of weak, low performing middle managers being supported by real talent. Don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish in terms of firing more expensive, high performing staff with years of direct experience and replacing them with cheaper, less experienced newcomers. Don't performance and loyalty count anymore?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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