Amgen Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Was a great company to work for but has become political and slow moving.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits
    Beautiful Campus
    Generous time off
    Good Gym and Daycare facility
    Easy parking
    Promotes community service and matches employee charitable giving
    Sponsors Tour of California bike race

    Cons

    Very hierarchical with many layers of leadership
    Difficult to get a decision
    Slow moving
    Antiquated technology
    Stressful work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop people internally

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great company... with big changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Great ethics and ambition, great science and people

    Cons

    Currently restructuring (downsizing)- they are working on process improvement and may snuff out innovation if they are not very careful

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Company has changed due to financial pressures; discovery research drastically downsized.

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    Former Employee - Scientific Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Scientific Director in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    The company has lost its focus on internal discovery of new therapeutics; plan to in license or acquire more than 50% of future marketed therapies. Sadly, the halcyon days of George Rathman and Gordon Binder are long gone.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management slows down key decision making.
    Neuroscience Senior management lack appropriate scientific depth and expertise. Jealously guard their access to key opportunities.
    Senior Managers unwilling to relinquish control of scope and direction of new target discovery work to appropriate scientific leaders to the detriment of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify an internationally recognized neuroscientist with strong interest in developing new drugs for treating brain diseases to lead the neuroscience therapeutic area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 6 people found this helpful

    Job has a lot of opportunities if you can stomach the gross labor instability and constant reorganizations

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist

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

    Pros

    -Opportunities to do cutting edge science (and more supportive of externally publishing/conferences than many other companies)
    -Very good benefits (401k matches, great health insurance, summer/winter shutdowns with PTO.)
    -reasonable work/life balance under most circumstances

    Cons

    Job specific:

    1. Strong "meeting" culture. expect to have lots and lots of useless meetings to get anything done. As with any large organization, bureaucracy creeps in
    2. Promotions seem to be largely dependent on time served
    3. There could be better harmony in the interactions between development sites

    Company wide:

    1. Extreme labor instability. I have worked here for a number of years and in that time have seen 2 major layoffs, some "stealth" layoffs (permanent employees converted to contractors), hiring freezes, large scale departmental reoganizations, site closures, and the rise of a cohort of 2nd class contract permatemps for lower level positions.
    2. Investment in developing employees and career growth is waning, particularly at the lower levels. Instead, permatemps seem to be cropping up in these functions.
    3. Endless highly disruptive change ("Amgen Full Potential") nukes morale and instills a climate of fear and silent seething There seems to be an awful lot of "shareholder value" being purely extracted off the backs of the employees, rather than drawn from the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Change in the organization shouldn't be like the coming of galactus where everyone is constantly threatened with some planet destroying calamity. Employee morale suffers, innovation suffers, and the people who leave because of it aren't necessarily the deadwood. After all, the rockstars and the confident aren't concernbed about leaving for better opportunities.
    2. Ditch the permatemps. It is an unethical labor model, and it is highly disruptive to those who have to constantly train new crops of people as they cycle in and out to other companies. Are we operating a therapeutics business, or a training program for other biotechs?
    3. It is difficult to recommend this place to others to work at. While the opportunities and benefits are good, attach a high risk premium to any offer Amgen gives them. Maybe you wll be OK, but maybe you will be hung out to dry within a few months and blown away in the constant winds of change.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    Company has lost its way pandering to wall street.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people in the scientific community work for Amgen. You will have to work hard to finding a better compensation package. It is exceptional.

    Cons

    The number of actual Amgen employees is diminishing with emphasis on outsourcing almost everything. Many of the best scientists have left over the last few years. Management came up with the brilliant idea of closing the Seattle site to save money. They apparently thought that people would move from Seattle to San Francisco or Boston. Brilliant move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually follow and believe in the Amgen values instead of padding your pocket book. If you cared about patients you would not have that ridiculous compensation package and those corporate jets. Stop lying to the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Nicest Place to work...

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

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Friendly Environment... Intellectual group ...and fun team work.

    Cons

    Nothing..Would love to go back...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful

    Once a great place ... now depressing.

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

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

    Pros

    - Sunny location
    - Onsite gym
    - Lots of PTO

    Cons

    - ZERO opportunity for advancement
    - Constant layoffs / downgrading of positions
    - Pay / benefits get cut year after year (no merit raises for second year in a row)
    - Fell off of Fortunes "Best Places to Work" back in 2007 and is never going back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the HR spin - we aren't idiots. You cut pay/benefits, downgrade jobs and tell us to be grateful for the "privilege" to work at Amgen, all while your checks get bigger and the rest of us try to figure out how to manage on less pay and a 2x healthcare cost increase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Excellent

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    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    It was the best intern experience ever

    Cons

    There were no cons. Great learning experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Very good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    excellent growth opportunity, science based, good people, good management

    Cons

    I dont think there are any cons in working here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Sr Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Great company, a lot of really talented people. Good culture.

    Cons

    Some times take work home, not too often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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