Amgen Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
637 Reviews

3.6
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of hype

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

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor for less than a year

    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.

  2.  

    Intense atmosphere with excellent benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The campus in Thousand Oaks is without question, beautiful and the area a great place to live. The overall benefits are what you would expect from a large corporate employer with added on campus perks. There was a time when Amgen attracted talented people and many are still there, so one is mostly surrounded by smart folks.

    Cons

    The culture is intense, and that is no understatement. The hierarchy is like no other within the industry, very much a top down organization focused on the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Coordinator  in  West Greenwich, RI
    Current Employee - Material Coordinator in West Greenwich, RI

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

    Pros

    It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan

    Cons

    There are changes coming and I am starting to question what the future is. And what Management is not telling us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask the people who do the job what need to change. And really listen to they.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Employee Satisfaction

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hire contract workers full-time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, beautiful campus, excellent break areas

    Cons

    Doing the same work as full-time employees without the benefits or potential of being hired full-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring your contract workers. We work hard only to be told after a couple of months to look for another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunities go to upper management, no job security

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, good pay and benefits, great relocation benefits, a young company that tends toward forward thinking

    Cons

    No job security - continual reductions in force and job insecurity. A lot of positions are being contracted out, I would guess at least 50% of the work force at the Thousand Oaks campus are contracted employees. Work life balance can be hard to achieve - the more positions lost, the more we are expected to "do more with less", but no assistance or guidance on how to make it happen is given, just an ever increasing work load.Upper management sheds work to direct reports and can often give little guidance/have unrealistic expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing value added employees because of the constant uncertainty/instability. Restructuring the company is a good idea, but the way it is being done will result in a great cost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work life balance but to much focus on cost in R&D/Operations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Very unique in the ability to work on so many products.

    Cons

    Business and lawyers drive the decisions, science is somewhere in the mix.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Down From Greatness to ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    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
  10.  

    Get the lot out the door no matter what.

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    Current Employee - Systems Owner  in  Juncos, PR
    Current Employee - Systems Owner in Juncos, PR

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

    Pros

    Great products and strong pipeline. Great pay and benefits. Good food, nice facilities, bright people (the ones who actually do the hands-on work =30%)

    Cons

    Relentless AML (Puerto Rico) Management resolve to ship product no matter what. If you go there to work make sure you go for a management position (giving orders), not for an individual contributor position (taking orders and doing the hard work). Low morale. Corporate Hypocrisy at its best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance better work distribution (70% of employees telling what to do and criticizing and 30% of employees doing the hard work and keeping the business rolling). Shift your focus from company financials to patient safety. Get rid of your unfair evaluation system where 10% of the hard working employees have to get bad evaluations to save compensation money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 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

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

    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

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