Amgen Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
650 Reviews
3.6
650 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unknown future

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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

    Good pay and overall benefits. Summer and winter shutdowns are a nice bonus.

    Cons

    Constant re organizations and layoffs. Little to no respect or trust of senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible!

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

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

    Pros

    Campus & Cafeteria and Benefits...

    Cons

    Communication is awful, no loyalty. They keep temp employees very long so they don't pay them benefits... Lay-offs left and right. They hire contractors/temps all the time so they don't have to pay benefits...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your HR departments and they way they operate... Not very honest in telling you what is going on...
    The treatment of employees is horrible! Take a look at your contractors/temps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great company, but too top heavy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    At the moment, there are plenty of opportunities for staff development. I'm not sure how much longer that will be available. Work life balance was a priority several years ago. They have a decent pay scale and the worst bonus I ever had was far better than anything I ever got in Academia

    Cons

    The company is too top heavy- so many VPs. Right now, the emphasis is bottom line for the shareholders and not so much for the employees. Communication is not a priority from the top down, and it seems the rumor mill is rife.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember there are 6 Amgen values not just shareholder profit. Don't for get being scientific, working in teams and the ever confusing "do the right thing". Because right now, it's not happening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very mixed feelings in my several-year experience at Amgen, particularly in light of recent layoff announcement.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    In a list format, these are things that have generally been very satisfying: resources available that enable our work, cutting edge technology, forward-thinking (progressive) mentality, coworkers (at least, those that I work with directly), generally competitive compensation package with strong benefits, mission statement, name recognition.

    Cons

    Also in a list format: top-heavy company, sometimes risk-adverse, sometimes slow to make decisions (which is typically endemic in a larger corporation), competitive environment, relatively weak career development opportunities, and last but certainly not least the current reduction-in-force announcement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Difficult environment with much uncertainty

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Current benefits are still good.

    Cons

    Too much uncertainty with hyper politics

  8.  

    Good company that has put too much short-term emphasis on cutting costs (below-VP-level employees). Best days are OVER.

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Compensation is good for Fortune 500 company.

    Cons

    Long days, high job demands, CHURN!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a longer term view of your most valuable assets: PEOPLE!

  9.  

    good place to work, unfortunately missed our target for 2016

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    A lot of resources, maybe too many! Good people wanting to make a difference. Seattel is a great place to work and the people are wonderful. They really work well as a team.

    Cons

    Teams can't make a decision. Projects aren't prioritized and teams waste time on unproductive projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the business (but I gugess that's what we are doing right now!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Transformation please

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    You can apply critical thinking. There are challenges to face everyday!

    Cons

    Too much paperwork.
    Temps and Contractors are segregated in so many ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much burocracy.
    Too many managers.
    Too much elitism.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of stress, but great benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of paid holidays, vacation days, and a great 401k

    Cons

    Management consists of young MBA types that are afraid of saying anything but yes. Through layoff after layoff, more work gets piled on and more useless contractors come on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and bring back the old management. Oh, and dig up your old copy of the Amgen values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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