Amgen Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You would be able to maintain good Work life balance. You will not be forced to take up a lot of responsibilities.

    Cons

    Managers don't have any background in IT. So, they don't understand what you have done. Management can be completely unaware of what you are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Manager should have background in IT to be better able to understand staff and resolve their issues.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Is it really the best?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Mfg in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Mfg in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, the experience at Amgen is not bad. The benefits are great, campus is beautiful, lots great people to interact and learn from.

    Cons

    The Amgen temp labor model is terrible. It's demeaning to the "temps" and creates poor talent retention for each departments, after they are trained and proficient, it's time to go! But I guess management only looks at the dollar signs.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Compliance Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, competitive salary, flexible schedules

    Cons

    Highly competitive work environment; fast pace and demanding. Can be taxing on a person who is not use to this work load.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Department Clear Out

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for a big name in bio-tech, working with very smart people, and work was not too stressful.

    Cons

    Department layoffs were happening more frequently (hence why I was a contract worker), and by the time I left my department looks like a desert. Also, many buildings were closing down.

    Advice to Management

    Management seemed to worried about their own job security than ensuring jobs were kept under employees who worked under them. Too many overly tenured management employees who haven't contributed to their respective departments in years.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great Salary and Benefits, strange culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are great, as are the opportunities for advancement. This company is young, so you'll find yourself really being challenged to participate across areas.

    Cons

    Because the company is young, there aren't clear SOPs, and navigating the changing culture can be difficult. There are politics, and people who are steeped in the culture of heirarchy. It is a consensus driven culture, where a lot of churn exists before things actually get done.


  7. Sales Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is a very good company that supports it's employees to develop a great professional career path.

    Cons

    I can't really think of anything that I would personally change about this wonderful company that has given me such a great opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to have and share open communication with all levels of the workforce. It is greatly appreciated.


  8. Helpful (3)

    No Work-Life Balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Juncos, PR
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Juncos, PR

    I worked at Amgen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stocks Program; state of the art facilities

    Cons

    Slave Drivers; no work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  9. Helpful (6)

    Without that infuriating pattern of massive layoffs, Amgen would be a perfect, or at least a near-perfect employer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything you can think of that's good and that an employer should have, this company has in abundance. Except, that is, the things mentioned in the Cons section below. It is a great pity, as otherwise it would be a dream workplace for many - just as it was about ten years ago. I recommend this company only if you want to add Amgen experience in your resume and enjoy it for as long as you are given a chance to, not if you plan to stay there long-term.

    Cons

    Not promoting all people who deserve it. Low transparency of senior management. And did I mention layoffs? Actually, there have been three of them: 2007, 2011, and 2014-15 (still in progress). It is a terribly stressing situation, waiting to see if the axe is going to fall; whoever works there right now shouldn't be envied - at least not that much. Again, recommended only if you want to add Amgen experience in your resume, not if you plan to stay there for a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the layoffs and become once again a company who puts employees and their well-being before anything else, simply because the employees are the company, not the CEO or the shareholders. How can there be a creative and productive work atmosphere when everybody wonders if they are going to be the next one to go??? (And this is NOT a rhetorical question.)


  10. Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    High performing colleagues, 2 week shutdown, awesome gym

    Cons

    Becoming big pharma, constant shifting in leadership


  11. Helpful (2)

    Senior Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist - Quality Control
    Former Employee - Specialist - Quality Control

    I worked at Amgen

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, established Biotech company with leading edge research and development organization. Strong culture in the past for ensuring Quality.

    Cons

    Impact of layoffs means company is losing some of its historical knowledge-base and significant impact to moral throughout the organization.Almost total focus on the bottom line and return to shareholders, no longer on patient-first and do the right thing. Very risk-adverse.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in strategic pipe-line, take more risk.



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