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Amgen Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
704 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 82 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be out of sorts when project deadlines loom but that's not unusual (in 25 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 37 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nothing to crow about

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fantastic work-life balance (1 week shut down over 4th of July week! Fantastic!) Good cafeteria. They're trying to keep a good atmosphere

    Cons

    Caliber of management is weak. Management generally speaking, is ineffective and confused and confounding. Difficult to operate with continuously changing "teams" with apparently overlapping areas of responsibility. Ultimately, there's nobody held accountable for our departments 'deliverables' .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more 'in control'. Deliver a clear and consistent message. Clarify areas of responsibility, specifically for the people expected to deliver these results. Reduce overlapping responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good pay but leadership doesn't follow their own value statement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    compensation and work life balance (if you are in the right organization)

    Cons

    Culture, poor leadership at the Director and Executive Director levels,

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

    Extensive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Great resources and people here

    Cons

    changing market which causes confusion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stay focussed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great pay, great benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits. Beautiful campus at head quarters, lots of amenities including onsite gym. Great charity/corporate giving program.

    Cons

    work life balance is hard to achieve in some departments. Difficult to advance if you come in at entry level or administrative positions. Starting to contract lots of work outside company.

  6.  

    Associate Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and mission. Staff has integrity

    Cons

    Lack of growth and leadership from Executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    The most dreaded employer. Period

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    I see that it gets rated as the top company with glass door. - may be because it has a free gym. I really don't see another big pro

    Cons

    Can't trust anyone. Most are scared to death trying to survive the next layoff. Culture is extremely insensitive. No holiday parties, no lunch outings, no nothing. Everyone is forced to talk about strategy, and science based processes. Everyone tries to pretend they are smarter than Booz, BCG, Bain as these firms are all embedded in company's culture but honestly speaking the employees can't figure out simple processes or manage the easiest controls. Policies are written by some robots and usually have no relevance to reality. Everyone and I mean everyone is super fake

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivating culture of fear is easy - try doing the opposite

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, better compensation in line with other biotech companies. Constantly changing and dynamic environment.

    Cons

    Too top heavy. Organization has changed a lot and lot of work load.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, great experience...times--they are a changing.

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, traninng and on-site gym

    Cons

    Managment has lost culture. Depending on the department, a general observation is that Amgen does not promote internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the collobration back and let loose a little bit...no unique culture anymore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salaries are top notch and the company is on cutting edge of Biotech companies.

    Cons

    Position was a contract position and unfortunately the company was in the middle of hiring freeze at the time my contract ended.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider extending contract terms for the contract employees who the company knows it would like to hire on as a permanent worker during a hiring freeze so as to eliminate all the red tape regarding that candidate's availability to hire following the end of their original contracted term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company with good people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good 401k, bonus and career development

    Cons

    Limited locations and shifting strategies

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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