Amgen Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Management is continually revisiting assumptions and reorganizing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    smart people, great products, good benefits

    Cons

    changing workplace, uncertainty, a lot of beurocracy

  2. Helpful (2)

    thankful for the flexible work arrangement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Global Development Operations
    Current Employee - Manager, Global Development Operations

    I have been working at Amgen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Generous time off policy, including 2 one week shutdowns; great work-life balance and telecommuting options; good benefits; work with a smart group of people; the pros outweigh the cons and have kept me from looking for other jobs

    Cons

    limited opportunities for promotion; people can be title-centric rather than recognizing the contributions people can make regardless of their title

    Advice to Management

    stop and breathe--celebrate success; let reorgs sink in a bit before you move on to the next thing

  3. Biochemist / QC Assoiate / Sr. Lab Support Technician

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits, Technology, Pipeline, Development

    Cons

    Leaving persons rate is high, evaluations don't include the development plan, priorities changes alot

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  5. Fast-paced and high expectations from upper management

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, Good benefits, Smart people, Nice work environment
    Great geographical location.
    Opportunities to advance but not as many as there use to be
    They encourage personal growth but it depends heavily on the support of your Report To

    Cons

    Demanding, very fast-pace, satisfaction and growth very dependent on what department you work in.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the employees at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to pay increases, opportunities to advance, and recognition

  6. Company is going through a lot of changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great weather. Thousand Oaks and surrounding areas are also nice to live for families. 401 K benefits (5% + match another 5%). Health benefits are really good but declining over the years. Stock benefits are also very good.

    Cons

    Titles are inconsistent and do not match the complexity of the skills required. Some departments can get director and promoted to ED quickly while a similar department is nearly impossible. Lack of opportunity to get a promotion and in fact, may get "releveled". Resources put towards staff training have dropped significantly.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make staffs feel valued. Lots of people with significant experience have left and will continue if no major actions are taken soon.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Amgen: Great Company with Poor Leadership

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

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Bonuses, Learning Opportunities, Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Outsourcing (Shared Services as they will put it), Poor Leadership, Limited Growth Potential, Uncertainty, Constants States of Flux, Shuffling Leadership, Gender Bias (in my opinion, the company looks for a certain gender to fill key positions to fill numbers)

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the great company you once were. At one point you cared about patients, employees, and the stockholder. These days, the current regime only cares about one of those categories (hint: it's not the employees or the patients). Morale is at an all time low due to the direction of leadership.

  8. Helpful (1)

    I have been working at Amgen as a contract worker. I hope some day I can work for the company.

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

    I have been working at Amgen

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

    Pros

    It's a good company to work for.

    Cons

    The fact that it's hard to get a position at Amgen.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Confidence killer

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

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

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

    Pros

    Nice campus and good paid time off. Great location. Excellent gym facility. Good 401k match. Close to freeway. That's all.

    Cons

    Absolutely no advancement opportunity, as mentioned in other comments. CLP: these are MBA students that get hired by amgen and become the golden children. If you're in line for an opportunity and a clp gets into that line, forget it. We have 26 year olds in senior positions and people with real experience are bypassed. Many jobs aren't even posted. Upper management just places their favorites into them. When a job is posted, dozens of people apply and fight like wolves for it.

    Advice to Management

    The masses at this company believe that you don't care about them. You have good people here who want to work hard and succeed. Perhaps you should look at what you have instead of hiring so many people from outside. Also, give equal opportunity a try.

  10. Rewarding work and interesting assignments; however, limited upward mobility and poor talent management

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

    I have been working at Amgen

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, interesting assignments, nice people, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Limited mobility upward or across functions. Leadership does not prioritize talent management

    Advice to Management

    Work on talent management and increase mobility within and across functions. Reward top performers

  11. ED/VPs covering their reputations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Thousand Palms, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Thousand Palms, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, do not work hard

    Cons

    No authority, no accountability, manage by PowerPoint

    Advice to Management

    Cut the dead wood at the top!

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