Amgen Reviews in Thousand Oaks, CA

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
672 Reviews
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Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 76 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 85 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees (in 23 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 35 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to work for an Administrative Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Numerous benefits and perks for employees. There is an on-site cafeteria, starbucks, gym all for employee use. The time off is also stellar you get 1 week off at Christmas and another week at Independence Day as well as 3 weeks of vacation for a total of 5 weeks off. Very nice work environment. Very nice coworkers. One very big perk is a totally casual dress code.

    Cons

    Working with Scientists who may not really know what you do. There is not a career path for Administrative Assistant.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall a rewarding experience

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

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

    Pros

    - Top salary and benefits
    - Strong leadership
    - Collaborative environment

    Cons

    - Politics have increased
    - Spend way too much energy/resources on keeping certain executives happy (quiet) instead of doing more important work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company, great perks of working there.

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

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

    Pros

    I love the onsite gym. I can go at lunch and it is nicer than the public ones I have joined.

    Cons

    Hard to advance in a science world without a PhD

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Huge transformation

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

    Pros

    Management has their ears open, huge opportunities for people with skills, time when major changes are happening

    Cons

    Uncertainty about business need for individual groups. Looming possibility of benefits being re-aligned to pharma business norms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stock price is a huge indicator of management effectiveness, but we still want to primarily serve patients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people and great mission.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Information Systems in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Highly educated and motivated staff. Nicest bunch of people you will ever meet.

    Cons

    Constant management turnover which frequently brings pointless change and churn. Senior management seems to want change before issues and status quo are understood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your community.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Continous Change - Not What Amgen Used To Be

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits: Match 401K, Summer and Winter Shutdown, Stock Options for permanent employees, good health care plans and paid leave of absence
    Working in Teams: A pleasure working with the most intelligent, hardworking, and willingness to take risk team members. Best team experience I've had in the industry

    Cons

    The company is shifting to more and more contingent workers and driving out or laying off the experienced workforce. There will be limited career opportunities unless you are critical hire. The workload has increased significantly and prioritization communications are slow in getting to line managers. Moral is poor as workforce waits for next RIF. Organization is in free fall waiting for new business process to be rolled out across the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empowers teams to make decision and provided your support until you figure out new business process.

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Associate Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Project Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a five start company - excellent mission, benefits, work/life balance, science-based, great camaraderie among coworkers

    Cons

    Career progression was difficult and workload became redundant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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