Amgen Reviews in Thousand Oaks, CA

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
650 Reviews
3.6
650 Reviews
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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.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Amgen for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great talent, beautiful campus, nice benefits

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Corporate Affairs  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Corporate Affairs in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Workplace is really beautiful, lots of meeting spaces outdoors. Culture of fitness and activity (cycling, walking, group sports). Competitive pay and benefits. Company's products change people's lives (feel good about where you work).

    Cons

    I hear about the "glory days" of Amgen, where it seemed much more of a free spirited company, but since I've been here I've seen it get more and more stuffy and corporate. Excessive layers of management inhibit flexibility and innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can still play savvy business without losing your sense of workplace enjoyment. Happy workers = better business!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    good core values

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Staff is dedicated to serving the needs of seriously ill patients. Promising pipeline of products to be launched in the near future.

    Cons

    Working environment is full of distractions due to the current monumental changes experienced. Senior management has advised the reasons for and a vague timeline, but many aspects of the company are in a state of flux..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care as much for your staff as you do meeting the goal of serving patients and making the company profitable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent staff

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    Current Employee - Global Biostatistical Science  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Global Biostatistical Science in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    I can only speak from my experience in Clinical Development - Good overall compensation package and excellent staff (which includes the contractors). This in turn attracts more brilliant scientists to join. People take their jobs seriously and are enthusiastic in what they do.

    Cons

    New work process and more new work process. Constant changes and endless roll out of new work processes.
    Management sees offshoring the way to become cost effective. It is positively unamarican.
    The recent restructure in the name of centralization essentially rolls the company back what they started just a few years ago.
    It pays to be manager's favorites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck on your new corporate strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amgen review

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good and intesive training, good professionals and work work environment

    Cons

    Company doesn't care about the employees' wellfare, only profitable results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start valuing the employees as professionals and not as profit engines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations Manager  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, although perks have reduced over the last few years

    Cons

    Ongoing layoffs. Makes you uncomfortable as you aren't sure of your status.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Once a good company, now a sinking ship

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

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

    Pros

    Great medical and vacation benefits; good salary and generous bonus; money to spend; beautiful area

    Cons

    All the "Pro" above will soon be gone (except the beautiful area) under the current management, which is extremely short-term and wall street focused; does not value employees or experiences; no work-life balance; highly political and toxic environment; lack of a solid pipeline; declined revenue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with employees about your real intention/plan; sell this company fast, spare the employees from this type of slaughter house torture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Conitngent

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    Current Employee - Material Coordinator II  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Material Coordinator II in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Contingent work is nice, you get a paycheck every week

    Cons

    no benefits, no days off no paid sick days, All FTEs feel like they have some sort of power over you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make CW feel more part of the team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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