Amgen Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Specialist IS Programmer Analyst

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    Former Employee - Specialist IS Programmer Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist IS Programmer Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amgen takes good care of its employees in terms of salary and benefits. Good, competitive, fast-moving, and challenging environment.

    Cons

    Outsourcing jobs is weakening the company. As the company has grown over the years, it has lost much of its culture that made it such a great company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing skilled positions. You are gutting the company by losing people with a lot of knowledge and experience. Learn from your mistakes, like the IBM outsourcing fiasco, followed by issues caused by HP outsourcing. We'll see how things go now with Cognizant outsourcing.

  2. Decent working environment, way out in nowhere (good for families), working culture has evolved into profit focus

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

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

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

    Pros

    working with smart, dedicated people, generous PTO

    Cons

    office politics have increased significantly over the years

    Advice to Management

    Amgen, you're a big boy now, put on your big boy pants. Focus on modernization and optimized efficiency of technology and processes.

  3. Great environment if you're on the right team

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    Current Contractor - Regulatory Affairs Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Contractor - Regulatory Affairs Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I am a contractor and have been given a lot of opportunity so I have learned a lot, and I have demonstrated my value and repeatedly been recognized. I'm also on a great team that is transparent from the top-down about changes in the company.

    Cons

    Other groups are not run as well as the one I'm in - have heard some horror stories.

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  5. Amgen Marketing

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot from this company. Many talented people. Great Experience. Benefits were very good.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is difficult because dedicated people there give 200% and that is expected, especially in some groups.

    Advice to Management

    Help people to feel that work life balance is truly ok.

  6. Good, professional working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist IS Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist IS Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great company with industry leading practices

    Cons

    Information may be compartmentalized and not shared readily

  7. Great place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Grear benefits, good people to work with. Nice bonuses

    Cons

    Yearly lay offs and continual restructuring of departments makes work inefficient.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Good company, BUT

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

    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

    Defiantly good benefit, retirement package and health insurance coverage.

    Cons

    In mega pharma like AMGEN, it is difficult to learning new technologies or moving up. Job title is everything. There have been several layoffs since 2008, expecting more in 2015 and that has been very detrimental to morale.

    Advice to Management

    Do not ship the american jobs overseas.

  9. Helpful (1)

    I loved working at Amgen.

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    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)

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

    Pros

    I got to work with highly skilled and highly driven co-workers. I worked on many interesting projects. I worked for several managers and enjoyed working for each one. I was well compensated with base salary, 401k matching, annual bonus, and stock. The medical benefits were also excellent. Employees start with 3 weeks vacation per year. In addition, there are two week-long shutdowns a year: one at Christmastime and one for the Fourth of July week.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure, and there are often unrealistic deadlines. It is common to hear the phrase "do more with less". In recent years there have been several layoffs, and that has been very detrimental to morale. Although we get a lot of vacation, it is difficult to take all the vacation you get. Managers will generally let you take time off, but project priorities often make it hard.

    Advice to Management

    Since it is often hard to use all the vacation, perhaps there should be some option to get paid for unused vacation.

  10. Generally solid company, undergoing growing pains

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -great benefits (entire economic value seems competitive with market)
    -great coworkers (many genuinely strive to live to the values of our culture)
    -underlying business is still solid, but faces challenges

    Cons

    -career opportunities (going straight up) are harder to come by, lateral can be very challenging depending on business area (requires considerable internal networking)
    -appetite for risks and making bold decisions seems much lower on the tail of continuous cost-cutting and pressure to perform immediately
    -work-life balance may vary depending on role

    Advice to Management

    Some of the recent changes have adversely impacted mid/lower level management appetite for judicious risk taking and decision making. Several have commented on the lower career opportunities and pressure to perform immediately. Encourage career development for internal lower level staff; the bias has swung real heavy to external and outsourcing recently.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Generally, still a good place to work.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging work, helping patients with grievous illnesses. Two one week shutdowns plus generous vacation time and flexible working arrangements (not in all departments)

    Cons

    Constant upheaval, lack of opportunity for advancement, global outsourcing creates inefficiencies, shareholder focus, workload

    Advice to Management

    You MUST find a way to reduce the workload. People on AFP projects are haggard and sick from having too much on their plates. Find some balance.

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