Amgen Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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Pros
  • Work life balance is what you make it (in 82 reviews)

  • Amgen offers great benefits across the board (in 87 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance suffers due to continual firefighting (in 25 reviews)

  • Decision making is delayed due to the Risk averse culture (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of Smart people

    Cons

    Long hours high stress no real recognition

    Advice to Management

    Must really learn to value highly qualified staff and make effort to keep the talent. Understand not only the total cost of decisions but the cost involved in replacing.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Senior Manager

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    Current Employee - Biostatistics Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Biostatistics Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits package including 401K match and paid time off

    Cons

    No career path. All about politics not job performance.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and recognize top performers and cut through the BS of brown nosers and kiss ups.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Amgen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experiences and learning opportunities. The quality of the middle management depend on your team/area and luck. It could be great or frustrating.

    Cons

    The company seems to hire and layoff with no long term objectives. Employees left wondering if they are next to laid off.

    Advice to Management

    You have let your best employees go. The short term savings will impact the company negatively on the long run.


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  5. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Amgen is not what you think it is

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good base salary and benefits, accomidations

    Cons

    Amgen full potential is a big scam. forcing laying off employees and replace with same employees but contract workers Out sourcing almost all internal services. If you complain about your manager to HR. you better leave and not look back. Retaliation is life and well from the management as a consequences to escalate the complain to HR.

    Advice to Management

    If you have assumed failing employee performance, do not look further than his/her manager.


  7. Helpful (8)

    Once a great place ... now depressing.

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Sunny location - Onsite gym - Lots of PTO

    Cons

    - ZERO opportunity for advancement - Constant layoffs / downgrading of positions - Pay / benefits get cut year after year (no merit raises for second year in a row) - Fell off of Fortunes "Best Places to Work" back in 2007 and is never going back

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the HR spin - we aren't idiots. You cut pay/benefits, downgrade jobs and tell us to be grateful for the "privilege" to work at Amgen, all while your checks get bigger and the rest of us try to figure out how to manage on less pay and a 2x healthcare cost increase.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Unfortunate

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    Former Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits Excellent employees (for the most part) at the lower levels that are committed to moving the pipeline forward Interesting and exciting pipeline Still has potential

    Cons

    Unstable environment Vision for future is not clear Focus on talent is not existent

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate your leadership activities and the impact on the current environment. Business decisions are expected but can be done with better stability.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Used to be better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Time off: vacation time, end of year and summer shutdown

    Cons

    Management and overall direction of the company, minimal opportunities for career advancement unless you are close to someone who is senior management.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Look Beneath the Skin

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    Current Employee - Global Development Lead in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Global Development Lead in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Large respected biotech company with an incredible history of success and innovation. Good opportunity for experience with limitations. You can learn how a biotech company works as well as how not to run a company. You can learn a great deal here but mostly you will learn what not to do when you start up your own company. Probably good for someone early in their career just wanting to put a biotech notch on their plate.

    Cons

    Lost innovative spirit due to CEOs desire for Wall street gains. Poor insight. Financially unsteady. Likely to split or get bought out in 2 years. Rigid glass ceiling. Old paradigms of thought that are oddly unbalanced with an arrogance of belief in historical reputation and complacency. All the good people are gone or leaving. If you are a physician and want to be treated like a grad student or intern, this is the place for you. If you like fulfilling tasks and checklists without thinking, this is the place for you. If you are innovative and creative, bottle up your mind and stop thinking if you want to work here. This company is all about processes and talking with little action. It takes 18-36 months to make a decision - a poor sign of current leadership and management and a reflection of Amgen's expected demise. It does not move or think fast enough for the highly intelligent. If you simply want to work like a dog at your supervisor's beck and call and expectations, by all means feel free to apply.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate your CEO, CFO, COO and Chief Medical Officers. Hire professionals with backbones that care about innovation and risk without catering to Wall Street all the time. Stop providing generous financial packages to your top leaders and maybe you will get someone who is willing to make decisions irrespective of Wall Street bean-counting demands. It's very simple. Listen to your people, not your pocketbook. Greed is is not working at Amgen. How can a company complain about financial health when the CEO is over-paid? I am sure a few million less to your leadership will go a long way towards some interesting business case development.


  11. Helpful (8)

    No longer a "best place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great total compensation package, terrific benefits, onsite day care, lots of career growth opportunities, some very talented employees, philanthropic organization

    Cons

    Recent reduction in force handled quite poorly, from employee termination and work transition standpoints. Lots of stories of unprofessional forced exits, and critical business processes and systems seemingly abandoned because of the departure of key talent with no knowledge transfer. Remaining staff are ridiculously overworked and stressed. Despite company mission to serve patients, the company clearly has grown to a size where it is financially, rather than scientifically, driven.

    Advice to Management

    Actively solicit and use full 360 feedback in assessing managerial competence. Too many cases of weak, low performing middle managers being supported by real talent. Don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish in terms of firing more expensive, high performing staff with years of direct experience and replacing them with cheaper, less experienced newcomers. Don't performance and loyalty count anymore?



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