Amgen Reviews in Thousand Oaks, CA

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
674 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unique company doing its best to become just another big business

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented people, excellent 401K match and PTO (for now)

    Cons

    Layoffs and site closures causing talent to leave in droves. Executive leadership is deliberately ignorant of what it takes to deliver results in all parts of the business.

    Continual erosion of salaries and benefits are making the organization ordinary. Amgen's culture is one of blame and shame. Lack of career growth opportunities, the grade level and salary that you join with are both going to stay stagnant during your employment. Amgen does not promote its people, even more so in Information Services. If you are an IT person who is career oriented I cannot endorse working for Amgen. As an IT professional you will have better opportunities elsewhere.

    The organization used to be a good stepping stone to learn and train at, however now the opportunities to widen one's knowledge base are few and far between at Amgen.

    Be prepared for excessively long work days - 16 hours is the norm, plus weekends. As more people leave the ones that stay are expected to take on more and fall to their knees with thanks that they are employed.

    If you are a contractor be ready to be treated like a second class employee with nothing to offer. Don't even look sideways at a FTE or executive as they will remove you from the account for the most minor infraction, true or not.

    There is an acceptance of high levels of business risk across the organization, through IS, Information Security, product production, etc. There is a group-think strategy of running the entire company via Managed Services which I have never seen be successful in my career, and I don't foresee it being successful in this case either.

    Budgeting is penny wise and dollar foolish, with current financial processes that are so bureaucratic and antiquated as to be tangible business risk.

    The decision making process is a brilliant piece of process engineering, where responsibility of decisions are pushed to the line managers (with reference-able artifacts), yet decisions are truly made at the VP level. So, if a decision is incorrect, guess who is on the hook?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice I would give would fall on deaf ears, as executive leadership is not approachable and unable to process ground truth. Due to this, I have very serious concerns about Amgen's ability to deliver on its promises to launch new products and to safely produce products that are currently on the market.

    2015-2016 will be interesting years for the organization as I fully expect many of the company's strategic plans to fail due to a lack of qualified staff and inadequate funding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much stress, very poor management, treat contract workers like aliens

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

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice campus. Food options for lunch are great. .

    Cons

    The workload can get overwhelming when there is lack of management or guidance. Huge discrepancy between treatment of full time staff and contract workers. 30% of employees laid off between now through 2016, while the CEO, VP and execs rake in millions of dollars a year in bonuses and stocks. No job stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure new staff gets the proper training that is needed. Maybe if execs weren't so hung up on raking in millions in bonuses, thousands of people would still have jobs. Replacing full time staff for contract workers will save the company money, but work morale, company reputation and work attitude is on a steep downhill.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from this madness

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Finance in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Finance in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The salaries are higher than anywhere else, for similar titles.

    Cons

    Where do I start...
    >>> 70 hours work weeks are REQUIRED
    >>> An unsustainable business model, with 30% of the workforce being contingent workers (temps)
    >>> Absolutely chaotic environment
    >>> No senior leadership support for improving processes, CONTRARY to what they will tell you during the interview process!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are clueless...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible!

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

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Campus & Cafeteria and Benefits...

    Cons

    Communication is awful, no loyalty. They keep temp employees very long so they don't pay them benefits... Lay-offs left and right. They hire contractors/temps all the time so they don't have to pay benefits...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your HR departments and they way they operate... Not very honest in telling you what is going on...
    The treatment of employees is horrible! Take a look at your contractors/temps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A lot of hype

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

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company name and product deliverables

    Cons

    All the glam and benefits are only for full time employees. They treat contract/temps as second class citizens despite professional experience. Company intranet sites are blocked so they can't view full time employee perks.

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Generous benefits, 2 paid shutdowns, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Disorganized leadership, culture based on fear, lack of decision making ability. DIA decision making model implemented in some departments, not others. Shrinking budgets, continually asked to do more with less. Employees spin their wheels and aren't empowered to accomplish results. Morale is at an all time low. What used to be a good place to work isn't anymore. Limited room for advancement. Amgen no longer puts patients first, Bradway sees to it that stockholders are kept happy. Bradway is in a position to gut the company and take a big payout when he's done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to retain good talent to get the company through the rough economic times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate-

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, 401K, and easy job. This is a good and bad thing. If you are content in where you are. This is the place to be.

    Cons

    no room for movement at all. Must play the politics game and be good at it cuz there are people that can outwit you. HR services are for managers only and no internal movement process in place. Stuck forever unless you leave. Also, the more cuts they do, the worse it gets for you. 6 days a week working, calling all hours of the night, this leads to no time with family/marriage life or in regard to your health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet your lower level people and don't form opinions based on hearsay. Also, this type of interactions will show you, who is capable to give you brilliant OpEx ideas. Also, people know when you are speaking around the issue for questions that are difficult to answer at All Staff meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The salary and benefits can't be beat, but...

    Cons

    The management is taught to be tyrannical, disconnected from their employees, and extremely uncaring. I've never worked for worse, and I've been working for Corporate America for 20+ years. They are known for huge layoffs, they don't hire older people and those rare individuals that ARE there have been there for a long time and end up laid off. Finally the executive management fosters and environment of egotistical, self-centered, driven to succeed at all costs individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come down from your lofty place and look at how you are treating your employees. Work life balance was a term I learned at Amgen, and it is a joke there. Teach managers how to MANAGE appropriately - not take advantage of staff by taking credit for their work. Get back to basics and treat people with dignity and respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    POC

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

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amgen is finally moving(slowly be it) with industries standards.

    Cons

    Workload, work–life balance and senior management's reluctance to identify burnout! It is not uncommon for an entire group to be working on a sunday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sitting around pontificating, instead get out of your ivory tower to network with other big pharma/biotech colleagues. Processes should be implemented to work smarter not harder.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    overall, a very disappointing experience, lots of corporate politics, back stabbing, and gossip.

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    the health care benefits, "work-life" balance, two paid weeks holiday on top of the normal holiday schedule.

    Cons

    people being promoted to highest degree of ineptitude. Possible drug abuse discovered, interoffice politics, gossip, back stabbing, stressful environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to employees, empower employees to grow and develop their careers, not just say it, do it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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