Amgen
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Amgen Reviews in Thousand Oaks, CA

Updated Jul 4, 2014
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3.5 244 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway

Robert A. Bradway

(70 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Intense atmosphere with excellent benefits

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsThe campus in Thousand Oaks is without question, beautiful and the area a great place to live. The overall benefits are what you would expect from a large corporate employer with added on campus perks. There was a time when Amgen attracted talented people and many are still there, so one is mostly surrounded by smart folks.

    ConsThe culture is intense, and that is no understatement. The hierarchy is like no other within the industry, very much a top down organization focused on the bottom line.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Scientist (Former Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsAmgen provides an excellent compensation and benefits package, the working environment is excellent in general with some notable exceptions, and the company provides extensive employee development training opportunities. The Amgen campus is ideally located in Thousand Oaks, which has great weather, excellent schools, and a safe environment.

    ConsCareer path opportunities are limited and advancement is often driven by politics. Numerous inefficiencies and multiple layers of bureaucracy are prevalent; management decisions are often arbitrary. Far too many unproductive meetings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA career path with opportunities for advancement, particularly for R&D needs to be in place. Reduce the heavy middle management positions and develop a fair and equitable system for promotions that reduces the politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Going downhill

    Scientist (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros-2 shutdowns each year

    -Pay is good

    Cons-Amgen had an safety incident this year which has led to a "safety culture" that is completely unreasonable. Women are forced to wear pants. Reports are filed if someone is walking down steps in high heels. Employees are treated like children, not highly trained and qualified staff.

    -With the ascent of Bob Bradway, Amgen is now cutting corners and cutting costs anywhere and everywhere, from the cafeterias to the number of steps it takes to move a molecule to the clinic. Bob's methods will no doubt boost EPS temporarily but long term it will hurt the company tremendously.

    -People are forced to spend a significant amount of time in worthless trainings and pointless, repetitive meetings.

    -Management has been threatening layoffs for an entire year. Productivity has plummeted and people are becoming despondent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdjust the salaries of the employees who have been at Amgen for 20 years and are making salaries that are 2X what they should be. Trust your employees. Don't cut R&D.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very dynamic place to work, challenging projects, very bright staff members.

    Scientist (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsOutstanding benefits, very good compensation, plenty of time off, extremely generous 401k package, very generous bonus plan. Good emphasis on personal scientific growth. Get a week off at Christmas as well as a week off during 4th of July in addition to 15 vacation days. Great campus and great weather year round.

    ConsNot many levels within group, so it's difficult to get promoted. Can spend many years at the same level with no promotion reward. Politics within R&D at the very top that trickle down to group. Decisions are made at the top that don't always make much sense with respect to the way each group does things, but must live with decision and must implement it. Like any company, big emphasis on the dollar value which can put constraints on the way one does research.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBelieve wholeheartedly in what R&D is trying to accomplish

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Important products, tough environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsCompany's mission to support those grievously ill is important ... the products really help patients.

    ConsPeople insensitivity - little to no investment in human capital of any substance. very hierarchical

    Advice to Senior ManagementAnnounce staff reductions - do it and get it over with. The anxiety is tough on everyone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company with great culture and work-life balance

    Biostatistical Programming (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGreat benefit, work-life balance, management, and a lot of payed vocations. The campus is beautiful!

    ConsThe headquarter sits in Thousand Oaks, which is not as exciting.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGood pay, benefits, holiday shutdowns

    ConsCulture, executive mgmt, company changes

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work

    Quality Assurance Analyst (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    Proswork-life balance,
    Understanding team members.
    Work environment is very good.

    ConsFew of the senior managements are very conservative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave some fresh approach and listen to everyone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent internship experience

    Undergrad Finance Intern (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsGreat people, great benefits, entire campus is closed for 1 week for 4th of July, wonderful learning experiences and mentors who really want to help.

    Gym, food, services (dry-cleaning, rental cars, etc.) all on campus!

    ConsSomewhat far away and in its own little bubble

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive people within company the ability to rise through the ranks instead of constantly hiring from the outside and demoralizing morale of long-time employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent Benefits and Work Life Balance

    Senior Associate (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros- Good Benefits
    - Great work-life balance
    - Good place to start career
    - Helpful peers and seniors

    Cons- Unclear management decisions
    - Unclear focus of the company
    - Lack of communication from top management

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more. Make the employees feel more safe working for you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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