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Amgen Reviews in Thousand Oaks, CA

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
704 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 82 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be out of sorts when project deadlines loom but that's not unusual (in 25 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work at the start, with diminishing returns as company grew larger

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Medical Affairs Function in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Medical Affairs Function in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a high science biotechnology company with outstanding marketed products and a robust pipeline.

    Cons

    As all companies grow larger, there are challenges with bureaucracy and decision-making processes. The optics of all decisions are viewed through too many lenses. It appears that stock price became more important than talent retention. The current restructuring has resulted in the exodus of great talent and expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be wise to hedge your future success on talent and expertise rather than restructuring and reducing the work-force in an effort to increase stock price

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Amgen is a very good company to work for if you are looking for very good benefits and salary.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, culture, professionalism. Some of the best time off of any company in the biotechnology industry.

    Cons

    Unstable environment at the present. Probability of moving most manufacturing operations overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bottom line is not the only thing that makes a company great. People are the lifeblood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Exemplifies employers..!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    - Amazing place to learn business
    - Outstanding values and culture
    - Good opportunities and encouraging management
    - Excellent Benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Change is in the air and management doesn't hold much control over it. Stagnancy can seep in real soon if individual doesn't take charge of his/her own career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have a defined plan and share with the employees.
    - More communication needed to keep boosting morale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amgen is great company to work with except recent changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    It has best benefits among industry

    Cons

    It has two many changes and layoff in recent years. Headquarter location is not favorite

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Amgen is a great place to lean the business

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn different areas of biotech and observe leadership styles. Benefits and pay are top notch. The environment is competitive and fast paced.

    Cons

    Lots of changes in 2014 continuing into 2015 so this could affect staff morale. Change is a fact of life though, so if you're willing to work through some tough times, you'll learn a lot from Amgen. With less staff around, the workload will increase but this means opportunity for people willing to do and try new things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary of staff who compete to get ahead instead of competing to make Amgen better. There is an element of art in the scientific discovery world, too much competition drives away the innovative thinking and artist that are needed to do keep the company at the cutting edge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    - friendly/helpful people
    - competitive salary
    - good benefits
    - good perks

    Cons

    - doing a lot of layoffs and restructuring in 2014 and 2015

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Co. is focusing on buying instead of developing drugs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours for family and good pay

    Cons

    too many bosses who have no idea about research or making drugs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead directors/managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promising pipeline being ruined by shortsighted financial interests

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, campus. High-performing teams and expectations of excellence.

    Cons

    Lip service to values that are not followed in practice e.g. work-life balance, ethical competitiion, success via merit. Management is extremely thin-skinned and brooks no 'disconfirming information' that goes counter to financial marching orders. Overly aggressive and unrealistic outsourcing is going to cause major pipeline delays and financial damage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Constant pressure to do more with less people and less-qualified people will backfire. Some of those selling the ideas for Amgen full potential are double agents for consulting firms. They will take their bonuses and return to their true masters before it all hits the fan.

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

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Overall good company but not what it was once

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs recently and more next year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    9 years of working life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, good work life balance, some good people to work with, good paid, stock prices gone up a lot, great if holding a lot of Amgen stock

    Cons

    too many waves of laid-off since 2007, not much career development, too many corprate rules to follow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep every employees at least for 5 years. Stability of employment means good morals. Good morals means we more likely to meet our goal. We are more likely to have more drug go to the market...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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