Amgen Reviews in Thousand Oaks, CA

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
658 Reviews
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Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 72 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 80 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees (in 22 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 34 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amgen Finance - historically been good career development, future TBD

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Applies to Finance only: Good performers have been able to rotate jobs every 2-3 years and get promoted on a decent schedule. Relatively informal atmosphere.

    Amgen overall: decent pay, good bonus program (really good for Directors & above). 10% 401K matching is nice.

    Cons

    Applies to Finance only: Much harder to get promoted beyond Senior Manager. Only one internal promotion to VP in last 10+ years, rest are external hires. 4 or 5 CFOs in last 7 years.

    Amgen overall: definitely in "productivity" mode, CEO even talked about layoffs are likely coming, hard to focus on the real jobs at hand. If you leave near Amgen, you'll likely have to move if you change companies because there are not many other options without a long commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Applies to Finance only: Need to develop a track to VP internally. How can you have no internal promotions to VP in a company this size?

    Amgen overall: Need to weed out the lazy people who just hang on here because they like living in the area. They are taking away opportunities for the up and comers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great science company to work for

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

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. It's a great campus to work for.

    Cons

    Strapped to a position. It's difficult to move from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Going to be stronger than ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Good science
    Nice campus
    Can't beat the weather

    Cons

    Hard to get things done
    Can't trust anyone

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience working with some amazing folks!

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

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture - no micro-management! Just accountable for your deliverables!! The PMO was amazing!! learnt a lot of professional PM related methodologies!

    Cons

    You are just another Contractor! The perm employees get all the benefits!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about mopre perm ops???

  6.  

    Graduate Summer Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Summer Intern  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Summer Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Incredibly great internship! Well charted out project,truly knowledgeable colleagues and a great work environment.
    - Collaborative work culture
    - Wonderful work/life balance
    - Challenging work
    - Lots to learn

    Cons

    No specific cons,really. The Thousand Oaks location is huge and that maybe a con for some,if working at a large office campus is not your preference. But overall,great work environment!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the finest management folks I have ever met. Very open,very supporting,very encouraging! I hope to be as humble and competent as them in my career.

    Recommends
  7. 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 for less than a 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.

  8.  

    Intense atmosphere with excellent benefits

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Employee Satisfaction

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Amgen 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.

    Cons

    Career 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 ManagementAdvice

    A 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with great culture and work-life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biostatistical Programming  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Biostatistical Programming in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Outstanding 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.

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Believe wholeheartedly in what R&D is trying to accomplish

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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