Amgen Reviews in Thousand Oaks, CA

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
651 Reviews
3.6
651 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 67 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 73 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees (in 17 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Undergrad Finance Intern  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Undergrad Finance Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great 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!

    Cons

    Somewhat far away and in its own little bubble

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Benefits and Work Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more. Make the employees feel more safe working for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for. The overall package is very rewarding.

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    • 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 8 years

    Pros

    You have chance to find a good career path if you know how.

    Cons

    There are some extra layers to approve things, sometimes taking too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutting some red tapes would help to improve the efficiency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very good people and company structure, most IT related work has been outsourced.

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    Former Employee - IT Support  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - IT Support in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many software and hardware positions to apply for internally if you have a Bachelors degree. IT jobs through contracting agencies can be very good employment (if your department does not get outsourced).

    Cons

    Amgen is still undergoing layoffs, so do not expect long term employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire quality people and provide some permanent benefits for your IT functions instead of going for the lowest bidding contracting agency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Important products, tough environment

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

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Announce staff reductions - do it and get it over with. The anxiety is tough on everyone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Writer  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Medical Writer in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    workload, compensation and benefits, are good. allows remote work

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place for doing science

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Corporate value #1 is "Be Science-Based" and for the most part it is not just lip-service. Very good compensation, health, and 401k plans. Lots of vacation with 2 weeks official shut-down in addition to personal vacation allotment. Upper management team seems really excellent since new CEO.

    Cons

    Big organization where sometimes the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing. Corporate emphasis on improving decision-making still has a way to go. Too many meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to keep "Be Science-Based" at the forefront. Otherwise, keep pushing the decision-making improvements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for some - not so great for some

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    Current Employee - Training Manager  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Training Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation; some flexibility in work schedule

    Cons

    Lots of competing priorities; high pressure environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart colleagues, beautiful campus, deep mission

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportnities available

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    They pay you not to question

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation are excellent. Great work/life balance. Flexible schedule. The campus is beautiful. I've met some really intelligent and humble people here.

    Cons

    If you are motivated and want to make a difference go somewhere else. This is where people go to be told what to do. If you want to coast on neutral this is the place. Also if you are in your 20's you will be lonely here. Thousand Oaks is no biotech hub.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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