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Oh how the mighty is stumbling.....

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

Competitive salary
Excellent benefits including annual bonus and 2 shutdowns a year
Reasonably good work-life balance
Ability to work from home
Stock price has increased dramatically with onboarding of new CEO

Cons

Advancement limited and based solely on "business need"
Crowded unattractive working conditions due to closure of a newer building
Employees who leave aren't replaced
HQ seems to forget we're here

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start promoting from within. This nonsense about "developing our people" doesn't increase their visibility or salary; once they learn a new/additional role, they become more valuable to another company willing to pay them accordingly and off they go.

LOSE the "Thousand Oaks-centric" mentality. Many people have left the SF site because an internal job change would require a relocation to Thousand Oaks. Conversely, Thousand Oaks employees have relocated to work at other Bay Area companies because their jobs can't be transferred to SF.

Rethink the layers of governance required to make/approve decisions. It's collapsing under its own weight and delaying development.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Profit comes first, at any cost

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are among the best in the Industry. People at the "working" level (i.e. below Director) are great, they are dedicated, well qualified and they really care about doing a great job. Facilities are fairly state of the art. Corporate (ATO) offers a select few to work from home or another Amgen office.

    Cons

    Non-diverse: few blacks and hispanics or other minorities (ACO). Upper level (EDs/VPs) are "friends of friends" that have a poor track record of being competent-they're "YES" people and care not for those under them. Management drives a culture of do more with less to the ridiculous measure (no staff, take shortcuts and hide information), and they treat people very badly. Amgen no longer cares about innovation, quality or the patient. Backdoor lobbying and pay offs are the norm to get their way with Government. Bradway is a finance guy-it's ALL about the cash now. You will work until you're broken mentally and physically and won't be recognized. You wont be able to transfer until you've been there 2 years or more, even then it's crap shoot. More than likely if your good at what you do and have any bone of integrity, you will be rewarded by being put on a performance improvement program so that Management can cover their backside and blame you for any problems. Training is non-existant or poor. Quality and compliance is only there because they have to be, not because those are values that make a great product. If you're a patient I would worry. If your thinking of being an employee, go Corporate Director or above and you will reap the sweet hours and pay for being a figurehead (friend of a friend in high places)-go for it and treat everyone like crud and say "yes" no matter what-that's the golden ticket right there. Oh, by the way, don't try to help your fellow employees, it only targets you. The culture is one of self preservation and immorality. I am ashamed I fell for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PURGE Director level and above. LEAN your fat in ATO. HIRE & PROMOTE people with competence and integrity, REMEMBER-YOU and YOUR family are a patient. FOCUS on innovation, not acquisitions and salve labor overseas. HIRE leaders that will INVEST in the long haul, not mess things up for a few years and pull the golden parachute. EMPOWER HR to rid Leaders that cripple the organization. INVEST in training and a culture of INTEGRITY and PRIDE. You can make more money doing this than any other capital investment plan. Treat people with respect and actually act on your engagement surveys. Stop hiring NAVY men to lead! Employees are an investment, not expendable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Specialist IS Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist IS Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Company pays above average salaries, good fringe benefits such as gym, day-care.

    Cons

    You’ll get pigeon-holed; career advancements are limited and highly depends on the team you are in and how invested your manager is in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please know the value of employees, not just how much they cost!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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