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7 years of services with good performance evaluations and compensation then suddenly down-sized due to "restructuration"

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Current Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
Current Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

Pros

Good compensation and benefits. Comfortable working environment. Strong logistic support to do your work. Solid pipeline with potential and good economic future.

Cons

Over the past 10 years, Amgen has grown from an innovative and nimble company to a top-heavy, process-driven organization with little opportunity for personal growth and advancement. Ruthless profit-oriented management imposing sudden and frequent down-sizing episodes that destroy the careers and lives of many very productive people, regardless of their good performance and contributions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you must restructure, please consider alternatives such as: (a) offering positions in growing functions and/or product lines within Amgen; (b) drastically reduce executive positions (currently up to 100+ VP at Amgen) that cost the most anyway; (c) at the very least prepare departing staff at least 6 months in advance and provide them with meaningful professional help in transitioning (not just web-based classes on how to revamp your CV or organize your search). For example: provide them with up-front recommendations to be used with new potential employers. Think first before you fire Directors: they are the backbone of the Company. They actually do the bulk of the work.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Mentally engaging place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Professional colleagues
    If you love strategy and enjoy science, this is the place
    They do the right thing, even when it's not profitable; patients do come first
    There is much to learn that it feels like you're a student in university
    Great campus with lots of conveniences like gym, dry cleaning, shoe repair, cake orders, film developing, etc.

    Cons

    Too much change all the time gets exhausting
    My dept does not encourage regular working from home, even when it makes perfect sense
    Senior mangers in tiny and noisy cubicles; demotivating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please offer more formal telecommuting arrangements consistently across depts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Great experience overall.

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

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

    Pros

    Still doing great things to change the quality of lives for people with terrible diseases. Some of the smartest people you will ever find.

    Cons

    Opportunities to advance in management are now limited. They tend to like to hire from the outside. Outsourcing has killed the culture that Amgen was founded and their success built.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to real workers and stop building a culture of 'yes' people who are afraid to take risks.

    Recommends
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