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Great pay and benefits, but career growth is very slow

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

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

Pros

The company has great pay and benefits and is the most generous in the area. The campus is beautiful and the weather is usually fantastic.

Cons

Once you're in the door, career growth is slow as most hiring occurs from outside to take advantage of the weak economny. Amgen is also the most generous company in the area and there are not many external opportunities that match their benefits and compensation. If you want to grow your career and match your total compensation, expect to relocate.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't underestimate the value of tribal knowledge. Many excellent employees have left Amgen to advance their careers, and valuable history and company experience left with them.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    Was a fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    In the old days, Amgen was a big company that worked like a startup. The compensation was good, and there was a collaborative atmosphere and staff were motivated and energetic. The compensation is still good, and there is still collaboration, but not so much energy and motivation.

    Cons

    Organization and Culture is changing, maybe we are becoming 'big pharma' - but the market seems to like what's happening now, as the stock price is doing really well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pros and cons - just like any other company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    Great campus and gym, great science, generally good people

    Cons

    senior management gets more money while those doing the work (director and down) are getting less and less every year. Keep taking away the little things. Lack of development opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When I joined, Amgen was still unique but has turned into a typical large pharma company. More and more levels of management and politics to deal with with less recognition and innovation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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