Amgen

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Still infinitely better than Big Pharma (I've been there too)

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

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

Pros

Top notch 401k, very generous compensation, merit based bonuses for all staff
Honest attempt to communicate frequently to the masses
Some of the best leaders I've run across (and fewer leader-slugs)
Takes corporate values seriously

Cons

Still struggling to get internal research right-sized
Numerous acquisitions in past 12 years have created numerous small site challenges
Will continue to outsource to contain costs - disruptive no matter how well done

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't forget the values

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    A great place to start your career, gain skills, and move on

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of autonomy, some incredibly smart people there to learn from, networking is highly encouraged and easy to accomplish, access to directors/executive directors is fairly easy as long as you have a good reason to chat with them, beautiful location and campus, lots of "amenities" (incredible gym, onsite dry cleaning and carwash). Compensation is pretty good, the 401k is ridiculously good (no one will beat it in the industry)

    Cons

    Lots of politics and beating around the bush, slow decision making process, lots of bureaucracy, no clear career pathing (everyone seems to get elevated at the same time not taking into account the superstars and how they should be promoted faster), not a ton of upward mobility due to "lifers" who have been there forever and don't plan to leave and don't plan to continue to move up either

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your money where your mouth is and promote those who deserve it and kick out the mediocrity. You have a great thing going at Amgen, a lot of highly motivated/talented people who will work their butts off for you but you aren't helping them move up at all which is leading to attrition to your competitors and smaller more entrepreneurial companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits probably the best benefits of any company.

    Cons

    Sell or die. Don't expect management to ever have your back. Most of the new managers are only out for number one. Make sure you get a hood manager and vet who you will be working for. At Amgen your manager will make you or break you. Stay away from the Bone Health diviision especially in highly managed health care markets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to selling medicine instead of trying so hard to please the investor and work for the patient again

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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