Amgen

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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.

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    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
  2.  

    Mixed -- good opportunities, but bureaucracy and corporate groupthink are increasing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    All the people at Amgen are very smart, and it is a great opportunity to grow and learn. There are plenty of internal opportunities for people who are willing and able to show a broad range of talents and apply skills against a range of dynamic problems.

    Cons

    While the company was once a vibrant start-up, it is becoming obsessed with stock price, and bureaucracy and corporate groupthink are increasingly taking over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure the company as smaller research and development startups, and give sites more autonomy. It will be easier to integrate new acquisitions.
    Also -- reinvigorate the commitment to patients and staff -- there has been too much emphasis on shareholders in the last 5 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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