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Beautiful campus

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

I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

The Thousand Oaks campus is beautiful.

Cons

Work-life balance is very difficult to achieve. They have succession plans, but I never saw someone agreed on as a successor get the job when the incumbent left. Management typically goes outside for senior people rather than develop from within. The company is currently being dismantled. Look for work in other cities that have more options.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make your planned cuts quickly and make sure all the 2nd mortgages people took to move to the area are forgiven in total. No one in TO is going to be able to sell their house now that you're cutting back anyway.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    great colleagues, but terrible upper management

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist

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

    Pros

    Good scientists within my dept. and across different collaborating groups

    Cons

    The upper management is very weak in science, focuses too much on "messaging", and very unfair. It seems that they only care about climbing up the ladder themselves. The actual science and career development for the subordinates are largely ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and get to know supporting staff's true scientific strength. And be good human beings!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Turnover, layoffs, lack of clear direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Holiday shut down 4th of July week and Christmas holiday.

    Cons

    In the last year there have been five rounds of layoffs. They constantly bring in new fresh blood to only cut a year later. Everyone in town warns people of this. Often times, it's too late because you already took the job here. Too much outsourcing. They need to develop in house talent. Make a plan and stick with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only scale up if you have a long term plan that you are truly committed to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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