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Amgen Boston Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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  1. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good work/life balance. Employee recognition. Opportunities to do cutting edge science.

    Cons

    The company is not that well known to the public.


  2. "Best of the best, first and best in class"

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    Current Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Sales in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great management, benefits are first class with emphasis on work/life/community. Now have a day off for volunteering wherever you wish to serve.

    Cons

    As with the new landscape, contracting affects market. Launching new products has been a challenge but this is not necessarily a reflection of amgen but also the pay or landscape.

    Advice to Management

    Keep positive through the market challenges

  3. "Grad Intern"

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    Former Intern - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great work life balance
    Diverse culture
    Good opportunities to advance within company

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic
    Working culture can differ significantly between departments
    Can take a while for communication between different parts of the company to happen


  4. "Great Place to Work both Full time and as Intern"

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    Current Intern - Graduate Co-Op in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Graduate Co-Op in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rewarding, high-responsibility, highly-technical internship projects.

    Great work life balance - most people out of Cambridge start at 8:30 and are out by 5. Very comfortable campus and management is very data-driven and less politically driven. All experts and managers have been very willing to help. The CEO seems genuine and cares about patients and our impact on their lives, in addition to his responsibility to the shareholders.

    Pipeline also seems very very strong and high value.

    There is a huge culture for continuous improvement that I think puts Amgen ahead of its formidable competitors.

    Cons

    Internships at Cambridge Massachusetts do not have same exposure to management as those in Thousand Oaks. I encourage AMA interns to visit ATO and other sites if possible.

    Advice to Management

    Very frankly, manystudents of our Millennial Generation can be very vain and often chase prestige and immediate gratification. More frequent perceived promotions and movement for the highest performers would probably keep younger employees at Amgen longer.


  5. "Project Consultant/Quality Systems"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture and management team

    Cons

    budgetary restraints and not enough cross functional training


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Pay is good but certain associate levels of scientist are hourly. Get ready to risk your life so you can get paid when there is a state of emergency. Benefits are starting to dwindle.

    Cons

    Toxic culture where cronyism reigns supreme and only those protected benefit. Abominable managers who don't care about their reports, no career development, abusive managers are protected by HR and the abused are targeted, laziness and sloppy science. All senior leadership claim they have no power and none of them can make a decision on their own. Women, minorities and non PhDs are generally treated like sub humans and are denied access to internal meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees that work hard - there are a few left. Do something about the lazy ones who don't care about good science and who are terrible people. Please get rid of the boys club.


  7. "Good place for entry levels"

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    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities. Good place for Junior scientists.

    Cons

    In written processes can be confusing

    Advice to Management

    Trust and respect

  8. Helpful (1)

    "IT at Amgen"

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    Former Employee - Software Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay is competitive. Bonuses are appropriate. Benefits are generally very good. All US staff gets paid vacation. Additionally, each US site shuts down twice a year for a week. This is in addition to an individual's vacation time.

    Cons

    Various key members of IT leadership have changed hands in the last few years. The new leadership is clearly looking to outsource anything that is not nailed down. Opportunities in IT are few and far between. As well, folks working in IT these days will likely be doing on site management of outsourcing partner resources from India.

    Advice to Management

    It may be the best strategy for Amgen that they're outsourcing all of the IT work, and scaling way back on new software projects. Those quality Amgen employees in IT that remain will begin to leave if their jobs are reduced to babysitting outsourcing partner resources.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of paid time off (in addition to a full week off at July 4th, and an additionall full week at Christmas, you start at three weeks vacation then get an additional day per year after your fifth year....plus an additional 10 or so paid holidays).

    Gym onsite - or, if you're at a site without a gym, a $600 allowance for local gym membership.

    Cons

    When I started about 10 years ago, there was an atmosphere that the company cared for the employees that did a good job. Those that didn't meet minimum standards didn't last long, and those that excelled were compensated well. The re were frequent small perks that didn't cost hte company much, but still let the worker bees know that they were appreciated - things like fermentation seminars, ocassional free breakfasts, Crhistmas parties, that sort of thing. But there hasn't been ANY of those things for at least four years now.

    Couple that with multiple rounds of layoffs, expanded usage of contract workers (at a year or two a a time), and there's no wonder that the morale across the company has been falling. Though "shareholder value" has been increasing for the last year and a half, the consensus among employees is that the Board and CEO are doing their best to pump up hte stock price so that they can make a mint in the short term, at the expense both of patients and us hourly employees.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees again...and not just the ones at the executive levels. The lower grades are the folks who do all the hands-on work, after all. Treat us right, and we'll continue to make Amgen the best biotech...but keep treating us like crap, and you'll get crap work back.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Company has changed due to financial pressures; discovery research drastically downsized."

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    Former Employee - Scientific Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Scientific Director in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company has lost its focus on internal discovery of new therapeutics; plan to in license or acquire more than 50% of future marketed therapies. Sadly, the halcyon days of George Rathman and Gordon Binder are long gone.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management slows down key decision making.
    Neuroscience Senior management lack appropriate scientific depth and expertise. Jealously guard their access to key opportunities.
    Senior Managers unwilling to relinquish control of scope and direction of new target discovery work to appropriate scientific leaders to the detriment of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Identify an internationally recognized neuroscientist with strong interest in developing new drugs for treating brain diseases to lead the neuroscience therapeutic area.


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