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Updated January 19, 2018
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  • The work life balance is not good (in 68 reviews)

  • slow decision making; lack of nimbleness; complacency with some of the staff; highly political; can maintain poor leadership at regional level (in 60 reviews)

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  1. "Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    good pto, Great place to stay

    Cons

    The only big biotech company in the nearby area


  2. "Prioritize whats important to you in a job before joining!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great 410K program; flexible work environment

    Cons

    Organizational reorgs are like mathematical certainty..... interested candidates should consider the uncertainty that comes w/ it.

  3. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great science. Enjoy working here very much.

    Cons

    Open office is kind of double edge sword. At least I am not comfortable with it.


  4. "Great Place to Work... Sometimes"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great culture, great people, competitive environment, benefits, healthy lifestyle

    Cons

    hard to get in, overly competitive, huge disconnect between workers and upper management, difficult to advance

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping people (contract workers) on the staff. The periodic mass firings leave a sense of dread from the employees, communication could be a lot better


  5. "Chippy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Patient first culture
    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Leadership disconnected from staff
    Manage up Culture

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to better understand what staff do and are actually capable of delivering
    Respect diversity of thought, style and perspectives not just staff that think and act as you do


  6. "Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Although reduced consistently over the past few years, benefits relatively in-line with other like companies.

    Cons

    High pressure work environment (ever-increasing mantra, "Do more with less people"), hostile communications between staff, above average frequency of staff competition and betrayal, lack of manager knowledge of overall operations and responsibilities of their staff, lack of clear leadership & discipline.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff, especially those who have been top performers & have been with the company for a long while - stop dismissing these folks just to hire someone younger, with less experience, in order to save a buck. Don't allow yourself to get drawn into the gossip and politicking, but rather stand firm and lead by example. Model the Amgen values, as you expect your staff to.


  7. "Company culture has changed dramatically - in a downward spiral"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits - comparable to other similar companies

    Cons

    Harsh, competitive, frustrating environment. Management (more prevalent in some departments over others) turn a blind eye, or fuel the toxicity. Continuous company lay-offs, to allow for new hires - younger and at a reduced pay rate than the staff recently laid off. "Burn out" is frequent, due to the increasingly high pressure management pushes downward. The company speaks highly of work/life balance, but if one wishes to succeed (or even hold onto their job), one must work through vacation time and off the clock.

  8. "Great environment, if you manage to stay there"

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    Former Employee - IS Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - IS Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome campus facilities, great pay and benefits, adequate work life balance. The 401k match is great, as are some of the long term incentives. Time off starts at 5 weeks (3 week vacation plus one summer and one winter shutdown)

    Cons

    Long product development cycle leads to occasional lay offs, recent focus on cost cutting by sending jobs outside of California with additional rounds of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    If you can put product in the market, go buy someone who can rather than going through these lay off / hiring spree cycles.


  9. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    All the fringe benefits of a Fortune 500

    Cons

    Career Advancement relies heavily on direct manager feedback to quote "I would have to go to the annual promotion meeting and stand on the table and light my hair on fire to demand a raise for a staff member."

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and develop your key talent; more transparency on career advancement with tangible goals, timelines and less focus on a manager's singular opinion. The career advancement process and management accountability in place during my tenure was unfortunately very lacking. Twice departments I was in were given approval to hire a higher level employee (less educated and skilled for a fact) than myself instead of promoting a dedicated employee like myself from within and backfilling the lower position. It made no sense whatsoever and was highly disparaging from trusting any further advancement.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company with declining values."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits especially 10% 401K.

    Cons

    Senior management can be tone deaf at times.


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