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Updated September 14, 2017
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  • The work life balance is not good (in 61 reviews)

  • slow decision making; lack of nimbleness; complacency with some of the staff; highly political; can maintain poor leadership at regional level (in 59 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Exciting work environment for the most part

    Cons

    Lot of disgruntled people around

    Advice to Management

    decentralize


  2. "Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Great science, great colleagues, great family-friendly policies and benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, decision processes can be slow, a lot of PowerPoint slide decks, difficult to transfer between sites within the same role

  3. "Summer internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to grow professionally

    Cons

    No salad during breakfast hours

    Advice to Management

    More croutons


  4. "Fast Paced"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and productive work environment

    Cons

    High work volume with many work streams onging


  5. "Great Company! But not without some issues."

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    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent company. Smart people. Great to work for a company that's creating human therapeutics to help improve lives. Cutting-edge campus. Great pay / bonus, excellent 401K match. Christmas week shutdown and 4th of July shutdown time off, in addition to vacation.

    Cons

    Biotech is a volatile industry. Company constantly changing to remain competitive. Since joining, I've continually looked over my shoulder with frequent org changes / layoffs. Non-core business functions (i.e. back office support, etc.), these roles are not always given the priority that's given to the science side, which is understandable. Can be difficult to find other internal roles, as it can be challenging to get noticed within such a big organization.


  6. "User Experience Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, great working environment (Thousand Oaks), extremely smart colleagues, very good pay package, lots of random perks, room to move and grow if you have the right skills.

    Cons

    Ponderous systems and procedures to master, moves at a snails pace (IT), low tolerance for risk(IT), outsources many roles (especially IT), corporate IT structure is highly decentralized so work experiences can be vastly different across the organization, jumping on the open-office bandwagon but may be a poor fit for Amgen's culture, depending on your philosophical outlook you might take issue with the for-profit business model that charges obscene prices for life-saving drugs.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the expertise of the people you hire.


  7. "Too many changes and constant cost reduction"

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    Current Employee - IT Principal Business Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Principal Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits includes (GYM, 401k, Health Insurance), Beautiful campus,

    Cons

    Too many changes in Top Management and constant change in direction. They always want to cut costs, without thinking it through completely.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Typical big company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, lots of vacation

    Cons

    typical bureaucracy that you would expect to find at any big company, it's a great place to be settled-down, not a great place for any sort of career growth

    Advice to Management

    empower more at lower levels, upper management is completely out of touch with what is going on with employees, talent retention is very poor and there should be concerted efforts made to fix that


  9. "district sales manager"

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, benefits, smaller compared to big pharma

    Cons

    diversity favored over skill. low opportunity for advancement


  10. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and great developement professional opportunities.

    Cons

    None at the moment.


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