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Amgen Reviews

Updated August 11, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance is not balanced, despite the companies claim of its importance" (in 71 reviews)

  • "Constantly re-organizing, high amount of layers for decision making" (in 63 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Amgen is a 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and friendly people.

    Cons

    Los Angeles area is very expensive.


  2. "Associate Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are great

    Cons

    The work environment is unhealthy

  3. "Excellent Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people and the shift. Great Culture

    Cons

    Nothing really, lots of changes


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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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

    This company offers great benefits

    Cons

    Working for this company means subscribing to "Corporate America"


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Team effort, great training, no micro-managing

    Cons

    No cons worth mentioning currently


  6. "Great place to work at!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, vacation and health benefits

    Cons

    Takes so long to get promoted.


  7. "Great Place to Intern"

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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

    Ethical Company, Beautiful Campus and great time with manager - internship program is very robust with many events.

    Cons

    Seems like there is some job insecurity in some sectors

  8. "Awesome company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior QA Specialist in Caguas, PR
    Current Employee - Senior QA Specialist in Caguas, PR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a great company to work for, great benefits and a great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    It is a challenging workplace, a lot of pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Faster decision making but otherwise keep doing what you are doing.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Once upon a time I loved this company"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair Salary
    Benefits
    Flex work from home
    Great colleagues

    Cons

    Job security
    Office of the future
    You are just a number

    Advice to Management

    Hang in there! I hope you get a great package when they are done with you.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "I just feel like I don’t fit... culturally"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pipeline is good,
    Benefits are excellent and supersede other companies
    Fairly intelligent people
    AMA location is good

    Cons

    The executive leadership is very weak. The senior most executive leader of the AMA site doesn’t care as much about the science and looking after everyone as opposed to a clique of people they care about.

    There is a lot of dissatisfaction among scientists, senior scientists, engineers, senior engineers and principal engineers in the DST/DSTE organization. This has led to a lot of turnover.

    There are too many directors at Amgen to satisfy the ego of people. Too many directors but a few good leaders.

    The science is a good part of this company. One of the values is to be science driven, but it’s done without due diligence and risk assessment. This leads to reactive risk mitigation in commercial operations.

    No development opportunities unless you are part of the clique

    You have to be in a role for 18 months before changing roles (I am thinking of quitting the company instead and save myself; the economy is really good). So you’re pretty much stuck if you started something and are not liking it.

    Next generation workspace sucks. It really does, and when you deal with it you know the glamour of advertising isn’t worth it.

    I am very well established in my field, and in my time here I’ve felt as though I’m being sucked for my expertise without an ability for development.

    In my previous company, I felt like I could contribute and learn. At Amgen it’s been me giving my expertise and not learning much at all.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the upper management and get rid of the clique. The AMA site leadership should be replaced with competent leaders, not people who are all about posting cosmetic status updates.

    Extend the bold approach of the sciences to people strategy as well- remove the 18 month rule.
    Treat your people as though they are people, not as though they’re objects from which you can extract as much as you want.


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