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Updated August 30, 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. "Not a nice place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Liked the eating establishments.

    Cons

    You are just a number. My department was run by an insecure, female that only liked staff that 'brown' nosed her.

    Advice to Management

    Train HR reps to act on employee issues regarding managers/directors. There are many manager/directors that do not abide by moral values.


  2. "Amgen Tech Hub"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Attempt to try cutting edge tech

    Cons

    Constant reorganization. No leadership.
    Tech Hubs do not know what they are doing.
    Political connections to get roles, than merit

    Advice to Management

    Get your house in order.
    Constant reorgs a pain.
    Bring in middle management, who know what they are doing

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Globalist Social Experiment"

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    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company figured out how to thrive while selling life-saving drugs at exorbitant prices that the average patient can't afford unless they finance it through the insurance racket and a $20 trillion debt laden America.

    Cons

    - This company is following the "Next-Gen" trend of getting rid of their own desks for workers and forcing them to work in closets or public areas where they are forced to listen to grown ups flirting and talk about whatever putrid ideas surface onto their brains.
    - The entire IT staff is from India so you'll be competing with guys that will work for next to nothing to get a green card.
    - IS department is so disorganized that you will go weeks after getting hired without getting badges that work, laptops, and the services you need to do your job.
    - Contract workers have to park in a distant parking lot because they are made to be reminded daily that they are not part of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy the gravy train while it lasts because the health insurance industry will implode.


  4. "Poor treatment Contingent Workers"

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    Former Contractor - Quality Control Analyst (Temporary) in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Contractor - Quality Control Analyst (Temporary) in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus with plenty of food options onsite.

    Cons

    Contracting results in huge pay discrepancy between people in same role, despite education and experience level. They attempted to use me in every way possible, except for in the capacity for which I was hired. I was there for 3 months before receiving any on the job training. Overall waste of my time and skills.

    Advice to Management

    Pay all contractors in the same role based on experience and education level, not flat rate per the position. You leverage skills, not people. We aren't slaves.


  5. "A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is just a company. Not your life. Take easy, relax. It will be over and get better. Be honest all the time.

    Cons

    Life and work need balance. Respect to people. If you do not want it, please do not give it to anybody, especial the person trust you.

    Advice to Management

    A


  6. "Senior Biopharmaceutical Sales Representative"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor

    Pros

    The people. The vacation. Holiday shutdowns: Week of 4th of July + week of christmas.

    Cons

    Amgen had a contract with inventiv. Contract reps were not paid as much as direct Amgen sales reps even though we did the exact samejob. Amgen promised that the inVentiv contract reps would become direct Amgen hires if our numbers were good. I was #2 in my district. I had a very strong performance evaluation... BUT my position was displaced based upon geography not based upon my performance and now I do not have any opportunity to move forward.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your promises... Keep and retain good talent regardless if we were part of the inventiv contract!


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Sr Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    People (depends on the business unit)

    Cons

    Very political, long hours, not collaborative, employees change jobs or are fired often (see long hours), considerable time spent documenting interactions to defend against potential future consequences (definitely ask about the calibration meeting year end review process to get a good idea of how this company treats/values people)

    Advice to Management

    Amgen "cultures and values" are window dressing. Low morale for the ~80% who are not "exceeding expectations." There are EDs, GMs and VPs that will say/do whatever it takes to keep their stock options coming...trickle down impact is ruthless.

  8. "Evil Empire"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    First line managers tend to be pretty good and helpful

    Cons

    Some people are overworked and others skate
    Directors and above are almost universally evil and self-serving
    Highly political environment
    Limited upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Have a bit of introspection and get rid of the bad middle management layer


  9. "QA Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable salary and benefits in par with industry

    Cons

    Very lean staffing, poor leadership, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Respect your staff, improve culture


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Amgen IT not the best"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Share price and comps are the pros

    Cons

    Bad culture and inexperienced IT leaders

    Advice to Management

    IT should be treated as a partner not overhead


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