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Updated October 19, 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 60 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Company to work for!"

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Generous Time Off, 401K contributions, Incentives, Working atmosphere

    Cons

    Politics at the management level could be challenging


  2. "Great company"

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    good coworkers and nice working environment

    Cons

    little opportunity to advance in the organization

  3. "Not so great anymore in IS/IT"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amgen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, time off, health and dental. Great 401k match. Flexible hours.
    Overall, very nice and smart colleagues and scientists.
    Good science and challenging projects from an IS perspective.

    Cons

    The opinions here pertain to the IT/IS organization and leadership at Amgen.

    The IT/IS environment was great up to a certain point. That is, until the aggressive outsourcing (abroad, mainly India) of IT and IS duties started, with questionable quality of systems/applications support.

    Lack of real dialog between some managers and their direct reports, questionable managerial attitude and practices in the IT/IS department lead by the Executive Director Arun Nayar.

    Unreasonable assignments outside job description and misaligned with skill set and with workload.

    The business practices listed here have led to significant attrition, loss of some great managers who really cared about their direct reports. And also led to work overload, stress and hostile work environment at times.

    Mediocre base salary and bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, listen to them, promote real, meaningful, constructive dialog. Managers should be onsite, not on the other US coast, in order to promote real face to face dialog.


  4. "Tired of all the restructuring"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and opportunity to do compelling work. Good people and corporate education. Beautiful campus. You have a lot of freedom to forge your own path.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring and lack of upward mobility compared to other companies. Lots of cost-cutting and lack of backfills has led to high workloads and lack of resources.


  5. "Sr Business Unit Manager"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in América (Peru)
    Former Employee - Marketing in América (Peru)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wages-autonomy-conectivity to work-good product investment

    Cons

    Humiliation-You are not a person, you are a number-hostile enviroment-false company communication-donations and charity but not the same inside of the comoany with employees

    Advice to Management

    Slow business development-lack of global strategical planification


  6. "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.


  7. "Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome people and beautiful surroundings.

    Cons

    More work than you can anticipate and lots of rework in many ever-changing situations.

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention and give focus to the people in the organization. The culture is what makes this company good or great.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good benefits, lots of autonomy, chances to travel

    Cons

    In recent years I feel that the scientific mission of Amgen has given way to a “follow the money” attitude. The company is now definitely being run by the money men and the old motto of “science first” seems to be forgotten

    Advice to Management

    Remember your roots; and remember that your people are your best asset - not a “resource” to be cut


  9. "Undergoing tremendous strategy shift"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, terrific benefits (although they are changing to become average), mission of serving patients is always foremost

    Cons

    Company has protected their "secret sauce" for the past 30+ years at the cost of stagnating their use of technologic evolution to bolster their efforts of serving patients. They are now trying to turn the ship and bring in those tech improvements to make a great leap forward. This has maximized disruption in all processes and produced a need for creation of new processes, often with inexperienced staff that have a steep learning curve.

    Advice to Management

    Embed continuous improvement into the culture


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Amgone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The money was great! Both the pay, and the ease of buying top of the line equipment. Very nice facilities.

    Cons

    Money driven rather than patient driven. Only looking to buy billion dollar molecules rather than research to help in less prevalent diseases.

    Advice to Management

    There aren't that many billion dollar molecules left, you might want to consider some $500 million molecules - and research them yourselves rather than buying everything


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