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Amgen Thousand Oaks Reviews

Updated December 5, 2016
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  1. "Oncology Sales Training Manager"

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    Current Employee - Oncology Training and Development Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Oncology Training and Development Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Innovation leading to a great pipeline. Utilizes newest technology and amazing products

    Cons

    High focus on MBA experience has led to a culture in house that lacks field experience.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop and promote internally. Ensure that field experience is represented at meeting.


  2. "Thought that I couldn't retired here..."

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice coworkers. 401k match.

    Cons

    Company leaders have no vision and lack of scientific background. Therefore they make poor decisions on acquisition and portfolio management. Lacking of good pipelines is causing the company going downwards. Location of HQ is so isolated. Once you are in , you are stuck here.

    Advice to Management

    Retire soon


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Amgen management feast richly upon your enthusiasm and achievement."

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    Current Employee - Sourcing Guru in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Sourcing Guru in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good bennies. The campus is nice. There is a gym and subsidized cafeterias around. The employees tend to look elegant.

    Cons

    You manager is not your friend, per unwritten guidelines for
    Interpersonal relations. You walk in the door, astute about the opportunity to improve things. Your boss will steal your ideas and facemask you and toss you down the stairs. Director level desperately clings to its privilege and with sociopathic panache will throw you under the bus. Trust not, become artful in achieving absolutely nothing, and you may advance.

    Advice to Management

    There's no advice management would heed that does not directly accrue to management convenience and personal enrichment. It's not their fault. They are trying to survive.


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    "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people at same level, some flexibility, benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    Difficult to balance work and family, senior level management don't understand how people do their jobs, pay is not that great for people to live in CA

    Advice to Management

    Challenge status quo is unrealistic, promotion is almost impossible, senior level management either don't care or don't understand how hard it is to justify the hours put in for a salary that can't make people live in the area


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, bad place for technologists"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, corporate culture is good. Lots of transparency and communication from management, clear focus on business of serving patients.

    - Incredible 401k matching and company automatically contributes 5% for all employees
    - Decent health care plans
    - Subsidized meals at several cafeterias that serve excellent, healthy food
    - Frequent employee focussed corporate events

    Cons

    The problems start for those of us who are career technologists. Amgen simply does not value this skill, and is intent on outsourcing every possible aspect of technology. This would be ok if they kept competent, motivated technologists on staff to manage / develop the processes and technologies used.

    Too frequently, the only management left are those folks that came from pure technology roles, but many years ago. The result is a technology organization that looks very much like it belongs in the late 1990s.

    There are pockets of smaller groups where innovation and leveraging current technologies to achieve greater business value does happen, but the larger "IS" organization is not this way. The result is lots of fragmentation, no cohesive strategies to adopt new processes or technologies, and political in-fighting.

    To top it off, the greater organizations management is focussed on self-preservation through outsourcing, and have not had the experience that many of us have had that shows how outsourcing requires more discipline and costs than promised.

    The other aspect that is quite draining amount of time used by administrative tasks, unproductive meetings and so on. The organization is heavy with analysts and project managers that only know how to communicate via meetings.

    Limited growth opportunities due to the above establishment.

    Advice to Management

    Even though technology is not your core competency, you must learn to treat technology and technologists as assets and not just costs that can be outsourced. Your competition is starting to do this, so it's only a matter of time before this will become a roadblock to your growth.

    Please, please start offering the aging IS management early retirement and bring in fresh faces from leaner organizations. That's the only thing that will make Amgen "the best source for talent"


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not special any more, emulating Big Pharma"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation (esp. stock grants), Benefits, gym, company adds value to society.

    Cons

    Highly political environment; management no longer cares about employees; culture not the same.

    Advice to Management

    Realize the politics that's happening below you
    Stop making acquisitions… you're terrible at it. Time value of money, anyone?


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not the company it used to be, but still..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are so many great opportunities to learn and increase your skills, as often, you are given a lot of responsibility. Many supervisors are cool and allow some flex in work schedule when needed.

    If you can handle a job that is now more impersonal than in some other companies, it may be a good fit for you.

    Cons

    Due to so much unnecessary downsizing, even the full-time employees are afraid to do much more than keep their heads down and work hard. The atmosphere is oppressive and depressing in comparison to days pre-2007 (Amgen's first layoff). If you're expecting that fun, but hardworking environment, you'll be very disappointed. Those days are gone.

    Advice to Management

    Mid-management, for the most part, seems to get it, but the upper tiers are only concerned with their salaries and keeping the Board of Directors happy. Amgen always had extremely talented people who worked hard and were dedicated to their professions, but nowadays upper management either doesn't notice or doesn't care. The general air of fear and job uncertainty is sad. Amgen staff used to be helpful and cooperative in meeting team goals, but now it's 'every man for him/herself' as workers just do their jobs and have no reason to give more. This was one a great and proud company... it's just a paycheck for many now.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very short term driven"

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

    Pros

    Good money, nice area, good family environment

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, prior work history not valued

    Advice to Management

    Engage staff, value staff and prior work history, develop people than fire and hire, stop nonsense of new work rnvironment, give pele their fixed desk instead of suitcase


  10. "Amgen Review"

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    Current Employee - Contractor in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Contractor in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Highly dedicated employees that gave more than they should at times (one gentleman had a stroke while trying to learn new software due to the overwhelming stress).

    Cons

    Since the change in management (previous owners now gone), the company doesn't seem as dedicated to helping individuals. Seems solely dedicated to profit.

    Advice to Management

    Elevate the visibility of helping individuals to regain the reputation of being recognized as a company that is dedicated to working on what matters most.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and Cons"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits, meaningful work, great staff

    Cons

    Company has gone through a lot of growing pains over the past several years as it tries to figure out what it wants to be as it matures. In the meantime a lot change is implemented that is not followed through on. Much time, effort and resources is spent on initiatives that never materialize and that cause a lot of stress amongst the staff. A company that had a great culture, through this period of growth has evolved into no real culture



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