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Amgen Thousand Oaks Reviews

Updated September 11, 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. "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.


  2. "Senior QA Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent basic benefits package, and fringe benefits for upper management, which is an exceptional way to promote an strategic and effective retention strategy.

    Cons

    Moving more and more to outdated "old big pharmacy" culture does not help to retain the best people, creating unnecessary pressure and stress, which is going backwards on today's job trends.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your best resource; stick with them 100%

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Regulatory Learning and Development"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Direct access to innovative training strategies and tools

    Cons

    Employees care more about their personal careers than the goals of the company. They buy in when it suits them personally.

    Advice to Management

    Remain objective. Assume the best in people. Develop whenever possible.


  4. "Too many changes on campus. Layoffs will continue with current plan."

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    Current Employee - Global Administrator in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Global Administrator in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people working hard and doing great things. Opportunity to be a great company in a great community and school district.

    Cons

    Money comes first no matter how long you've been there. Campus is being consolidated and more jobs will be gone.

    Advice to Management

    Give job security


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    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great being around like minded people

    Cons

    a lot of arrogant people

    Advice to Management

    calm down, we are still one of the top biotechs in the world


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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


  10. 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"


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