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Amgen Thousand Oaks Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Finance Intern"

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    Current Employee - Undergrad Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Undergrad Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Awesome events for interns throughout summer
    -Great people
    -Interesting and applicable project
    -Work/life balance
    -Small group interactions with executives
    -Teamwork
    -Excellent case study

    Cons

    -Difficult vernacular. Understanding the science is extremely difficult
    -Large company, limited exposure to the business

    Advice to Management

    A few more performance reviews would take the guesswork out of how the interns are doing and alleviate the pressure off of a final presentation.


  2. "amgen--dull as hell"

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    Current Employee - Senior Architect, Information Systems in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Architect, Information Systems in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance; incompetence is actually a virtue here.

    Cons

    its like working for the government--nothing gets done. You're bored out of your mind. It's like a big retirement community

    Advice to Management

    recognize and reward performance


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Now hiring: former military personnel!"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits and compensation packages are good. If you dont mind selling your soul for your company this is the right place for you!

    Cons

    Management is horrible. Work life balance is non-existent. Not quickly promoted if you are female or over age 40. They seem to be hiring a lot of "former military" folks in upper mangmnt, which is fine but does not mesh well with the culture of the former Amgen staff (I have been there 12 years). People are treated differently in the military than in civilian life and they don't make the distinction. Lots of creepy stuff going on - the rules do not apply the same to all staff members.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff by listening to them and establish a true grievance system if there is a complaint about a manager. What happened to the old "do the right thing" value system we used to have? That seemed to go out the window when Kevin took over.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Amgen is a prion with good food"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great food - catered by Sodexho. NIce surroundings - They spend countless millions on landscaping.

    Cons

    It is like working in a prison. A Stalinist society where staff snicth on each other and back-bite. Where you can be denounced by an unknown staff member. The result is a lack of initiative and an environment of fear.

    The President, is a vain, arrogant man who collects jets and feels he needs two armed chauffeurs to drive his car.

    Advice to Management

    Spend money on research, not landscaping and planes. Fire the Sharer he has no clue about technology.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Doing a good job? Tthey'll tell you that you're not. They won't fire you, they'll just humiliate you until you quit."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Good benefits. Nice and safe city. Intelligent people all around.Company's mission is motivating (to serve patients). Cafeteria food is great. Nice gym. Laundry service on site (among others).

    Cons

    Poor career development. Poor management. Poor HR organization. Messy, no structure and process in place. Unfair treatment to employees depending how many people you know, and who you know. Promotions and movements not transparent, often given to those who have good connections. Not merit-based. Performance review cycle send lots of people into therapy because they like to put you down until you have no self-esteem left. No positive reinforcement.

    Advice to Management

    Lisen to your employees. Do something about the Global Climate Survey results. Yes, Amgen has poor decision making - what have we done about it at all? Get rid of poor managers, please. Be science based, be budget conscious, ACT LIKE A BUSINESS!!!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing downturn of a once great company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary on industry average. Hang in there as the options around T.O are extremely limited if you plan to stay in this industry and you don't want to relocate or commute long distances

    Cons

    Too many inappropriately promoted Exec Directors and Directors. Promotions confuse great individual contributor skills with ability to manage others. Much fierce internal competition. Who you report to really matters here. High percentage of really sub-standard support staff and associates.

    Advice to Management

    Employees see CEO as have two sets of standards. One for himself and then the Amgen Values


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not someplace I would recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company = great amenities on campus, good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Management is TERRIBLE. In my business unit management was completely incompetent. They were not qualified in the area they were leading, had no vision, no strategy & only talked about the issues, but put no plans in place. A total of about 8 people ruined my experience there. They played a nasty game of politics/empire building.

    Advice to Management

    stick to what you know. try relying on the professionals you hired! Take a hard look at yourself and stop hiding behind alot of talk. do something.


  9. "Poor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has very good benefits

    Cons

    there are too many layers in the company so work never gets done

    Advice to Management

    clean house, 17000 people are not needed to run a company


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Unfortunate to be part of the decline of a once exciting and important company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Leaders in implementing new technologies and business strategies. Benefits are very good and they offer a lot of employee programs to support health and family. (Unfortunately, everyone is so over worked they can't benefit from these programs, but at least the company is making them available.)

    Cons

    More time is spent on corporate spin than on actually developing and manufacturing drugs. The politics have overwhelmed the work that is being done. Every bit of data is massaged and presented in presentations and more time is actually spent on colors and charts than on the actual data that went into the reports. So much time is spent "talking" about the data, the message behind the data is actually missing.

    Advice to Management

    It's not ALL about the shareholders. Put more focus on development and manufacturing. Elevate those within the company and be open to contrary opinions. Appreciate that dissonance creates value. Bring back Gordon Binder as a consultant to assist with identifying new opportunities that can grow Amgen beyond financial positioning.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "overall, a very disappointing experience, lots of corporate politics, back stabbing, and gossip."

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the health care benefits, "work-life" balance, two paid weeks holiday on top of the normal holiday schedule.

    Cons

    people being promoted to highest degree of ineptitude. Possible drug abuse discovered, interoffice politics, gossip, back stabbing, stressful environment.

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees, empower employees to grow and develop their careers, not just say it, do it.



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