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Amgen Thousand Oaks Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

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    "Finance Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Operations Intern"

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    Former Intern - Operations Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Intern - Operations Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good experience. Interesting events throughout the summer.

    Cons

    Intern projects were well-defined prior to arriving. Intern program was not well organized by HR staff.


  3. "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


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  5. "Inspiring Mission"

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    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful mission to help patients, smart and motivated colleagues, desire to develop staff

    Cons

    Intentions don't always become the reality.
    Initiatives can lose steam before they achieve the desired outcomes
    Transparent communications are the aspiration, but not always achieved
    Risk Averse culture

    Advice to Management

    Embrace transparency
    Follow through on initiatives


  6. "Amgen - a magical place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment! This is my second employment stint at Amgen. There is really no other place like Amgen. You will be surrounded by some of the most intelligent, hardworking, ethical, and nice co-workers that can be found. The company fosters great science, importance on a 360 view of decisions, and involvement of all.
    It also has a great environment outside of work. Whether you are interested in sports activity, hiking, cooking, or what ever . . . you will find others in the company that share that interest.
    Living in Southern California is also a big plus!

    Cons

    The cost of living is high in SoCal. The compensation is competitive, but not over the top. The company, the environment, the people, the weather is why you should work for Amgen.

    Advice to Management

    Review compensation versus industry standards and adjust for cost of living in SoCal.


  7. "Great and enjoyable place to work and incredible sports culture!"

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    Current Employee - Manager Corporate Accounting in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Corporate Accounting in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Incredible sports culture is one of many reasons working at Amgen is an overall enjoyable experience!

    Cons

    Very few Cons to working at Amgen.


  8. "Continues to be a great journey"

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

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

    Pros

    - The emphasis on work-life balance.
    - The ability to collaborate within your function and across functions.
    - Being empowered to make decisions that can make a difference to the company and the people we serve.
    - Flexible work schedule and location.

    Cons

    - The cost of living where most of the offices are located (although this is true for many pharmaceutical and biotech companies)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to empower your staff!


  9. "Great Company to Work For"

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

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

    Pros

    I've been with Amgen for nearly a decade; after spending a decade with various large pharma companies on the east coast. Amgen is hands down the best place to work in the industry. Lots of advancement opportunities internally and they truly care about their staff. Beautiful campus, competitive pay and benefits, top-notch childcare facility. Couldn't be happier with my decision to join.

    Cons

    Amgen is a tough, competitive company. If you're not willing to work hard or go the extra mile -- this isn't the company for you.


  10. "Great company and people"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity/inclusion very evident within the organization. Highly ethical, novel research, good management. Good salary/locations/benefits.

    Cons

    Some operational processes are slow/inneficient compared to similar companies.


  11. "Great Vision and People"

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

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

    Pros

    Company has some of the most innovative products in industry. People are hard-working, extremely competitive yet collegiate. Company works hard at retaining best and brightest, and has many paths for growth. Management is open to and welcomes feedback.

    Cons

    Training is constantly being reinvented and I am not sure the new ways are better than the old ways. Although there is a sense that your tenure in the company doesn't have to revolve around the same job, it isn't always clear how you can move into a new position, nor what you can do to "test" it out before making the commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, the best company I've ever worked for, so keep up the good work!



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