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Amgen Thousand Oaks Reviews

Updated August 9, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing process specialist"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Process Specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Process Specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of services on campus

    Cons

    two classes of employees, temps (contractors) and perm (Amgen)

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone with respect


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Restructure for the sake of restructuring..."

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    Former Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great benefits, good pay.

    Cons

    Extremely unstable. I have seen so many good people get laid off just for the sake of restructuring and then Amgen hires similar people back.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people who you have hired and trained. You hire the best of the best and then bring them to Thousand Oaks only to lay them off or make people concerned that they will be laid off. Stop with the constant restructuring.

  3. "Project Manager"

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

    Pros

    Great people and environment who truly care about each other. Everyone is professional, intelligent, passionate about their ole but willing to help others. Managers from all levels are warm and friendly. Hard work is recognized.

    Cons

    Not too many opportunities for contract workers to become permanent employees. Limited parking for contract workers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  4. "As Good As It Gets In This Industry"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Benefit package among the best in the industry. Company hires very smart people in general who are committed to the science. Strong focus on the patient and serious illnesses.

    Cons

    You're on the clock all the time. There are too few titles so you feel as if you are not advancing. Some inequities of titles and compensation between organizations.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Management Culture"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amgen (More than a year)

    Pros

    Campus, shut down weeks, annual bonus

    Cons

    tunnel vision higher level managers/management, not open to change
    fixation on "levels"
    base compensation below average
    prioritization of numbers and due dates, over quality and appropriateness
    frequent changing of organizational structure and reporting lines

    Advice to Management

    reward performance over tenure
    follow through on strategy and promises
    treat employees, with the same level of respect as you say you serve patients (there is no explicit stated company value on taking care and respecting employees)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "work enviroment"

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

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

    Pros

    nice co-workers, walking distance to home

    Cons

    unstable, laying off people constantly

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  8. "QC Analyst"

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    Former Employee - QC Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - QC Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work and life was well balanced

    Cons

    comparing to other companies amgen is the best!!! I missed working in amgen.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great name amgen!!!!!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great vacation package and time off. Company has two shutdowns a year.

    Cons

    Only care about shareholders. Layoffs are frequent and over 50% of staff are contract workers now.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees, they make up the company.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Glass ceiling for men"

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

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

    Pros

    golden handcuffs of benefits that keep staff retention rates artificially inflated. nice campus, a gym, dry cleaning on site, southern California location with pleasant weather.

    Cons

    Amgengsc is barreling toward an all-women team! Seems like only women are considered for career development. I’m just waiting for that first gender discrimination lawsuit against Amgen brought on by a MAN; spotlight of the world on Amgen leadership. Glass ceiling for men.

    Advice to Management

    I'm as much for equal opportunity as the next citizen, would be nice if it were truly equal.


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