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Amgen Thousand Oaks Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "Evil Empire"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Overworked staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amgen (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, good benefits.

    Cons

    Staff is working over time to meet the demand and the company is only hiring contract workers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in staff development


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Unqualified Senior Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and great location (if you never plan to get another job), great pay and benefits (but they are being cut every year)

    Cons

    1) location: if you decide to leave Amgen, you are almost guaranteed to have to relocate for a new job as the TO location is isolated
    2) Layoffs and Amgen's AFP program which is a fancy name for cost cutting and layoffs
    3) Unqualified senior management: one does not rise to a leadership position because they have the right skills, background, education or talent, they are promoted because they play the politics game and "fall in line" Example: I am a licensed attorney who was reporting to someone that had a music degree and absolutely no experience in the subject matter.

    Advice to Management

    If you really want to streamline and cut costs, put qualified people in senior management roles who will challenge the status quo, hire external, if you keep promoting people with the wrong backgrounds who know nothing but the Amgen way, you will never learn of new ideas. Stop promoting those who fall in line and reward those who bring ideas and advice to the table even if it's not the Amgen way. Nothing hurts morale more than to see someone completely unqualified get promoted to Director or Executive Director roles solely because they can play politics and hide behind your excessive use of PowerPoint slides and create fancy, yet inaccurate, data.


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  5. "Review of current company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amgen as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours, intelligent colleagues and work environment, great benefits, a lot of opportunity for growth and expanding your skill sets

    Cons

    highly competitive. I do not have anything else to add here.

    Advice to Management

    Hire on those who are right for the job


  6. "Excellent Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Planning and Operations Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Planning and Operations Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and important work. Good pay but average for industry, good benefits, excellent PTO, sick and holiday, best in class 401k. Variety of career opportunities. The people here are excellent. Great culture overall.

    Cons

    In an increasingly more competitive environment, the employee centric culture has shifted more towards a focus on the bottom line than in earlier years of the company. This is still a top employer and much better than most places; however, it's a noticeable shift.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the patient, the employees and the stockholders best interests. Continue to invest and develop staff, technologies and innovation.


  7. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits including 401K, bonuses, stock and vacation

    Cons

    The location is inconvenient


  8. "sanitor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Support Technician in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Environmental Support Technician in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very professional opportunities and good benefits

    Cons

    12-hour night shifts
    I moved to florida and looked for other opportunities


  9. "Research Associate III"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great team to work in. Very knowledgeable and helpful coworkers. Management is very supportive.

    Cons

    There's constant worry about being laid off due to outsourcing. This can create a stressful environment at times


  10. "Oncology Sales Training Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good company but allot of politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible hours and nice campus. Good traveling opportunities and bright colleagues. If you are flexible there are many opportunities to explore.

    Cons

    Stressful work, need to be really politically savvy, networking can be hard, long hours of work, thousand oaks is a secluded city.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about staff.


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