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Updated October 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 60 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good benefits, lots of autonomy, chances to travel

    Cons

    In recent years I feel that the scientific mission of Amgen has given way to a “follow the money” attitude. The company is now definitely being run by the money men and the old motto of “science first” seems to be forgotten

    Advice to Management

    Remember your roots; and remember that your people are your best asset - not a “resource” to be cut


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - SAS Programmer in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SAS Programmer in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very organised, very polished company.
    Good direction.

    Cons

    Always looking to cut costs and maximise profit at expense of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Think of people first

  3. "Rating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generous package, some flexible. Inadequate performance management

    Cons

    Lack of career progression, hierarchical


  4. "Metrics and Deliverables"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    good salary, fast moving, changing, innovative driven company

    Cons

    high turn over time, silos, stressful over periods

    Advice to Management

    stability on decision making, berrer risk assesment, resilience


  5. "The Amgen Experience"

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    Former Employee - IS Analyst in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IS Analyst in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall great company to work for. Great benefits including holiday and compensation package

    Cons

    Difficult to progress unless your in the right team and right place at the right time. Many internal interviews for a position you are even nominated for (eg 5!) that could be achieved leaving and going to another company in as little as 2


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Cutting Costs and Quality in R&D"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Trial Specialist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Clinical Trial Specialist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Got to work on some exciting projects, nice offices, onsite staff restaurant which was subsidised, pleasant working environment, break out areas and working from home to help with the work life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of chopping about in study teams, no continuity of managers. Some study managers were really shockingly bad at managing people, and lacked people skills, to the point of only wanting to communicate in a meeting or via the instant messenger (more in-person / phone contact would have been nice) and others 'relied heavily' on the support of their CTS whilst themselves being clueless, incompetent and less capable than the CTS. Generally if you were good at your job, you got to work on the better studies.
    The recent move to sourcing the CTS role to ICON was particularly badly handled from day 1, the PRMs were so tied up with rolling out the new model that they were unobtainable and it came across that they didn't really care if they kept current CTS or lost them. I heard from another recruiter within ICON / Docs global who let slip that they had been told to get staff on the Amgen Contract 'as cheap as possible'. With that information to hand plus another 3 job offers on the table I declined the opportunity to work through ICON on the Amgen Contract.

    Advice to Management

    Value those that you spend a lot of time, money and effort training, your contingent workers should be considered for internal opportunities doing the same jobs as permanent staff. Trying to move your CW CTS to ICON is a very silly and 'Cheap' move. Inputs = Outputs


  7. Helpful (1)

    "USA centric - can be interesting work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and (from my perspective) good regional management who were interested in people. Locally provided with lots of autonomy and high expectation about getting things done.

    Cons

    consultation & consensus driven culture sounds good until you realise that being on the wrong continent with 0 travel budget means it is actually almost impossible to get things done if they have any impact outside your local region. With HQ on PST, then any consensus building means working late into the evening with only lip service paid to scheduling meetings at mutually convenient times.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people in the regions - stop being centralizing control freaks

  8. "Good company but becoming leaner"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pipeline
    People
    Culture
    More opportunity out of EU
    X y

    Cons

    Hard work but it could be worse

    Advice to Management

    Promising to cut operating expenses year on year will reduce chances of successful launches


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people; knowledgeable and focused teams; Opportunity for working from home; flexible hours.

    Cons

    UK office locations lack perspective and innovation, especially Cambridge site. Srn management only in TO --- lack of representation in UK HQ. Decision making is slow; progress is convoluted and unclear; lack of clear goals. No fun anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your loyal staff and recognise and reward them. Get rid of 'brown-noses' who only talk laud but know and do little or nothing


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Has Amgen lost its soul?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of clever & efficient people, who "get it"
    Outstanding pipeline
    Amazing R&D and Production know-how

    Cons

    Short term focus
    Permanent "fire drill mode"
    Unrealistic commitments to Wall Street
    Risk of "breaking the machine" by changing all aspects of the company at the same time
    Restructuring has become integral part of the way Amgen now works


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