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"Profit comes first, at any cost"

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Amgen full-time

Pros

Benefits are among the best in the Industry. People at the "working" level (i.e. below Director) are great, they are dedicated, well qualified and they really care about doing a great job. Facilities are fairly state of the art. Corporate (ATO) offers a select few to work from home or another Amgen office.

Cons

Non-diverse: few blacks and hispanics or other minorities (ACO). Upper level (EDs/VPs) are "friends of friends" that have a poor track record of being competent-they're "YES" people and care not for those under them. Management drives a culture of do more with less to the ridiculous measure (no staff, take shortcuts and hide information), and they treat people very badly. Amgen no longer cares about innovation, quality or the patient. Backdoor lobbying and pay offs are the norm to get their way with Government. Bradway is a finance guy-it's ALL about the cash now. You will work until you're broken mentally and physically and won't be recognized. You wont be able to transfer until you've been there 2 years or more, even then it's crap shoot. More than likely if your good at what you do and have any bone of integrity, you will be rewarded by being put on a performance improvement program so that Management can cover their backside and blame you for any problems. Training is non-existant or poor. Quality and compliance is only there because they have to be, not because those are values that make a great product. If you're a patient I would worry. If your thinking of being an employee, go Corporate Director or above and you will reap the sweet hours and pay for being a figurehead (friend of a friend in high places)-go for it and treat everyone like crud and say "yes" no matter what-that's the golden ticket right there. Oh, by the way, don't try to help your fellow employees, it only targets you. The culture is one of self preservation and immorality. I am ashamed I fell for it.

Advice to Management

PURGE Director level and above. LEAN your fat in ATO. HIRE & PROMOTE people with competence and integrity, REMEMBER-YOU and YOUR family are a patient. FOCUS on innovation, not acquisitions and salve labor overseas. HIRE leaders that will INVEST in the long haul, not mess things up for a few years and pull the golden parachute. EMPOWER HR to rid Leaders that cripple the organization. INVEST in training and a culture of INTEGRITY and PRIDE. You can make more money doing this than any other capital investment plan. Treat people with respect and actually act on your engagement surveys. Stop hiring NAVY men to lead! Employees are an investment, not expendable.

Other Employee Reviews for Amgen

  1. "The benefits and time off almost make it worth it, but not quite"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    5 weeks off a year, 10% match in 401K, reasonable salary, good bonuses. Amgen pays for bus passes and supports flex time and telecommuting.

    Cons

    Company does not reward productivity. Management never lets the truth get in the way of a "good story". Many of the midlevel managers have been there a long time and are not open to better ideas and are not willing to take risk.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at your directors and executive directors and start getting rid of the dead weight.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits and leadership that knows the industry and has been with Amgen for years.

    Cons

    Be ready for assessments and field rides. Although this is now the norm across the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Great job admist the challenging environment we are in.

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