Amgen

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Amgen Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
718 Reviews
3.5
718 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 82 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be out of sorts when project deadlines loom but that's not unusual (in 25 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 37 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good working environment, competitive pay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good working environment for contractors

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity for FTE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Sr. Biopharmaceutical Representative

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing people, great culture, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    I Can't think of any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    8 years experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A friendly and ethical company which has patients at the fore front of their business. Great benefits, good bonus opportunities and a lead employer within the pharmaceutical world

    Cons

    Believe a really strong educational background is necessary to progress. Currently going through major change. Most of the high level jobs are based at headquarters in Thousand Oaks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    The most rewarding and fulfilling 14 years of my career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Shared Amgen values, culture, working on products that help people, pay, benefits

    Cons

    large corporate infrastructure that causes slower decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Changing biotechnology

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Dedicated scientists. Good benefits. Great pipeline.

    Cons

    Culture not conducive for collaboration. Too many buildings and sites that separate elite scientists

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show as much commitment to current staff as is being shown to potential outsourcing partners.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amgen is a very good company to work for if you are looking for very good benefits and salary.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, culture, professionalism. Some of the best time off of any company in the biotechnology industry.

    Cons

    Unstable environment at the present. Probability of moving most manufacturing operations overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bottom line is not the only thing that makes a company great. People are the lifeblood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company. Currently going through a lot of transition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    History of putting patients first but being taken over by their investment in a CV sales force.

    Cons

    Multiple layoffs this year. Lots of sales reps looking

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company, but changing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance, good 401k, good vacation, flex hours or work from home options.

    Cons

    Like most places, health care premiums continue to rise; rumors that 401k benefits will be cut; frequent lay-offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying people off to boost the bottom line, but then hiring other people back over the course of a couple years! Keep the experienced, dedicated folks you have!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Workplace culture slowly eroding as business focus supercedes science

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Work-life balance, benefits, colleagues. Stock has done tremendously over past 3 years. Great gym.

    Cons

    Loss of perks, loss of talent, layoffs. Too much process. SOPs on wiping your tush. Decisions are made by few, fear of getting it wrong. Risk aversion, both in Go and No Go decisions. Leaders not the best and brightest but have vanilla leadership traits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more incentives to get people excited for the day-to-day work. Make folks proud to bring their kids into the workplace - somber mood needs to be rejiggered to motivate. Set clear science focused vision. Leaders need to lead.

  11.  

    Great place to work at the start, with diminishing returns as company grew larger

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Medical Affairs Function in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Medical Affairs Function in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a high science biotechnology company with outstanding marketed products and a robust pipeline.

    Cons

    As all companies grow larger, there are challenges with bureaucracy and decision-making processes. The optics of all decisions are viewed through too many lenses. It appears that stock price became more important than talent retention. The current restructuring has resulted in the exodus of great talent and expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be wise to hedge your future success on talent and expertise rather than restructuring and reducing the work-force in an effort to increase stock price

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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