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Amgen Reviews

Updated 5 March 2015
Updated 5 March 2015
788 Reviews
3.4
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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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  1.  

    8 years experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in London, England

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Think long and hard.....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Uxbridge, England
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Uxbridge, England

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    People, there no perks being a contingency worker

    Cons

    They have recently just undergone significant downsizing of their staff. They Only hiring Contingency workers going forward, but they too are not safe as they get rid of you ASAP signed a 12 month contract only to be told they no longer need me 6 month in to role, due to internal re structure which affected perm staff. your not safe. very dissatisfied with Amgen towards CW. Poor management from Directors and agency that support staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect to all staff members, you get what you pay after all, if you put your hand in your pocket and dig deep you have better staff applying for jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    great place to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    great career opportunities, friendly place to be and 'real' values.

    Cons

    expected to work hard and to do more than your job role, work life balance isnt as flexable as it could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase head count

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally, still a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager GDO in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager GDO in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging work, helping patients with grievous illnesses. Two one week shutdowns plus generous vacation time and flexible working arrangements (not in all departments)

    Cons

    Constant upheaval, lack of opportunity for advancement, global outsourcing creates inefficiencies, shareholder focus, workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You MUST find a way to reduce the workload. People on AFP projects are haggard and sick from having too much on their plates. Find some balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    thankful for the flexible work arrangement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Global Development Operations
    Current Employee - Manager, Global Development Operations

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Generous time off policy, including 2 one week shutdowns; great work-life balance and telecommuting options; good benefits; work with a smart group of people; the pros outweigh the cons and have kept me from looking for other jobs

    Cons

    limited opportunities for promotion; people can be title-centric rather than recognizing the contributions people can make regardless of their title

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop and breathe--celebrate success; let reorgs sink in a bit before you move on to the next thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Manufacturing in Juncos, PR (US)
    Current Employee - Manager Manufacturing in Juncos, PR (US)

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and good compensations.

    Cons

    Work life balance need to improve.

  8.  

    great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Support Technician in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Lab Support Technician in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    good benefits, flex work hours, the people who work there are very nice and welcoming

    Cons

    hard to move up in the company because it is so large. they have a lot of money but they do not prioritize training new research associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more community interaction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Demanding and creative

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Management knows where it needs to go, whatever the cost

    Cons

    Employees perks are being squeezed a bit more every year, but it remains a generous employer comparatively speaking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to reward the staff for all their efforts and not just the shareholders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amgen Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    location, gym, pipeline, weather, campus

    Cons

    flat structure, restructuring, food, food

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amgen

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Sales Manager in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Line Sales Manager in Cairo (Egypt)

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

    Pros

    - Amgen has a good range of Innovative biological products for different therapy areas
    - Leading mutational well established pharmaceutical and biological company in the field oncology / cancer treatment
    - Competitive package

    Cons

    - Still not very well established in the Egyptian market (not yet a separate legal entity)
    - The performance management process still has too much to work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - It is highly recommended to work with a faster pace to finalize the legality of establishing Amgen Egypt as an official separate entity (scientific office). This will be reflecting on having a local HR department and improving the performance management and talents management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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