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Amgen Reviews

Updated 25 April 2015
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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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    • Senior Management
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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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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

  2. Helpful (1)

    Think long and hard.....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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

  3. Helpful (4)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    increase head count

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  5. Scientist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many great people to work with; lots of learning opportunities; definitely a great place to do science; great benefits

    Cons

    Undergo lots of changes which sometimes causes uncertainty for career direction; promotions become more challenging and limited

    Advice to Management

    The best way to engage staff and enhance morale is to be direct and transparent about undergoing changes.

  6. Manager Training and Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training and Development Manager in Longmont, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Training and Development Manager in Longmont, CO (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I love the positive culture and values. They have excellent benefits and salary with a great annual bonus program. Highly recommend. Love the flexible schedules and ability to work remote.

    Cons

    They are doing a lot of lean efforts which help the business, but mean lots of cut backs and they are scaling back geographically, so no more opportunities in Colorado and Washington for now.

  7. Program Manager

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, employees are well educated and respectful, great cafeterias, well connected and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Reorganization is causing a lot of anxiety and confusion.. Contractors are becoming less than equal. Office space is less than great and few office hotels.

    Advice to Management

    Shared Vision is more than a vision statement. Share the real vision. Let employees know the real direction of the company. Looks more and more like a headquarters move out of California.

  8. Great for several years, not sure how the restructuring is going to affect staff.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. The paid holiday week over the 4th of July and Christmas (outside of your normal vacation time) is fantastic. Lots of products in the pipeline.

    Cons

    All Operations and Development concentrated in Thousand Oaks CA and Boston MA. Staff happiness used to be very important and part of the culture...not so anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Get through the restructuring and "right the ship". Value staff happiness again and you will get so much more from the staff.

  9. Great company, great people, great values, risk averse

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Value placed on patients and people is paramount, they live their value everyday and expect the same of employees. Remunerate their people very well.

    Cons

    Very flat structure that does not allow for strong career growth. Their policies tend to favour some and not others while occasionally dangling a carrot to keep you interested when the snack or meal will never eventuate

    Advice to Management

    Stop making the career path that doesn't really exist look great and learn to practice decision making with alacrity and the knowledge of who is or should be making the decision.

  10. Great people, great benefits, poor career development opportunities

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people - intelligent and driven individuals that do the right thing
    Great benefits - Overall tremendous benefits. 401k, RSUs, stock options, fantastic health plan.

    Cons

    Salary doesn't increase very much over time. If you come in with a strong base salary then you're set. If not, then you'll get stuck with a relatively lower salary than your peers even with top performance marks.

    Advice to Management

    Kudos for the corporate strategy. On the talent management side, would appreciate more emphasis on professional development and rewards. From my perspective, talent management process seems very bureaucratic.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Director Operational Excellence

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

    I have been working at Amgen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Culture, People, Product, Locations

    Cons

    Becoming a large Big Pharma Company. Bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Steer the course. Doing a great job. Consider some ways to bring small company feel.

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