Amgen Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
677 Reviews
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677 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 76 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 85 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees (in 23 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 36 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    great place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    Great long run at Amgen while it lasted.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Longmont, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Longmont, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Great culture and benefits. Competitive salries.

    Cons

    Beware of start and stop of major contruction sites and remote site developement. Prone to significant lay-offs. The company seems to be transitioning away from in-house manufacturing to contract manufacturing. Bogged down with over compliance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your people first and follow through with plans. Keep costs down by not over compensating for compliance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits, such as 401K plan, and summer and winter shutdowns are great.

    Cons

    Constant changes, lack of stability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great benefits but limiited growth opportunity

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

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits and excellent 401K matching (up to 10% of base salary).
    People are friendly, intelligent, and easy to work with. Everyone is aligned on the mission of serving patients.

    Cons

    Low morale currently (Oct'14) due to 15% headcount RIF, with 5% more to follow in 2015... and the volume of work isn't going away. Limited growth opportunity - a lot of talented mid-level to senior managers who have little opportunity to advance to the next level, and even less now with reduction in layers. Career progression is heavily dependent on who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While aiming to please shareholders and the investment community, don't lose sight of employees being your "greatest asset."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Grad Internship review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Amgen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to learn about the health care industry. The people are all very busy and hardworking but also willing to take time to chat. Amgen corporate office did a great job putting together the program. Really encouraged you to learn everything about Amgen, not just the office in which you are placed.

    Cons

    Can be slow if you don't seek out work or if your supervisor is out of the office a lot... So, don't really have any cons to add here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a rewarding experience

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

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

    Pros

    - Top salary and benefits
    - Strong leadership
    - Collaborative environment

    Cons

    - Politics have increased
    - Spend way too much energy/resources on keeping certain executives happy (quiet) instead of doing more important work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great place to work for an Administrative Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Numerous benefits and perks for employees. There is an on-site cafeteria, starbucks, gym all for employee use. The time off is also stellar you get 1 week off at Christmas and another week at Independence Day as well as 3 weeks of vacation for a total of 5 weeks off. Very nice work environment. Very nice coworkers. One very big perk is a totally casual dress code.

    Cons

    Working with Scientists who may not really know what you do. There is not a career path for Administrative Assistant.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company, great perks of working there.

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

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

    Pros

    I love the onsite gym. I can go at lunch and it is nicer than the public ones I have joined.

    Cons

    Hard to advance in a science world without a PhD

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Huge transformation

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

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

    Pros

    Management has their ears open, huge opportunities for people with skills, time when major changes are happening

    Cons

    Uncertainty about business need for individual groups. Looming possibility of benefits being re-aligned to pharma business norms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stock price is a huge indicator of management effectiveness, but we still want to primarily serve patients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for. Very good mission to be part of

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities; good management; great benefits 401(k), time off. Good diversity and overall great place to work

    Cons

    Company is getting lean; workload is intense; company going through difficult times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is core of people who are getting the work done day after day. Spend the time to find out who they are and reward them. There are many people who are just riding on the backs of people who are getting the work done and building their resumes without actually contributing, but extracting significant mileage and benefits from the company.
    If you continue to ignore the core of employees who continue to get the job done, it will eventually not be there and company will enter a downward spiral that will be difficult to recover from.
    We are at a important inflection point in 2014 and ignoring the above fact will take the company on a downward trajectory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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