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Updated 18 July 2018
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  • "Work/life balance is not balanced, despite the companies claim of its importance" (in 71 reviews)

  • "Constantly re-organizing, high amount of layers for decision making" (in 63 reviews)

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  1. "8 years experience"

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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


  2. "Amgen UK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Ethical company with positive outlook. Seeking to innovate across all areas of the business.

    Cons

    Tends to be risk averse. US headquarters mean difficult hours in Europe and can slow efficiency. Limited opportunities in the UK for IS.

    Advice to Management

    Advance clarity on decision making process, especially around systems investment vs budget constraints. Ensure true delegation of decision making occurs consistently.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amgen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good benefits, lots of autonomy, chances to travel

    Cons

    In recent years I feel that the scientific mission of Amgen has given way to a “follow the money” attitude. The company is now definitely being run by the money men and the old motto of “science first” seems to be forgotten

    Advice to Management

    Remember your roots; and remember that your people are your best asset - not a “resource” to be cut


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - SAS Programmer in Uxbridge, England
    Former Employee - SAS Programmer in Uxbridge, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very organised, very polished company.
    Good direction.

    Cons

    Always looking to cut costs and maximise profit at expense of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Think of people first


  5. "GSO"

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    Current Employee - Global Clinical Trial Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Global Clinical Trial Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Often promote internally.
    Predominantly female workforce within my department

    Cons

    Change change, constant change. Many senior personnel have left in the past year, following a significance restructure.


  6. "Rating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generous package, some flexible. Inadequate performance management

    Cons

    Lack of career progression, hierarchical


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Strange company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pipeline and projects are amazing
    Great cantine

    Cons

    All the decisions are made by the US office , no career progression in Europe , no recognition for hard work , pressure and unrealistic timelines make the work environment very toxic
    Senior management are never in the office , people work from home all the time making offices empty...
    The junior staff are bullied and fired and the senior staff are contained to lower positions which is very frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Promote your staff and stop organising questionnaires without actions

  8. "Metrics and Deliverables"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    good salary, fast moving, changing, innovative driven company

    Cons

    high turn over time, silos, stressful over periods

    Advice to Management

    stability on decision making, berrer risk assesment, resilience


  9. "The Amgen Experience"

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    Former Employee - IS Analyst in Peterborough, England
    Former Employee - IS Analyst in Peterborough, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall great company to work for. Great benefits including holiday and compensation package

    Cons

    Difficult to progress unless your in the right team and right place at the right time. Many internal interviews for a position you are even nominated for (eg 5!) that could be achieved leaving and going to another company in as little as 2


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not as good as expected"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amgen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable pay & comp
    Many dedicated employees

    Cons

    Doesn't operate to own core values
    Career progression dependent on where you work - better at Thousand Oaks not so good at other offices

    Advice to Management

    Aim to actually operate to core values listed


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