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Amgen Reviews

Updated 22 October 2017
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  • The work life balance is not good (in 61 reviews)

  • slow decision making; lack of nimbleness; complacency with some of the staff; highly political; can maintain poor leadership at regional level (in 60 reviews)

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  1. 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


  2. 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


  3. "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


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "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


  6. "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


  7. "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


  8. 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


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Contract workers beware!"

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

    Pros

    Pipeline only - I there are no other pros.

    Cons

    Even with the implementation of DAI, decision making is still convoluted, frustrating and cumbersome.
    Amgen has a high percentage of contractors to perm ratio and while contractors are employed for their knowledge and experience, once in contractors are treated as second class citizens. Contractors are not valued, not included and more over there is a distinct atmosphere that contractors are not to be trusted with the minority perm employees watching their every move. Not a pleasant place to work as a contractor at all.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat contingent workers as though they are the enemy! Trust people to do the job you employed them to do instead of micro-managing them, stalking them on Lync and treating contractors as though they were children.


  10. "Sr Quality Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    great work environnement, talented people

    Cons

    no carrier plan for temporary employees


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Cutting Costs and Quality in R&D"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Trial Specialist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Clinical Trial Specialist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amgen (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Got to work on some exciting projects, nice offices, onsite staff restaurant which was subsidised, pleasant working environment, break out areas and working from home to help with the work life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of chopping about in study teams, no continuity of managers. Some study managers were really shockingly bad at managing people, and lacked people skills, to the point of only wanting to communicate in a meeting or via the instant messenger (more in-person / phone contact would have been nice) and others 'relied heavily' on the support of their CTS whilst themselves being clueless, incompetent and less capable than the CTS. Generally if you were good at your job, you got to work on the better studies.
    The recent move to sourcing the CTS role to ICON was particularly badly handled from day 1, the PRMs were so tied up with rolling out the new model that they were unobtainable and it came across that they didn't really care if they kept current CTS or lost them. I heard from another recruiter within ICON / Docs global who let slip that they had been told to get staff on the Amgen Contract 'as cheap as possible'. With that information to hand plus another 3 job offers on the table I declined the opportunity to work through ICON on the Amgen Contract.

    Advice to Management

    Value those that you spend a lot of time, money and effort training, your contingent workers should be considered for internal opportunities doing the same jobs as permanent staff. Trying to move your CW CTS to ICON is a very silly and 'Cheap' move. Inputs = Outputs


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