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Updated 16 March 2019
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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  • "Work-life balance is challenging here" (in 77 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "HRBP"

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    Current Employee - HRBP
    Current Employee - HRBP
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a great place to work. People work in teams, we have an open door policy, Flexibility. Career development opportunities and our pipeline is amazing.

    Cons

    Amgen is a great place to work. Amgen is a great place to work. People work in teams, we have an open door policy, Flexibility. Career development opportunities and our pipeline is amazing.

    Advice to Management

    The management team at Amgen understand and have the skills a leadership needs to have. Great employer! Communication is one of their best skills!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Brilliant place to work. Great people, great products, Compliance environment also great.

    Cons

    To many meetings about meetings.

  3. "Mixed experience: great pipeline but poor culture"

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    In the UK:
    - Some great colleagues and managers to work with
    - Good work life balance (not many people in the office after 6pm; except for some more senior people and specific function, can leave at 3pm on friday)
    - Exciting and promising pipeline to work on, with possibility to learn a lot depending on your programs and teams if you are at least at manager level
    - Reachable by tube compared to other pharmas in the London area.
    - No difference between contractor and permanent in term of responsibilities/project and main company/department events
    - Permanent salary and packages

    Cons

    - Poor culture in general, not empowered, very hierarchical, sad atmosphere at department level
    - Poor communication between leaders and their department, within department (knowledge sharing...), no interaction between functions (no F2F meeting when people are in the same building) while the office is so isolated from HQ in US ; there has been some improvements lately, driven by Communication, to create a more connected workplace
    - Top leadership: few individuals do not seems to care about the department and the people
    - Big lack of careers opportunities: all decisions are taken in the US, leaving very few opportunities for EU staff. No experience nor willingness to develop and mentor junior staff. Career progression, as often in EU compared to US, takes so long, when you are able to do so. Big turnover for the past years. Recently, leadership seems to have identified and communicated about those gaps, but fixing them is now the next step.
    - No much work from home flexibility, which is manager dependent, so can create unfairness between coworkers
    - As in every workplace, there are some few horrible coworkers, unbeatable to do nothing or deliver low-quality work but skilled with impressing leadership.
    - Offices and IT equipment are so old, with very old looking open space, with very few spots for meetings and 1:1's

    Advice to Management

    There are definitely a lot of great colleagues and promising talent. Invest more in internal talent (senior and junior!) and promote/give more responsibilities to some of the great leaders that have the potential to transform the departments
    Improve communication at all level (between functions, within department)
    Bring the next gen offices to the UK, it may help with communication, work efficiency and perhaps a bit with the hierarchy culture.


  4. "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.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - RAM in London, England
    Current Employee - RAM in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, team, management. Very enjoyable and rewarding place to work.

    Cons

    Can’t think of anything at all.


  6. 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


  7. 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

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. 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