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Amgen Reviews

Updated 4 March 2015
Updated 4 March 2015
782 Reviews
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782 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    thankful for the flexible work arrangement

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    Current Employee - Manager, Global Development Operations
    Current Employee - Manager, Global Development Operations

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Generous time off policy, including 2 one week shutdowns; great work-life balance and telecommuting options; good benefits; work with a smart group of people; the pros outweigh the cons and have kept me from looking for other jobs

    Cons

    limited opportunities for promotion; people can be title-centric rather than recognizing the contributions people can make regardless of their title

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop and breathe--celebrate success; let reorgs sink in a bit before you move on to the next thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally, still a good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Manager GDO in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager GDO in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging work, helping patients with grievous illnesses. Two one week shutdowns plus generous vacation time and flexible working arrangements (not in all departments)

    Cons

    Constant upheaval, lack of opportunity for advancement, global outsourcing creates inefficiencies, shareholder focus, workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You MUST find a way to reduce the workload. People on AFP projects are haggard and sick from having too much on their plates. Find some balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amgen

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Sales Manager in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Line Sales Manager in Cairo (Egypt)

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

    Pros

    - Amgen has a good range of Innovative biological products for different therapy areas
    - Leading mutational well established pharmaceutical and biological company in the field oncology / cancer treatment
    - Competitive package

    Cons

    - Still not very well established in the Egyptian market (not yet a separate legal entity)
    - The performance management process still has too much to work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - It is highly recommended to work with a faster pace to finalize the legality of establishing Amgen Egypt as an official separate entity (scientific office). This will be reflecting on having a local HR department and improving the performance management and talents management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    great company

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    Current Employee - Lab Support Technician in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Lab Support Technician in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    good benefits, flex work hours, the people who work there are very nice and welcoming

    Cons

    hard to move up in the company because it is so large. they have a lot of money but they do not prioritize training new research associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more community interaction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amgen Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    location, gym, pipeline, weather, campus

    Cons

    flat structure, restructuring, food, food

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fast-paced and high expectations from upper management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Research Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Research Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, Good benefits, Smart people, Nice work environment
    Great geographical location.
    Opportunities to advance but not as many as there use to be
    They encourage personal growth but it depends heavily on the support of your Report To

    Cons

    Demanding, very fast-pace, satisfaction and growth very dependent on what department you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the employees at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to pay increases, opportunities to advance, and recognition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senor Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You learn something new every day

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are limited at this point

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Biochemist / QC Assoiate / Sr. Lab Support Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits, Technology, Pipeline, Development

    Cons

    Leaving persons rate is high, evaluations don't include the development plan, priorities changes alot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    I have been working at Amgen as a contract worker. I hope some day I can work for the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    It's a good company to work for.

    Cons

    The fact that it's hard to get a position at Amgen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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