Amgen Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
637 Reviews

3.6
637 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
Robert A. Bradway
202 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 67 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 73 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees (in 17 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 30 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great talent, beautiful campus, nice benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Workplace is really beautiful, lots of meeting spaces outdoors. Culture of fitness and activity (cycling, walking, group sports). Competitive pay and benefits. Company's products change people's lives (feel good about where you work).

    Cons

    I hear about the "glory days" of Amgen, where it seemed much more of a free spirited company, but since I've been here I've seen it get more and more stuffy and corporate. Excessive layers of management inhibit flexibility and innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can still play savvy business without losing your sense of workplace enjoyment. Happy workers = better business!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work with excellent outlook for future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Senior Manager

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company offers diverse working environment, it is set up with human quality of staff and values that are hard to match. Business wise the older products are acompanied with an impressive pipeline also in new therapeutic areas. Especially good development possibilities.

    Cons

    The company is facing a change process that brings some disruption in the otherwise calm business flow, this should be over in several month. Work wise it is not a company that counts with fast decision making processes and need to improve in that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on having an open comunication with staff and improve slow processes and decision making

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amgen

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

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

    Pros

    Amgen is a very financialy strong organization with significant free cashflows and a strong cash position. It also has a very strong pipeline.

    Cons

    Sr. Management is currently dismantleing the organization. The staff is getting demoralized as there is little value placed on experience and there is a significant focus on bringing in people from the out side for new Sr. positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look elswhere until things settle down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the same

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

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

    Pros

    time off is great; get summer 1 week off and december 1 week off which is not counted towards vacation; great gym

    Cons

    stress; layoffs; complexity added to jobs has increased

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    strategize layoffs better; bring back 360 reviews where you annonymously review your manager/supervisor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    good core values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Staff is dedicated to serving the needs of seriously ill patients. Promising pipeline of products to be launched in the near future.

    Cons

    Working environment is full of distractions due to the current monumental changes experienced. Senior management has advised the reasons for and a vague timeline, but many aspects of the company are in a state of flux..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care as much for your staff as you do meeting the goal of serving patients and making the company profitable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    3 years ago I would give a 5 star

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Juncos, PR (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Juncos, PR (US)

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A lot of talented & smart people.
    Great Benefits.

    Cons

    Amgen has changed from a science based company centered in values and development to a another big pharma driven only by finances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-focus in the Amgen values and maintain the motivation of staff members.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great scientists, mediocre management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues, potential to do very interesting and important work. Potential to publish in good journals. Nice labs. Company has the resources to do great things. Compensation and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Typical modern American capitalism. Company is run purely for the benefit of shareholders (not necessarily wrong, but can be counterproductive in this industry). Management is confused and reorganizations are frequent. Everything possible will be outsourced. Thousand Oaks is a wasteland and Amgen is the only game in town.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the science instead of the stock price. Stop outsourcing research - you will get what you pay for. Thousand Oaks is a terrible place to recruit scientists to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Positioning itself for future success

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist Business Analyst  in  Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Specialist Business Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits (total rewards) will keep one from leaving. If you are talented, they will spot it and fast track you.

    Cons

    Decision making has too many layers but management is looking to peel the "layers of mgmt" in this restructuring effort. It will make position the company for success given it's promising pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing the right thing for patients and shareholders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company going through a needed transition but the future has big potential

    • 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

    Pros

    -products are impactful, which is hugely motivating
    -great compensation and overall benefits
    -generous stock grants
    -2 one-week shutdowns, plus 3 weeks vacation, plus holidays
    -beautiful campus with excellent amenities (gym, dry cleaning, food, etc)

    Cons

    -slow decision making
    -too many under-qualified, over-paid executive directors and VPs... Many from early amgen and need to move on as they limit progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring is healthy and needed. Cut deep enough to make a lasting change but no deeper, it will make a great company for all

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall Amgen is a great company!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Takes care of employees, great work/life balance even with layoffs.

    Cons

    Up and down R&D layoffs are frequent in the last several years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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