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Updated 18 January 2018
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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  • The work life balance is not good (in 67 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. "good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    good work life balance, good exposure

    Cons

    small salary increments, some beauracracy


  2. "Not Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    The timings were flexible and good bonus

    Cons

    logistical support was a nightmare

    Advice to Management

    Should have more people for logistical support


  3. "good place to work,,,"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best place to work...best management...opportunities to work cross skills

    Cons

    Personal life is not balanced..too much work..

    Advice to Management

    initiate some employee oriented program for work n personal life balance


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  5. "Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    good pto, Great place to stay

    Cons

    The only big biotech company in the nearby area


  6. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great science. Enjoy working here very much.

    Cons

    Open office is kind of double edge sword. At least I am not comfortable with it.


  7. "Great Place to Work... Sometimes"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great culture, great people, competitive environment, benefits, healthy lifestyle

    Cons

    hard to get in, overly competitive, huge disconnect between workers and upper management, difficult to advance

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping people (contract workers) on the staff. The periodic mass firings leave a sense of dread from the employees, communication could be a lot better


  8. "Chippy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Patient first culture
    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Leadership disconnected from staff
    Manage up Culture

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to better understand what staff do and are actually capable of delivering
    Respect diversity of thought, style and perspectives not just staff that think and act as you do


  9. "Great environment, if you manage to stay there"

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    Former Employee - IS Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Former Employee - IS Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome campus facilities, great pay and benefits, adequate work life balance. The 401k match is great, as are some of the long term incentives. Time off starts at 5 weeks (3 week vacation plus one summer and one winter shutdown)

    Cons

    Long product development cycle leads to occasional lay offs, recent focus on cost cutting by sending jobs outside of California with additional rounds of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    If you can put product in the market, go buy someone who can rather than going through these lay off / hiring spree cycles.


  10. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    All the fringe benefits of a Fortune 500

    Cons

    Career Advancement relies heavily on direct manager feedback to quote "I would have to go to the annual promotion meeting and stand on the table and light my hair on fire to demand a raise for a staff member."

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and develop your key talent; more transparency on career advancement with tangible goals, timelines and less focus on a manager's singular opinion. The career advancement process and management accountability in place during my tenure was unfortunately very lacking. Twice departments I was in were given approval to hire a higher level employee (less educated and skilled for a fact) than myself instead of promoting a dedicated employee like myself from within and backfilling the lower position. It made no sense whatsoever and was highly disparaging from trusting any further advancement.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company with declining values."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits especially 10% 401K.

    Cons

    Senior management can be tone deaf at times.


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