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Updated 18 July 2018
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  • "Work/life balance is not balanced, despite the companies claim of its importance" (in 71 reviews)

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


  4. "Demanding But Rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll never be bored! Really smart, hardworking, and genuinely good people here. Resources are there (if you're in the right department) and there's a strong focus on safety and improving/automating repetitive tasks. It seems like there's a lot of room for growth if you're talented and ambitious.

    I've also found management to be receptive to new ideas. But the most important thing to keep in mind is that every department at Amgen has a completely different culture and feel. Find a job you can excel at and a group/manager you can work well with and you'll thrive here. The former is as important as the latter here.

    Cons

    Amgen is a company constantly in flux. It seems like there's a re-org every year or two. This has it's pro's and con's but it's often the case that things change before they are fully functional and this is constant.

    From what I've gathered from many full-time employees Amgen will put you through a ringer to get a raise and promotions are hard won and are years in the making. This combined with a very lean work force has lead to a lot of attrition lately.

    Amgen also loves to hire contract workers. It seems like half the work force is temp. The agencies they use tend to take a lot off the top and disparity in wages for the same job can be quite bad. These agencies also generally have minimal benefits and will lie to you to take a bigger cut of your pie. You really have to be ambitious, network, and often have to move departments to break out of a contract position.

    Advice to Management

    It often feels like there's a disconnect between what upper management decides to do and what seems the obvious solution on the ground or that deadlines are arbitrary. Communicating reasoning and the data behind it would help teams execute with greater confidence and direction.


  5. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Amazing Campus, Innovative

    Cons

    Typical large company mentality - slow moving decision making processes

    Advice to Management

    Don't prioritize results over behaviors - show prospects and current employees that Amgen is building a culture that only employees people with high ethical standards and positive behaviors.


  6. "Working enviroment"

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    Current Employee - Regional Medical Liaison in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Regional Medical Liaison in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working enviroment at this company

    Cons

    I currently have no cons to highlight

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good and competitive
    Lots of money for latest equipment
    Facilities are top notch

    Cons

    You can work here for 5+ years with no promotion
    Management cuts bonus back every year
    There is favoritism where opportunities are announced first to those in certain cliques
    Work life balance used to be great until so many people left. Those who stayed got stuck with more work. No back fills

    Advice to Management

    Amgen lost a lot of talent in 2017/2018. Much more than usual and it’s because management is stuffing their pockets.

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    "Politics and discrimination"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Amgen has some of the best benefits in the industry. Vacation plus two shutdowns add up to 5 weeks even for new hires. 401 k contribution is 5% default plus 5% match. These are the golden handcuffs that, in addition to climate and the fact that there is hardly any serious competition in the area, keep employee retention rates artificially high.

    Cons

    The layoff late last year was hard. Those affected were given a disclosure statement showing the ages of laid off people and ageism seemed rampant. In other cases it was entirely unclear and according to rumors, HR was retrospectively wondering why top performers had gotten the boot. While these people were still counting down to their last day right before Christmas season, plenty of young, inexperienced blood was already interviewing for the newly vacant spots.

    Medcom was split into two groups, one for global and one for the US. Division of deliverables is alienating. The new leaders in onc were poor choices when others who were canned would have been more talented. One came over from another Ta and what's been rumored a career failure on previous team with high turnover and still isn't changing management style. Not all is well with these choices and morale is down despite brain washing. Politics and favoritism running high, discrimination on team.

    Advice to Management

    The organization sits on a weak foundation. Years and years of certain people promoting their own kind. Also, I'm all for equal opportunities for the genders but there is a glass ceiling for men! In an internal email the CEO proudly announced that there are now more than 50% of women working at Amgen. Some depts are more grotesquely skewed. Genentech is no different. I don't see how this is anything to be proud of because it makes Amgen no longer an equal opportunity employer. Years of gender discrimination in hiring and promotions is now official! The politics are tough to penetrate and are self perpetuating but going down the wrong track. Please keep it balanced, bring in better managers (nobody dares to speak up - look at turnover instead) perhaps things will look up in the future.


  9. "First company I'm truly recommending"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Warsaw (Poland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very high office culture, focus on employee and his/hers job satisfaction, good promotion possibilities, trainings whenever you need. Strong focus on work/life balance and flexible working time (also remote).
     What's not yet perfect they are really trying to make it better - unlike many companies who just pretend to try.

    Cons

    At the moment I can't think of any cons that are really worth mentioning, at least in my department, but I also haven't heard of unsatisfied co-employees so far, and it's been a year already.


  10. "Excellent place to work"

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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

    Excellent science, excellent people & bright future

    Cons

    Long hours, average pay


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