Amgen Reviews

Updated 15 April, 2015
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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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. Utopic environment that pushes you to be your best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Incredibly intelligent colleagues, good compensation, good location, great products that make you proud to work there.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility in Canada, expectation that staff who really want to grow will move to California head office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, loved the place.

  2. 20/20, Looks good at twenty feet and 20Mph, don't look to close or you will see glaring imperfections.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good overall organization. Most pay and benefits above average. Good hard working employees, very knowledgeable field sales and support staff.

    Cons

    Little advancement opportunity. Mid level managers are often stuck with the choice of supporting their reports or choosing to advance their careers.

    Advice to Management

    none

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    Director Operational Excellence

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Culture, People, Product, Locations

    Cons

    Becoming a large Big Pharma Company. Bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Steer the course. Doing a great job. Consider some ways to bring small company feel.

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  5. Manager, Regulatory Affairs

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Bonus target is not specified in compensation package

    Advice to Management

    Pay scale is below industry standard

  6. Specialist IS Programmer Analyst

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    Former Employee - Specialist IS Programmer Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Specialist IS Programmer Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amgen takes good care of its employees in terms of salary and benefits. Good, competitive, fast-moving, and challenging environment.

    Cons

    Outsourcing jobs is weakening the company. As the company has grown over the years, it has lost much of its culture that made it such a great company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing skilled positions. You are gutting the company by losing people with a lot of knowledge and experience. Learn from your mistakes, like the IBM outsourcing fiasco, followed by issues caused by HP outsourcing. We'll see how things go now with Cognizant outsourcing.

  7. Scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Science-Based, Innovation, Smart People, Good Work-Life Balance, Excellent Benefits

    Cons

    Restructure, Attrition, Disengaged Staff, Hard to Get Promoted

    Advice to Management

    Get restructure done faster, people are willing to accept change but dislike the permanent instability created by it

  8. Decent working environment, way out in nowhere (good for families), working culture has evolved into profit focus

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    working with smart, dedicated people, generous PTO

    Cons

    office politics have increased significantly over the years

    Advice to Management

    Amgen, you're a big boy now, put on your big boy pants. Focus on modernization and optimized efficiency of technology and processes.

  9. Enjoyed working at Amgen!

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good benefits with flexible schedules and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Wish there was more growth opportunities for support staff

  10. Changing to keep up with times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits remain generous compared to industry peers

    Cons

    Commitment to research is not as obvious as it once was

  11. Great environment if you're on the right team

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    Current Contractor - Regulatory Affairs Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Regulatory Affairs Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

    I have been working at Amgen as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I am a contractor and have been given a lot of opportunity so I have learned a lot, and I have demonstrated my value and repeatedly been recognized. I'm also on a great team that is transparent from the top-down about changes in the company.

    Cons

    Other groups are not run as well as the one I'm in - have heard some horror stories.

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