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Amgen Reviews

Updated 24 January, 2015
Updated 24 January, 2015
737 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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Employee 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, loved the place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great pay and work environment

    Cons

    Layoffs are creating stressful environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Admin Cord

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay and awesome work environment

    Cons

    interview process, and lay offs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Good company, good benefits. Many challenging opportunities

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Good company, good benefits. Many challenging opportunities

    Cons

    Intense, driven people. Competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Better than most places, not as good as it used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, my area was both highly professional yet fun
    Everyone up to the director level were highly approachable
    A lot of work to do
    Benefits are great for direct hires
    Pay is ok for temps, better than other temp work

    Cons

    Layoffs
    Work increasingly shifted to contractors and temps (contingent workers)
    Moving toward conventional business culture at the cost of high tech startup-like environment
    Career opportunities stunted due to reductions in positions but good if you are already a mid- to high-level employee
    Odds of temp-to-hire are low for the same reason as above

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My ratings are adjusted upward to reflect today's working environment, as opposed to better times before the economic crash.
    No advice.
    Front line and mid-level management were excellent in my area.
    Negatives are based on decisions from executives and upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Exceptional employees however company culture has changed...

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

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

    Pros

    Highly-talented employees; strong pipeline of products; competitive salary; good benefits; many career opportunities if you are motivated and like to challenge yourself.

    Cons

    Too much personnel turnover due to constant layoffs; some areas of management appear withered; slow decision making process; long hours and somewhat declining moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See Cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Longmont, CO location

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amgen

    Pros

    Felt well taken care of here, they even built a nice cafeteria with healthy meal options and catered well towards vegetarians or anyone with food allergies. They gave all the employees free flu shots. It was a friendly and health-conscious atmosphere.

    Cons

    Job security was a bit of an issue during my time here. Everyone had to keep an open mind to watch the job boards in case they needed to start sending out resumes. It created a lot of tension and unease here.

  9.  

    Great Benefits Greater Stress

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    Current Employee - Process Owner
    Current Employee - Process Owner

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Nice gym and good cafeteria.

    Cons

    Priorities changing every day. No growth opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Used to be a great company to work for...

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

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

    Pros

    Good amount of time off. Work/life balancing is important. Compensation is fair. Company reputation is great.

    Cons

    Current CEO (Bob Bradway) thinks outsourcing as much as possible (from R&D to IT to manufacturing) to BRIC countries will make the shareholders happy, and inflate his own bank account...at the expense of patients and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember who made this company - the employees - and start treating us with respect again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Used to be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Time off: vacation time, end of year and summer shutdown

    Cons

    Management and overall direction of the company, minimal opportunities for career advancement unless you are close to someone who is senior management.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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