Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Global biotechnology
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  • UK locations:
    East of England, London

About Amgen

Developing medicines to fight diseases including osteoporosis and cancer, Amgen also works hard to create a healthy working atmosphere for its staff. It seems to do the job, with employees excited about the future, giving a 74% positive score in our survey.

The company's UK staff are based in Cambridge and Uxbridge, and they believe the organisation makes a positive difference to the world (an 81% positive score ranking Amgen 13th). They care about providing a great service (95%) and say the firm is run on strong principles (79%).

Employees are happy with their pay and benefits package, earning Amgen a 74% score, ranking it fourth in our list. A clinical research study manager earns an average of £47,160. More than half of the workforce has a salary above £45,000, and everyone is eligible for performance and profit-related pay. People at Amgen feel fairly paid for the work they do compared with those in similar organisations (66%).

Maternity leave includes 28 weeks on full pay, and new dads can take three paid weeks off. Other perks include a share option scheme, free private healthcare for employees and their families, dental insurance and life assurance. The company also offers both a non-contributory and a contributory pension scheme.

Amgen's "pay for performance" culture means managers have the autonomy to reward hard work. Staff say their managers express their appreciation when they do a good job (73%).

While employees are well rewarded for their efforts, they tell us that profit and budgetary concerns are not the only things driving the business (65%). Every year, they can take a day off work to help out a good cause. Staff have got their hands dirty clearing and replanting a patients' garden at a local hospital, and working on a conservation area at a primary school.

Amgen's support of worthy causes isn't driven by a desire for good publicity (61%), and the company does its bit to protect the environment (68%). About 70% of waste is recycled and the company also monitors its use of energy.

While employees don't feel their new ideas are always valued (a 64% result ranks the company 99th), they say that managers talk openly and honestly to them (79%) and share important information (74%). They also care about job satisfaction (71%) and are good role models (69%).

Amgen's management development programme is made up of five key skills workshops which focus on developing and leading a team. Forums which span the UK organisation enable managers to share their experiences and learn from each other, and staff are confident in their leadership skills (74%).

What is it like to work for Amgen

My Manager
My Manager
Managers participate in an International Management Development Programme which encompasses 5 key skills workshops: Build the Team; Develop the Team; Lead the Team; Lead the Business; Navigating the Matrix. Amgen provide a dedicated area of their intranet as a Manager 'Toolkit' providing resources on career development of staff, recognition and reward and recruitment tools.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Annually, Amgen supports one national charity plus one charity local to each site. The nominated charities are reviewed annually. There is a Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and employees are invited to submit their nominations for charitable support to the CSR Committee. Issues associated with Amgen's impact on the environment are managed through the Facilities Operations team. The team regularly reviews Amgen’s environmental programme and looks for new ways to improve their efforts and reduce their impact on the environment. Ideas are discussed at the Staff Consultation Forum. Amgen currently have a recycling programme and have switched many of their stationery products over to recycled alternatives. Amgen monitor the levels of waste that they produce, looking at recyclables versus waste going to landfill. Amgen also monitor their power usage so they can review the impact of any energy initiatives. The travel policy has targets set to reduce things like single car occupancy and Amgen run travel surveys to understand how their staff travel to work.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Amgen adopts a 'pay for performance culture' and as such their reward schemes are built and administered to give managers the flexibility to reward performance appropriately. Their Reward programmes are closely linked to their performance management cycle and benefits such as merit, LTI, bonus are based on individual and company performance. All staff members participate in a stock-based long term incentive programme. Stock is issued annually to each employee based on performance. Amgen’s bonus programme is strongly linked to performance against goals and targets. Merit increases are again recommended to be higher for those with exceptional performance. Through the 'Bravo!' Global Recognition programme, staff members can recognise the accomplishments of other staff in a timely and personal way. Rewards are redeemed via gift vouchers from a list of nominated merchants. There are multiple levels of award in order to provide recognition appropriate for the level of contribution.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Shares

    Companies where employees are offered share options

  • Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary or non-contributory pension scheme

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Full family cover

Company Statistics

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  • Male : Female:

    33% / 67%

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