Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
228 Reviews
3.8
228 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
George A. Scangos
132 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Has really good benefits, promotes work/life balance, recognizes good performers (in 24 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of Leader communication, work-life balance non existent, un-realistic expectations (in 15 reviews)

  • Upper management has lost touch with the common employees even though you are now located in Cambridge (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great products, awful to employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Money is great, Benefits are excellent ans so is pension but...

    Cons

    No life and work balance. Management is narrow-minded with unrealistic demand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    used to be one of the great ones

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Associate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are outstanding and the work from home option is fantastic

    Cons

    I agree with the cronyism-it needs to stop. As does the cesspool of cronyism and bullying in Quality and Manufacturing. You can royally screw up but as long as you booze with the right people it gets swept under the rug.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Employees are GREAT .... Management is awful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    When working with the employees the are great, they share information they really appreciate the information you impart to them.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what-so-ever as to what is going on.
    They complain about things they are actually the root cause of.
    When you have a discussioin about a timeline which has a bearing on the conversation, they have no idea of what has happened when.
    They ask you a question, you answer it and then they accuse you of being defensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking you are automatically smarter than your employees just because you are paid more than them. That's Sr. Management's fault, not the employee's. Sr. Management needs to start emparting information to the employees (not just management) if you want people to pull in the same direction.

    The company does great work for sick people, then need to start acting like a good company, not just say they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    I wish I never joined Biogen

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Never had a support of my manager. Too much stress at work will forec me to quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why should I advice the upper management? I don't believe upper management really cares of simple scientists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Would not recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Impressive product pipeline, company prospering financially, many (but not all) friendly and helpful coworkers, fun social activities, great compensation and great core values.

    Cons

    Understaffed departments resulting in workers being overloaded and work/life imbalances, people unqualified to lead are promoted to management, managers are self-serving, do not communicate openly or transparently, the work environment is too political with cronyism and cliquish team members who shut out those who don't "fit in" regardless of how well they do their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting inexperienced people to managers and department heads. Just because someone has been with the company for X number of years and plies their particular trade well (ex. sales, accounting, law, etc.), does not mean they will make a good manager. Establish a methodology (via an external third-party) to collect truly anonymous feedback about managers and take action on the problems. You will continue to be a revolving door and lose good talent otherwise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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