Biogen Idec
3.9 of 5 213 reviews
www.biogenidec.com Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.9 213 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos

George A. Scangos

(120 ratings)

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    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    Pros- pay
    - pipeline
    - some of the best products in the market

    Cons- management
    - work-life-balance
    - job security (constant fear of losing job if you do not do what management says)
    - retaliation

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a long look at your 'middle' management. Many of them are great at managing up but not at actually managing people. Most do not have any past management experience before taking the job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great perks, still political backstabbing

    Delivery Lead (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsFree coffee, free Pepsi products, slowly becoming a telecommuting company.

    ConsHighly political. Backstabbing. Do not work together on issues.

    Advice to Senior Managementget rid of so many of the managers and get more trench workers. Management needs to listen more and take more action.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat pipeline, nice stock options including RSUs and purchase plan, CEO has grasp on future of the company and is a genuinely nice person

    Consnegative culture, inexperienced managers, VP of sales is from primary care and has convinced upper management that a1990s primary care like pod environment is a great idea for a biotech company

    Advice to Senior ManagementBiotech should be high tech with highly competent sales people and managers, hire managers with experience

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Look beyond the pretty facade

    Individual Contributor (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsThe company has had a ton of success over the past 2 years. It a very exciting place to work and the salary, stock, benefits are great.

    There is a new focus on science and the company is throwing resources at R&D.

    If you're in the right group, you will see a lot of flexibility in work arrangements (WFH, telecommuting, etc)

    ConsManagement is, for the most part, awful. There is constant infighting, finger pointing, and political jockeying. Also, the bureaucracy is both crushing and worthless. A good 30% of the staff are here only because they are too vested in the stock plan (golden handcuffs).

    If you are applying, have a long timeframe. HR is slow and borderline useless. Expect rude comments, arrogance, and lack of communication and follow-through. In my experience, I have seen 3-6 months from first interview to offer. You will also get low balled in salary and title.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook past your inner circle. The duct tape and bandaids are starting to come apart.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Looks great from outside the company...

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsGreat salaries, benefits, some wonderfully smart, dedicated people work at Biogen Idec.

    ConsThe company has become very political, recent hires are interested only in lots of money and promotions. Some of the worst managers I have ever seen work at Biogen Idec. No sense of teamwork anymore.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo out and get to know the people who are "in the trenches". Realize that some people who are talented individual contributors need to remain individual contributors because they lack the social skills to lead. Please thoroughly vet the people you are considering making leaders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Biogen

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCurrent on technology. They have a weekly "Happy Hour" for employees in Weston and Cambridge.
    Tons of on the job (online) training, very flexibke when it comes to employees work schedule. A lot of mobile and telecommuting is an option

    ConsThey can be cut throat when they let you go. 40% of staff are contractors. (Could be due to their move from Weston to Camb) Contract to perm is difficult and rare. Most contractors are used for a year (maybe more) by company then let go w/o rehire.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at hiring your existing contract employees. They work harder (and complain less) than the permanent employees. Also instead of laying off an employee, cut back on some of the travel (esp international) and nix the weekly Happy Hours. There are other ways to recognice all the hard work your employees do. That way you can have an end of the year Holiday party where all the (perm) staff can attend (vs a selected amount of perm staff)

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    long time lab head, saw many changes over the years

    Principal Investigator (Former Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsCore sciences (immunology, protein biochemistry) were, at one time, world class. The Neuro group, while weak in Discovery research, can execute on clinical development like no one else in the MS field. Company has had more positive impact on MS patients lives than all others combined.

    ConsVicious, relentless political infighting. Every department, every level, every day, played out against a vapid and hypocritical message of transparency and openness. Just vile.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on neurology, dump immunology (its hopeless), remove middle management across the company, fire 2/3rds of the VPs, and read your own vision and core values statements

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You can do better.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHigh salary, great boss, solid company

    ConsHigh turnover - people would leave every week
    Poor management - my boss was great, but most aren't and your life will be miserable here if you don't have a good boss
    You may (or may not) have a good salary, but you will work in a hostile environment (people go crazy with high turnover0

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo 360 reviews on people before they are promoted. Try to retain good people better. Jobs are hard to come by and it says something when people frequently quit a high-paying job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Current management is not good

    Associate Director (Former Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsSome outstanding people there positioned the company where it is today. Current earnings and drugs coming to market were the result of great foresight from those individuals.

    ConsCurrent management is taking credit for their predecessors but underperforming now. Mismanagement and a reversion to failed practices from the past don't bode well for the long run. They speak a good game but practice taking the money and I bet they will run before the floor drops.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReverse course now. Stop your cronyism and keep good people that put Biogen where it is today

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrific Senior Departmental Leadership Results in Fear of Retaliation

    Operations Manager (Former Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsThe company strives to provide excellent patient therapies and has made great corporate strides over the past few years.

    ConsSome departments function on an environment of fear where senior departmental leaders are not held to the same standards as lower level employees, creating a toxic environment. Significantly constrained resources lead to unrealistic expectations and inability to meet established goals. Over the span of several years, it was my observation that HR does not support the employee and is swayed by political/managerial bias.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI strongly advise senior management to dive deep into "troubled departments" with high turnover rates and speak with employees (and

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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