Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. I loved the company until they decided to change my dept

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, facilities, smart co-workers

    Cons

    Top heavy, lack of decision making, grew too fast, work life balance was once promoted but cannot anymore, people are not promoted based on merit, soft skills are more important than getting work done and fear of making decisions amongst ambiguity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Major overhaul is needed for management. Decision making needs to be rewarded (give rewards for taking risk even more than what is done now), too many silos, you are experiencing new turnover due to burnout

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Really "corporate" corporation

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Weston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Weston, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    You can work from hoe on Friday at summer time

    Cons

    Too corporate environment so feels really cold

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it more "family" style oriente

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    review

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    Current Employee - Mmanager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Mmanager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    training, location, summer hours, stock

    Cons

    work life balance is poor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Got Politics????

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    They have great benefits and OK pay for the most part. They have great activities for their employees and cool parties! But most important you get a PAYCHECK..Stock is Great too..

    Cons

    You will not be promoted unless you throw people under the bus daily. You are not judge on your ability to work but on how well or IF your supervisor and or manager likes you or not. They have cliques and only those in these will be protected if something happens. Some Managers have no clue about NOTHING that goes on during the day but are quick to discipline people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get REAL managers and stop just filling positions with your buddies. Stop acting like the company is the ONLY company that people can work at. Stand by the Core Values and stop just posting them everywhere in the building.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    Don't confuse a successful company with a good company

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    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Lead in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Lead in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are very good. Company has a 3 day work from home policy but that doesn't mean your specific department will allow even one or two days telecommuting. There are also company shuttle buses for people in the suburbs. Lots of success with marketed products. Commuter pass or parking in Kendall Sq is covered by the co and a nice perk.

    Cons

    Serious problems in the Clinical Operations department in last few years. Expect to work nights and weekends and don't complain about it; random layoffs occur each year and then those eliminated headcount are completely replaced. Most of us are completely buried in email each day.

    Policies/procedures and departments change faster than you can keep up with and promotions go to very few of the most favored. Its all about who you know and if you appear to be buying-in to middle and senior management chaos. Human resources reps care only about supporting Sr Management and may not be that trustworthy. Lots of fear to speak up or raise long-outstanding problems. Departments are constantly re-named and or re-organized so you never know who is doing what.

    Its never clear what you have to do to get promoted and its getting more difficult to take a class or attend a conference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely get rid of middle management. Scrutinize GCO issues and fix problems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Great benefits with no respect or room for growth

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent health care. Great maternity leave - 12 weeks 100% paid. Average time off. ESPP is open to all employees. 401 k contributions are great.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership and management. If you do not have a Ph.D there is no respect. You are treated as a technician in a manufacturing plant. There is no learning, no growth, you are pigeonholed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. 7 people found this helpful

    A Decent Place to Work, Like Most Places

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Average benefits for biotech, which is above average for most other industries. Mostly good people dedicated to making patients' lives better. Reasonably current on technology with good training opportunities.

    Cons

    There are a lot of contractors and short-term fix mentality must be challenged on a regular basis. Some administrative departments are very cliquey and can be difficult to support. Longer hours than should be are required for similar work done at similar companies. Not the greatest work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contractor vs.FTE mix is getting a little high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful

    Great company, poor management, no advancement or respect in IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weston, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company does great things. Company focuses on providing employees and contractors with a great work environment. Benefits for employees are above standard and the Executive Leadership since the new HR EVP arrived has been completely focused on modernizing the benefits and the company overall. This EVP has been a tremendous add to the corporate culture and really knows how to see things for what they really are.

    Cons

    Unfortunately EVP's are fooled by IT VP Executives who have no idea what they are doing and only take credit when things are going well. When times are bad executives blame everyone except themselves for the poor decisions they have made. Most of the management below the VP levels are very good at what they do and most are great leaders and smarter than those they work for. The have good people working here, a great company culture but bad department/division executives. No promotions unless you are part of the current "in" crowd and you need to stay current because tomorrow you could be out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. Exciting environment to work in, excellent people on the teams and a very collaborative culture. Change up the management and focus on bringing back a culture where people want to go to work not where they are afraid to go to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. ok place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    good to start out with to gain experience

    Cons

    Not enough advancement from management

  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Great pay and amenities... completely disorganized.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    They have a lot of free pepsi and coffee to offer. Free parties every Thursday.

    Cons

    However, the management is lost and unaware of how their staff are doing and do not act on what their employees report and when things go wrong the employees get the blame. This company is highly built on contractors, easy to replace easy to blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work more closely with employees and get their hands dirty and have more trust in their employees to do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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