Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
218 Reviews
3.8
218 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent benefits, culture, work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance, although they are working on it (just released Flexible Work programs) (in 13 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.  

    Has 1 year experience with Bioge Idec client

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    Current Employee - Siebel Architect  in  Webster, NY
    Current Employee - Siebel Architect in Webster, NY

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Work-Life balance and a positive Environment

    Cons

    slight leadership improvement and personal growth

  2.  

    Biogen - Cambridge

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location is great
    Work can be rewarding
    Benefits are outstanding
    Hours are good
    Flexible work arragngements

    Cons

    Promotions same as every where who you know
    Silos exists like every where else, best to like who is in yours
    Weak performers don't deal with them
    Politics - same as else where
    Team Spirit - some groups better than others

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome place to work for

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice people, helpful people, good friendly environment, good pay, good paid holidays. The health plan is very good. Not a bad place to be in at all.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be hostility among people based on who you are dealing with. Most of them are good though. Senior management sometimes is kind of out of touch with what you are doing. Company is full of people with Indian and Chinese origin and that can cause "clicks" to form.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify the company a lot more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Professional and established corporation

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Biogen Idec as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great structured company with many different teams and departments. Treats their employees well with stock options, benefits, company parties as well as many other perks. Strong oncology department with hard working people and good leadership.

    Cons

    Like many places, politics play a role in the type of projects that are available. Budgeting is determined by the higher ups and may not have the full input of the teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    They won't let me in.

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment. Some departments make good use of people's strengths. I felt more involved, needed, respected, and valued while contracting at Biogen then I ever did any place else I've worked in 30+ years.

    Cons

    As a contractor I was left out of all the good things. The stock price went from $150/share to $292/share while I was there. Since I was a contractor...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't throw people out blindly.

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Biogen Idec

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. Recent stock increase is major benefit to those that have been there for a while. Decent pay. Overall really talented group of people working there.

    Huge benefit if you are a scientist as this is one of the top Biotechs in the industry.

    Overall the drugs the company makes have a huge benefit to the patients that take them. That is the best motivator is that the company's product has a positive impact in the lives of many people with MS and other debilitating diseases.

    Cons

    IT went through massive layoffs and then we were all expected to do the same jobs, fill in all of the gaps and get paid the same. Overall not a very effective approach, except to the bottom line, which is what the overall focus is and will continue to be.
    Also if you are not best buddies with upper management your chance for promotion is extremely limited in your area. Promotion, at least in IT, was rarely merit based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If management really wants to move from a "Command and Control" mentality to having committed, dedicated employees, then make positions and promotions merit based and not based on past relationships at former companies.
    The obvious focus is the bottom line and stock holders of upper management. Call a spade a spade and just say that...almost every other company in the world does.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice company ! Very employee friendly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Very employee friendly
    nice team and people
    flexible

    Cons

    no cons as of now , but traveling to downtown is tough !

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A very educational learning experience. I loved working here & would gladly go back agai
    Great training provided; my manager was fantastic & taught me so much about the industry. Very efficient company specific software that aids tremendously in being successful at the job.

    Cons

    Team spirit at the company wasn't that great. I also felt there was a good group of unfriendly people, primarily upper management, who could be a bit drab on the office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think you need to get more pleasantries out of those people who can't even offer a smile or reciprocate that "good morning" or "hello" when said to them.

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  10.  

    Worker at Biogen

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Good Pay, good work life balance. Company has great incentives offered to employees at all levels

    Cons

    Nothing too bad, can be difficult to advance but just work harder

  11.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good bonus, open space

    Cons

    None so far, no complaints so far

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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