Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Pros
  • There is a great work/life balance at this company and many activities to take part in that are sponsored by Biogen Idec outside of work (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits and work environment (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Not the greatest work-life balance (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. Helpful (1)

    My stay at Biogen

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Growth company. Good benefits package. Good place to establish processes and procedure. Overall it is a decent place to be

    Cons

    Lack of mgmt abilities to take a clear direction on issues No proper guidance. Lack of good clinical development knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Please improve mgmt abilities to take a clear direction on issues Give proper guidance and increase good clinical development knowledge


  2. Helpful (3)

    High Rewards, High Price

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great benefits; stable company; good opportunity if you're based near Cambridge; not in RTP or San Diego

    Cons

    Very cut-throat and non-supportive culture; young marketing teams with high turnover; Sales teams are full of good people, but some grandfathered in from elsewhere with lots of baggage and sense of entitlements.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the talent pool outside of Cambridge; full of pedigree Harvard Business grads


  3. Good Place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Biogen Idec is a pretty laid back company. There is a lot of freedom, and the employees are nice and willing to help each other.

    Cons

    Not too many downsides that I experienced. Only problem is that the company hasn't been doing too well is the recent past.

    Advice to Management

    I experienced great leadership at Biogen Idec. Lots of patience and help available. Strong guidance. I enjoyed my time at Biogen Idec


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work but it used to be much better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, fair salary, friendly atmosphere, very skilled people working withn this company.

    Cons

    Overall a good place to work but I would agree with the earlier comments about the work/ life balance. If you expect to excel you will be working in excess of 45-50 hours per week with limited time for vacation. Especially true in the engineering groups. The situation is so bad that employees were told by the director to refrain from vacation during a 4 month long shutdown. Other cons are minimal but there has been a shift in morale over the past couple of years due to certain key management individuals and promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Anonymous feedback system or surveys for upper management would be helpful.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Pretty Good Place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good teamwork, great benefits and important products

    Cons

    Hard to get advanced to higher levels - glass ceiling due to size and levels within the company

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great Product, Benefits!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great products that help patients

    Cons

    many cliques exist, make sure you are in the right one


  8. Helpful (4)

    Biogen is near the top, but is it heading up or down?

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, salary competetive. The level of science is top notch. Very experienced dealing with regulatory agencies, with generally a positive relationship. Sales staff are well-informed on the products and very effective. Very high energy level in the R&D space.

    Cons

    Lack of a mission is leading to focus on bottom line quarter to quarter. too many shifts in therapeutic area focus and strategy. Too many management starts and stops engenders the belief that there is no long-term plan. The benefits to the patients are not the primary driver any longer. Departments are not well connected and work as isolated pockets, leading to a me-first attitude on a dept. level. High risk-acceptance toward quality systems could lead to real problems with regulators. No critical management roles filled internally, so no continuity of culture.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and communicate a true mission and culture. Be willing to invest in people, systems and tools that will streamline processes and improve productivity. Value past successes to make them reproducible: Don't reinvent the whole process for each product.


  9. Not a bad place to work, but with a European mantality

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Production in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Production in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good food in Cafe, great hot dogs.

    Cons

    Stock option grants stink, but ok I guess for a small company

    Advice to Management

    More soda machines


  10. More positive experience in the early years (1-9).

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Good compensation. Great products. Reputable company.

    Cons

    On the sales side, things are moving in the wrong direction. Lost the value in having people around that have a historical reference. New regime, new people; not necessarily what is needed. The existence of cliques.

    Advice to Management

    Do not become big pharma.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Great company if you are in the right department

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great compensation, bonus, benefits, vacation and medical coverage. stock price continues to go up and pipeline is strong.

    Cons

    the total compensation package is so good that you might stay even if you don't want to.



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