Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
228 Reviews
3.8
228 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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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. 6 people found this helpful  

    A Decent Place to Work, Like Most Places

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than an 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weston, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than an 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
  3.  

    ok place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good to start out with to gain experience

    Cons

    Not enough advancement from management

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great pay and amenities... completely disorganized.

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (less than an 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to build skills, then move on

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, very goal-oriented; no one cares how long you go for breaks, as long as you get the job done. Biogen-Idec is exemplary at picking talent at the operator level, I have worked with some very passionate and knowledgeable people whose work ethic is inspiring, and who have influenced me to become a better operator. BIogen-Idec is also a good place to start a biotech manufacturing career, due to great networking opportunities and adherence to cGMP's, which is critical to understand if you want to become a great contributor.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Biogen-Idec is awful at picking talent in the management level; lower performers are constantly being promoted due to politicking and back-room dealings; most promotions announcements are met with shock and groans from the operators, even through there are very, very, very few exceptions. Management is very company-oriented and not employee-oriented; members of management are not judged by their superiors in knowledge and subordinate growth but simply bowing to their demands; and it seems that the supervisors most disliked by the operators are the ones getting promoted. Communication between night and day shifts is horrendous, with constant blame game playing and finger pointing when things go wrong.

    Bonuses are so-so, pay is probably slightly below average compared to other companies I have worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must recognize talent at the operator level and promote them accordingly; it is safe to say that the best on-floor performers have the best work ethic and possess the greatest amount of technical knowledge, which is critical in hiring effective managers and supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent company

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Biogen Idec offers competitive pay, advancement opportunities, good benefits for employees, and they generally hire good talent.

    Cons

    Sad to see bottom line seemingly more important than employees, research, or patients.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, hours, location and no stress.

    Cons

    Being a contractor, pay, and open space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more selective with whom they hire.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contract scientist

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Stimulating work, good employee atmosphere. Good monetary compensation.

    Cons

    Alienation of contractors from meetings and team building activities. For contractors: unpaid sick days, holidays and time off, as well as no health insurance, parking, shuttle, or retirement benefits. Have noticed that most employees and contractors are overworked and stretched out to their limits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include contractors more in meetings and leadership roles. Most contractors work as hard or harder than regular employees so some compensation is necessary.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Changing from Patient Services to a Call center environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good. There is free soda, fruit on certain days, and donuts and muffins on Friday.

    Cons

    Office politics, micro managing, and lateral moves within the same department. I titled my review with that title because we we have never been a call center, but there are changes that will be taking place to make us just that. New management brings about new changes, and not for the better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting like you know the jobs of your subordinates, just because you made it into management. 90% of the Team Leads and Supervisors have no clue on how to do things that they used to do because they are so disconnected. Wearing titles is what they are good at, and what they are good for. Knowing how to help and resolve and issue doesn't take motivational interviewing, it takes a skill set in which they are out of touch with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    poor people management skills by senior management level

    • 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

    bright people, patient-driven company, ethics and compliance highly valued

    Cons

    senior management level is not very skilled in managing people and such poor expertise within senior level leads to some mistaken and highly demotivating decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please, try to develop better people management skills as soon as possible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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