Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    don't be swayed by the money alone

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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 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility is given to employees, primarily because the company is so lean. So it is a great place to work if you are one of those "live to work' people. The pay is also above average, and string 3-4 years together like I have and you can save some serious cash (of course, a chunk of that comes from stock price increases, which almost certainly won't keep at most recent pace)

    Cons

    Can a company be too collaborative? This one is: lots of time is spent in large, all-day meetings trying to gain consensus; which is nearly impossible and a waste of precious time. This leaves nearly everyone gasping for air, and doing their day jobs late at night, early in the a.m. while th kids are still sleeping, and on weekends. Also, the range of expectations, based on what group you are in, is unbelieveable. Some groups are responsible for following everything. Other groups seem to have few expectations to meet. I feel bad for the commercial people in the US. They have no lives. Finally, the hours here can be extreme.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee retention rates will almost certainly jump soon...lots of folks are absolutely burnt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was good until I was given a manager who could care less about his team.

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant II  in  Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant II in Wellesley, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Great benefits, fair salary, pleasant environment

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't care enough about the people who work for them. If you have a problem, you're on your own. Was lied to by direct manager more than once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start being more in tune with what is going one with the people who support you. Keep an open door policy and be honest with your team.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work. great work life balance, a culture that values and respects employees but this is changing...

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    Current Employee - Assoc. Director, Regulatory Affairs  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Assoc. Director, Regulatory Affairs in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Great people especially those that have been in the company for a bit of time. Not so sure about the new ones especially the new top management.
    Has been a very transparent organization (this is changing under new management)
    Fabulous benefits

    Cons

    Has transformed into a highly bureaucratic organization. New management at the top is encouraging this and is rapidly turning the company into a highly silo'ed and bureaucratic organization where titles and political astuteness are more important and better recognized than intellectual contributions. Company is becoming more of a political warfare zone rather than a place to work. Something needs to be done now.
    New linear organizational structure limits potential for career growth. People in critical/responsible roles have limited to no experience in the job. Others who do the work thus suffer.
    No leadership from middle management. They are just stuck up on titles.
    Consider your options carefully before accepting an offer from the Regulatory Affairs CMC group. Reg CMC management lack fundamental technical knowledge and thus even simple decision making takes for ever and many departmental policies/decisions seem to lack clear rationale.
    Company relying heavily on prior management decisions that are only now beginning to finally bring results. No evidence of leadership from new management who seem not very focussed on securing the future but for short term decisions to boost stock price.
    The value addition to the organization in firing hundreds of employees, cutting core therapeutic areas and new culture of "NEXT" remain questionable. Narrow pipeline or products are disease focussed rather than therapeutic area focussed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees to make decisions based on their capabilities and knowledge but not based on their title.
    Focus more on developing our internal R&D organization and promote research.
    Bring in more therapeutic areas and build internal expertise. Current "disease focussed" approach is fast becoming a very competitive and crowded space.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Watch out - management Really doesn't know what it's doing and just wants to cover up while cashing in themselves

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Very limited - good compensation with zero confidence in future plans

    Cons

    Too many To list here - know what you're getting into

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack everyone at the VP and senior / director level that doesn't know how to make a decision or just can't - clear out the deadwood before the forest fire consumes the companies future

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall a decent company, but management leaves much to be desired.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Good benefits, most of the employees are nice and welcome new staff and are helpful, great starting work experience for biotech on resume.

    Cons

    Most managers are too caught up in their own world and they do not reward their staff for what they accomplish. Lower salary structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your staff and offer bonuses and better raises as they are the ones that make the company what it is today

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK company to work for as long as you are ready to handle unexpected situations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    The company offers great salary and overall benefits including 200% match to 401K, Tution reimbursement and stock options with long term incentives. So you will feel financially good as long as you are employed by the company.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, No definite direction, every new executive wants to drive the company their own way without thinking about its employees and how it was done in past. Top executives seem to beleive strongly in the philosphy that their way is always the correct way. Sad to see the employees being laid off, who have spent over 10-15 years at the company specially during this hard economic times. Financial profits are given more value than core human values. I definitely regret my decision now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making big decisions by flipping coins in closed board rooms and trying to drive things your own way in a blind directionless fashion. Profit is not everything in life, Employees are human beings and not robots, which you are allowed to turn on and off with a blink of eye.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Intense culture, results-oriented, but too many employees are underhanded

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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

    Pros

    - Good reputation
    - Work with smart people
    - Pay and benefits are good
    - Some areas of the company are VERY productive and "best in class"

    Cons

    - Bully managers are tolerated and sometime encouraged by upper management and HR, despite complaints and notorious, chronic issues with the same people
    - Turnover is high under the same managers and the company does nothing to get rid of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enlist a third-party to collect truly anonymous feedback about managers and take action on some of the problems. You have several latent HR time bombs that WILL cause an issue just in time for a big-pharma buyout.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Biogen Idec Culture.

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    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Cutting edge science. Generally high caliber colleagues.

    Cons

    Very unstable working environment. High turnover. Not enough focus and support for R&D. The chaos has a very severe affect on R&D productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to how your employees perceive and feel about your decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great pipeline
    Great benefits
    No more pros

    Cons

    Work-life balance doesn't exist in this company.
    Hard work,no fun.
    Looks great from outside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Satisfaction depends on the supervisor personality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Zug (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zug (Switzerland)

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great products for MS patients, some nice people too. Great benefits, not so great salary.

    Cons

    Not the 'culture' that is touted by management. Several people who work there are back-stabbers and mobbers who pull the seniority card if they are called out on it. It's not professional.
    Job requirements didn't match job description. After 3 years, 4 management changes and reduction of my department by half, I was doing the job the senior level associate was doing when I was hired with no raise or title promotion to recognize it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. All of them, not just the ones with seniority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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