Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Decent company

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

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Being a contractor, pay, and open space.

    Advice to Management

    Be more selective with whom they hire.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Contract scientist

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

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (6)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (3)

    Dynamic company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Culture keeps you happy.
    Great coworkers.
    Great benefits.
    Lots of opportunities to establish yourself.
    Excellent work/life balance.
    Great social hour.
    Flexible attitude.

    Cons

    Too much beaurocracy.
    May be hard to advance in some departments.
    Previous management should get most of the credit for current success of drugs.
    Buildings are pretty but was it necessary since we are keeping Weston?
    Upper management has lost touch with the common employees even though you are now located in Cambridge.
    Too many large and single layoffs, leaves us feeling insecure.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.

  9. Helpful (5)

    Great in the early 2000s, but management no longer believes in research.

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great resources, lots of money to spend, freedom to run exploratory side projects.

    Cons

    Random layoffs, sudden project concellations, constant reorganization, high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Settle down, Knuckleheads.

  10. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    highly Scientific company to work for

    Cons

    therapeutic area to work is niche should expand portfolio

    Advice to Management

    expand the portfolio

  11. Helpful (4)

    Good company, bad Clin Ops org

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and options to (usually) work from home

    Cons

    Deadend career, lots of fear in the organization and immediate punishment for speaking up.

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