Biogen Idec

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Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
234 Reviews
3.8
234 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 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 25 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Good luck.

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Settle down, Knuckleheads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    expand the portfolio

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good company, bad Clin Ops org

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and options to (usually) work from home

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good company, Great People, but could be better

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Good hard working people, train pass, RSUs, pay.... I wish the teams that I worked with and BIIB as a whole the best of luck in the future.

    Cons

    Although BIIB is a good company, the politics and lack of personal responsibility of managment is frankly insane. There is an incessant need to make your manager feel great about themselves which stiffles inovation. There is little focus on what you actually accomplish. After a managment change it was apparent to me they had promoted a great individual contributor to a management role and it was not good for anybody. To give a view on the insanity, my new boss flew from MA to our site to "support" us for the transition where we were required to show up the next day to work to get the critical news on the move forward. The boss expected all of us to stay out until 6AM drinking. This ended up being a vacation and drinkng visit, and not at all about the transition. We never discussed the transition with our new boss. Needless to say the majority of us couldn't make it to the most critical meeting of our working lives and frankly it was embarassing that our group didn't show up to get the information. This was not the only time that we were expected to drink until we passed out when she was in town. I am not a square, but would have like to use our time with the boss for something other than huge drink-a-thons our touring her around the country for her vacation at least once in a while. When I finally said I can stay out but need to get back by 1AM since I have a family and need to work the next mornings, I was immediately thrown out of the inner circle. It was the same picture for the team in MA. They were expected to go on vacations and drinking with the boss and if they ever said no, then they were also thrown outside the inner circle. At the end the only people getting promotions were the single team members. Having said all that, I do not begrudge the single team members who recognized that this was the only way to get promoted and there are always bad managers but the experience at BIIB overall was good. Now that I am not in the situation at BIIB it is clear to me that there were a lot of good people BIIB, along with some poor promoting practices that allowed peple that should never manage people to direct their careers. In the last two years since leaving BIIB, I have been promoted 3 times and work for a great company now, however still feel loyalty to BIIB, but do acknowledge there is room for them to mature the managment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall I enjoyed upper management and the worker level. It is the Director level that could be improved. I believe it is admirable to promote from within and I hope BIIB continues to do this in the future, but please make sure these people can actually direct people. Otherwise after promotion they as so afraid that someone will realize they can't manage that they become paranoid and only put forth the people that will flatter them. This is not a good recipe for success in BIIB's future. Also, challenge the need for MA employees to travel to Europe. Honestly, I saw zero actual work being done and lots of vacationing while the MA employees were in Europe. You have lync now and should really challenge all travel to Europe, or at least expect some actual results from the travel. The Directors coming over is really a loss of productive work time for the employees and ultimately puts more late nights and weekend work on their backs to make up for their Director getting a free vacation on the company dime.

    Also, on the structural level, I never understood having around 200 VPs and Sr. VPs at BIIB. My current company with more people has only 8 VPs and Sr. VPs. Seems like there could be a little streamlining done to reduce cost and unneeded extra levels at the top. From the CEO perspective, how is he going to practically communicate to about 200 VPs? And, how are they expected to communicate to him. It would seem like eliminating the VP level entirely or reducing to 4 VPs per actual VP (8) would empower Directors and facilitate meaningful communication.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, reasonable pay, stock plans

    Cons

    Almost no turnover - lots of complacent employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    You can be loyal to the company, but the company will never be loyal to you....

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Intelligent, creative and friendly people.
    -Good benefits, decent salary, and BEER HOUR!
    -Nice cafeteria, nice gym, nice campus.
    -Stock is higher than it has ever been.
    -Promising pipeline.

    Cons

    -Very political. It's all about who you know no matter how hard you work. Promotions and fun projects are given to the popular kids, just like in high school.
    -Low morale due to the various layoffs. They do small department layoffs and they are secretive about it.
    -Many managers aren't managing anything or anybody. There are some dead bodies that could easily be replaced with ambitious and excited new employees.
    -Positions are created out of nowhere to please certain individuals looking for a higher title/pay.
    -Lots of office gossip.
    -Work/Life Balance? Yeah right! Expect to work nights and weekends whether you are in the labs or in an office job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Note to Upper Management: learn to make up your mind and make decisions in a timely manner. Don't pretend you are transparent when you are not. Stop talking about improving processes, just pick a new path and go with it, learn to mitigate risk. Communication to your employees needs to be more frequent and deliver stronger "gettothepoint!" messages.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former employee

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Good culture, beer hour is nice, gym, nice location.

    Cons

    Management is too young and inexperienced. Work is based on who you know-like a giant high school. Pros listed above have nothing to do with work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start looking at the process and stop just blaming PEOPLE. Changes have been made but the same problems and issues are there-they have not gone away. Hmmm wonder why? Get rid of everyone manager on up and bring in adults from the outside.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Loved everything about Biogen except BLINDERS!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patient Advocate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Patient Advocate in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved being a speaker/advocate for Biogen Idec, they always put me up in beautiful hotels when I traveled, paid well, extremely friendly and hospitable in most ways!

    Cons

    Once I threw out some suggestions to enhance the products they pushed
    I was PUSHED OUT the door!! It was heart wrenching the closed minds there.,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the advocates when suggestions to enhance shots for MS patients. At least give it the time of day.,

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

    I worked full time at Biogen Idec for over ten years

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits and compensation are solid. Beer/Social hours are nice perk

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs have left current employees with low morale. Management tends to keep layoffs throughout isolated departments very quiet, yet people talk and are aware that the chopping block is constantly there. Lots of corporate politics, you need to be in with the right crowd to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with changes to the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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