Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
222 Reviews
3.8
222 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-Life balance and a positive Environment (in 23 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance, although they are working on it (just released Flexible Work programs) (in 14 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.  

    Strong Company

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good infrastructure and experienced professionals

    Cons

    If you work off-site or not at headquarter location, experience may be different

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Worker at Biogen

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Good Pay, good work life balance. Company has great incentives offered to employees at all levels

    Cons

    Nothing too bad, can be difficult to advance but just work harder

  3.  

    The company everyone wants to work for.

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Developing new treatments for debilitating diseases. Emphasis on work/life balance. Excellent pay and benefits for employees. Contractors are treated well.

    Cons

    People are stretched very thin. Until the end of 2013 I wouldn't have had anything really negative to say, then Contractors (of which I was one) were blindly let go at the end of the year with no plans for how the work was going to get done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great company if you work for one of the few good managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, work/life balance initiatives, internal movement to higher positions or new areas, bonus, great co-workers, ability to work at other sites - including International transfers to learn and grow at the company.

    Cons

    There are some bad managers and there is a lack from HR or upper management to address concerns brought up seriously and without retaliation from the manager, the stock program changed where there was no longer a real long term incentive to stay with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those bring issues to HR and Sr. Managers about mistreatment, discrimination and bullying. It takes a lot for some people to take those steps and to tell them to address it directly with the manager, who is mistreating direct reports, do not allow for any change or to address the situation. Moving a bad manager to a new department is also not the solution either.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great working experience, but some of the management was overwhelming and unhelpful.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, work-life balance, can work from home, quick, collaborative work environment etc.

    Cons

    Older demographic; tough for young employees to have good non-work related conversation with colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more college grads

  7.  

    this is a very good 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 full-time

    Pros

    good working environment, good pay.

    Cons

    busy, try to balance life and work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Associate Scientist II  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist II in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, great people to work with, on-site cafeteria, cambridge location, company happy hour!

    Cons

    Big-pharma kind of atmosphere can put limits on your role and scope for growth. Hiring can be very convoluted, some upper level management might be a little out of touch with the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave some flexibility in roles so that employees can pursue their own growth.

  9.  

    great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    good compensation and great benefits

    Cons

    slow transition for contractors to become full time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not stresfull work as in intern. Normal working hours with not that hard projects to finish.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy working environment, since not that much stress.

    Cons

    With a bachelor's degree I don't think one can advance much.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Generous company that is growing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are great.

    Cons

    It takes some time to get promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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