Biogen Idec

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Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
235 Reviews
3.9
235 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still inventing itself; especially middle management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Operations in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Operations in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with

    Cons

    VP and Director level management not strong or experienced enough to implement senior management vision; many promotions based on length of employment at company rather than experience; too many reorgs; too political; little to no career development;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Boys club mentality is not a great model for growth and employee satisfaction - have the courage to address management issues quickly so that people can focus on work rather than politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting experience at Biogen Idec, Cambridge

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Helpful, knowledgeable colleagues
    Interesting research
    Good learning experience

    Cons

    Too many changes and layoffs
    Hierarchy

    Recommends
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great pay and benefits....Way too political

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits package is very good
    The working environment is professional

    Cons

    Too much politics
    No transparency
    Lots of unhappy employees (golden-handcuffed)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to truly value your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very Educational!

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

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

    Pros

    Very solid company with great science and great scientists

    Cons

    Unpredictable new management without clear vision for research

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good company, but management is not very engaged with employees. Runs very lean and works people very hard

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Highly intelligent people to worth with. Great and outstanding benefits

    Cons

    No work life balance. Very cost conscious, and always have to do more with a lot less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your priorities right, rather than trying to do everything and burning out your employees. If wasn't for the great pay people would be leaving in throes. Value your people and their work and family life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company if you are in the right department

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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    great compensation, bonus, benefits, vacation and medical coverage. stock price continues to go up and pipeline is strong.

    Cons

    the total compensation package is so good that you might stay even if you don't want to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    More positive experience in the early years (1-9).

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Smart people. Good compensation. Great products. Reputable company.

    Cons

    On the sales side, things are moving in the wrong direction. Lost the value in having people around that have a historical reference. New regime, new people; not necessarily what is needed. The existence of cliques.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not become big pharma.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not a bad place to work, but with a European mantality

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Production in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Production in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Good food in Cafe, great hot dogs.

    Cons

    Stock option grants stink, but ok I guess for a small company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More soda machines

    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Biogen is near the top, but is it heading up or down?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, salary competetive. The level of science is top notch. Very experienced dealing with regulatory agencies, with generally a positive relationship. Sales staff are well-informed on the products and very effective. Very high energy level in the R&D space.

    Cons

    Lack of a mission is leading to focus on bottom line quarter to quarter. too many shifts in therapeutic area focus and strategy. Too many management starts and stops engenders the belief that there is no long-term plan. The benefits to the patients are not the primary driver any longer. Departments are not well connected and work as isolated pockets, leading to a me-first attitude on a dept. level. High risk-acceptance toward quality systems could lead to real problems with regulators. No critical management roles filled internally, so no continuity of culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop and communicate a true mission and culture. Be willing to invest in people, systems and tools that will streamline processes and improve productivity. Value past successes to make them reproducible: Don't reinvent the whole process for each product.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Product, Benefits!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    great products that help patients

    Cons

    many cliques exist, make sure you are in the right one

    No opinion of CEO

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