Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Has 1 year experience with Bioge Idec client

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Siebel Architect in Webster, NY
    Current Employee - Siebel Architect in Webster, NY

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Work-Life balance and a positive Environment

    Cons

    slight leadership improvement and personal growth


  2. Biogen - Cambridge

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Location is great
    Work can be rewarding
    Benefits are outstanding
    Hours are good
    Flexible work arragngements

    Cons

    Promotions same as every where who you know
    Silos exists like every where else, best to like who is in yours
    Weak performers don't deal with them
    Politics - same as else where
    Team Spirit - some groups better than others


  3. Helpful (3)

    Awesome place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Nice people, helpful people, good friendly environment, good pay, good paid holidays. The health plan is very good. Not a bad place to be in at all.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be hostility among people based on who you are dealing with. Most of them are good though. Senior management sometimes is kind of out of touch with what you are doing. Company is full of people with Indian and Chinese origin and that can cause "clicks" to form.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify the company a lot more.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Professional and established corporation

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Biogen Idec as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great structured company with many different teams and departments. Treats their employees well with stock options, benefits, company parties as well as many other perks. Strong oncology department with hard working people and good leadership.

    Cons

    Like many places, politics play a role in the type of projects that are available. Budgeting is determined by the higher ups and may not have the full input of the teams.


  6. Helpful (2)

    They won't let me in.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Contractor - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Some departments make good use of people's strengths. I felt more involved, needed, respected, and valued while contracting at Biogen then I ever did any place else I've worked in 30+ years.

    Cons

    As a contractor I was left out of all the good things. The stock price went from $150/share to $292/share while I was there. Since I was a contractor...

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw people out blindly.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Biogen Idec

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Recent stock increase is major benefit to those that have been there for a while. Decent pay. Overall really talented group of people working there.

    Huge benefit if you are a scientist as this is one of the top Biotechs in the industry.

    Overall the drugs the company makes have a huge benefit to the patients that take them. That is the best motivator is that the company's product has a positive impact in the lives of many people with MS and other debilitating diseases.

    Cons

    IT went through massive layoffs and then we were all expected to do the same jobs, fill in all of the gaps and get paid the same. Overall not a very effective approach, except to the bottom line, which is what the overall focus is and will continue to be.
    Also if you are not best buddies with upper management your chance for promotion is extremely limited in your area. Promotion, at least in IT, was rarely merit based.

    Advice to Management

    If management really wants to move from a "Command and Control" mentality to having committed, dedicated employees, then make positions and promotions merit based and not based on past relationships at former companies.
    The obvious focus is the bottom line and stock holders of upper management. Call a spade a spade and just say that...almost every other company in the world does.


  8. Nice company ! Very employee friendly

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very employee friendly
    nice team and people
    flexible

    Cons

    no cons as of now , but traveling to downtown is tough !


  9. Helpful (2)

    Excellent company to work for.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A very educational learning experience. I loved working here & would gladly go back agai
    Great training provided; my manager was fantastic & taught me so much about the industry. Very efficient company specific software that aids tremendously in being successful at the job.

    Cons

    Team spirit at the company wasn't that great. I also felt there was a good group of unfriendly people, primarily upper management, who could be a bit drab on the office environment.

    Advice to Management

    I think you need to get more pleasantries out of those people who can't even offer a smile or reciprocate that "good morning" or "hello" when said to them.


  10. Strong Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good infrastructure and experienced professionals

    Cons

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


  11. 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



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