Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Awesome benefits package!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits including time off and tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Turning into good ole boys network.


  2. Helpful (1)

    good company to work for

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    good working culture, supportive colleagues, good learning experience and great benefits

    Cons

    becoming more bureaucratic over the years, scope of job is small

    Advice to Management

    give people better opportunities to grow, more feedback to direct reports


  3. Great place to work, great benefits, great people, boring work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Durham, NC
    Former Intern - Intern in Durham, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work environment

    Cons

    Work can be very boring depending on which group you're in. Lots of documentation.

    Advice to Management

    None, the cons are simply part of the pharma industry.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    Pros

    The company is profitable, generally well run, with competent management at all levels. It has a clear corporate vision, and hires people that are excellent at their jobs. The company also has considerable focus on the patients who rely on it's products and expends a lot of effort in initiatives to promote their welfare outside of drug development. Vacation time is very generous, and other benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    The company has adopted an open office space plan which means that there are no offices or cubicles - just large areas filled with desks and spindled with couches and "huddle" rooms. Everything about that is annoying and productivity sucking. HR talks a lot about focusing on career and personal development, but, in practice, there's rarely opportunities for that or advancement within the company. There are even job levels that can only be obtained by quitting and being hired back at a later date. There are MANY people that have worked at the company for a decade or more with lots of personal recognition, but no promotion. They pay well, but it's not a place to advance your career.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company,

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Good benefits. Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    No value for contractors. They are easy come and easy go. A lot favoritism even for full time employees. Very hard to get advancement. No clear plan for developement. A lot of politics and back door dealings.

    Advice to Management

    Find solutions to the Cons


  7. Has 1 year experience with Bioge Idec client

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  8. Biogen - Cambridge

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  9. Helpful (3)

    Awesome place to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Professional and established corporation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    They won't let me in.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.



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