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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128 Ratings

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.  

    Excellent place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Excellent pay, benefits and work/life balance.

    Cons

    One must be persistent with Management if you want to advance.

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    BIIB in a nutshell

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High levels of responsibility at lower management levels

    Cons

    Short sighted management (short time horizon to exit for Sr. Execs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Operations s/not be taken for granted, and if had been cultivated, a source of competitive advantage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, excellent environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are wonderful, and the company culture is great. The benefits are very competitive, the work is very, very rewarding. The work-life balance is great; they really encourage people to take and enjoy time off to reset and recharge. One of the things that I enjoy most about the company are the people that I work with and interact with on a day to day basis; could not ask for a better supervisor and team.

    Cons

    Change from management seems reactive sometimes; communication regarding issues not directly work related could be better. There is sometimes a disconnect between the manufacturing areas and some of the development/laboratory/pilot plant areas. Some people don't take people in manufacturing very seriously, even though many individuals have the same or greater level and background in education.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Upward and open

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, great atmosphere and work space

    Cons

    Sometimes lack structure for internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good PLACE TO WORK!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Writer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Medical Writer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good rewards/benefits
    Good work life balance
    Nice people

    Cons

    Unclear future for employees; not many opportunities for lateral movement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place for a vertical career

    Cons

    No so good to invest your experience in an horizontal career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They do a great job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Biogen Idec is a great place to work and focused on breaking new grounds in biomanufacturing.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Biogen Idec is a steadily growing company with a good reputation for how they treat employees. They have a well rounded benefits package to go with a solid salary. A great place to gain experience as long as you pursue the interests.

    Cons

    There are few cons to working at Biogen Idec. It is a high stress environment that pushes the boundaries when scheduling work. If you are looking for a laid back schedule that takes time going through the low level details I would not suggest coming here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with open and innovative culture in the promising Biotech industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Service Manager  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Database Service Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Being respected and listened to as an empolyee
    open and innovative culture
    Excellent pay & benefits
    Good Work/Life balance

    Cons

    Career development may seem kind of slow or unclear after working several years here
    Could have better Employee Rewarding System

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career development may seem kind of slow or unclear after working several years here
    Could have better Employee Rewarding System

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Internship Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec as an intern

    Pros

    Learned a lot as an intern at Biogen.

    Cons

    The duration of the internship was too short.

  11.  

    Lots of resources, changes strategy frequently

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    -Smart people
    -Great benefits
    -Nice facility
    -Opportunities to expand experience outside of one's department

    Cons

    -Frequently changing operational strategy and culture messaging
    -So much focus on improving processes that actual work can suffer or be confused
    -Cultural norm to work from home at night (to keep up with amount of work)
    -Difficult to be promoted (i.e., I worked in my role for an entire year before I was officially given the title and matching salary)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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