Biogen Idec

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice Place/Great Benefits

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

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

    Pros

    -Great Pay
    -Great Benefits
    -Stock is going up
    -New pipeline products
    -Knowledge of Supervisors
    -Good Work/Life

    Cons

    -most promotions are based on "who" likes you not performance
    -they sometimes tell you what you want to hear to get you to leave them alone
    -some managers are not really managing anybody/anything
    -they will make up/create positions to please certain people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote/Hire your qualified temps to full time people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    5 years with Biogen Idec, great stepping stone

    Former Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits, deep pipeline

    Cons

    Growth potential is limited, a lot of office "gossip" in the normal culture, high turnover in upper management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, great people, great culture. But be ready to WORK.

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, passionate about the patients, great people who work hard. The company has transitioned into a powerhouse that can seem to do no wrong. Strong focus on R&D (now) and finally has a deep pipeline.

    Cons

    Work/life balance, although they are working on it (just released Flexible Work programs). Middle management is committed but lacks vision. Communication from senior management needs to be stronger and more frequent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, but I'd like to see more "working fearlessly" from the Director/VP levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Right Direction, but needs tweaks.

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

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

    Pros

    Company mission is about improving life for neurology and hemophilia patients.
    Compensation is good. Insurance is good.
    Spending money for buildings and upgrades.
    Let you have the tools (software,training etc.) to be successful.
    Some good leaders, but... (see cons)
    CEO who does not grandstand, but transparently states the facts and the vision.

    Cons

    Drama, heroics, and chest thumping are values.
    Culture requires blowing sunshine at all times.
    Frowned upon to ask about factual data underlying a pretty PowerPoint slide.
    A good individual contributor does not always make a good manager or director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for the internal surveys. Some have acted on the results. Some have not. Pay attention to the weak spots and shuffle leadership. A little change is always good for the org. Challenge more happy news with probing questions. Require all associates to see patient advocate presentations. Some focus has been lost celebrating the stock growth.

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

    Diversify Management

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay (competitive), work life balance (improving with some departments offering greater flexibility than others)

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in management (mid-level & senior). Promotions are far between ((avg 3-5 years) and based more on time served vs consistent high performance and demonstrated performance at the next level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify management by tapping into key internal high performing talent that have demonstrated leadership capabilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    (Generally) Positive Internship Experience

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

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

    Pros

    -Great flexibility with project selection/progression and involvement with different scientists.
    -My co-mentors were always supportive, helpful and wanted me to learn new techniques and experiments
    -Since Cambridge is the company's main R&D site, there were lots of fellow interns (~30) and therefore many intern-specific events and fun activities

    Cons

    -A major R&D reorganization that resulted in firing of 1/3 of a department. Projects and people were getting shifted around a lot after that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  8.  

    Great Company going through many changes

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

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

    Pros

    Company dedicated to improving lives of patients
    Benefits/Compensation
    Flexible working arrangements

    Cons

    Changes to culture/atmosphere
    Layoffs
    Moving to an open workspace environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Director, Preclinical Safety

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    great science, leader in MS development

    Cons

    tolerate mediocre managers and leaders in some departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    practice what you preach

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    High level of science, exposure to outside scientific advances, great culture, excellent benefits and compensation, great career advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Frequent lay-offs, Frequent changes of mission, goals, plans, vision. Negative inside competition

    Recommends
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Biogen Review - Age Discriminiation Exists

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Highly competitive salary, good benefits

    Cons

    Biogen lays off high-salaried employees and replaces them with younger cheaper people

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