Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
217 Reviews

3.8
217 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent benefits, culture, work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance, although they are working on it (just released Flexible Work programs) (in 13 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.  

    Dynamic work environment with constant challenges and very good benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Very good product pipeline with good vision of where the company is headed. Benefits are excellent. Company does a good job of soliciting and acting on employee feed back.

    Cons

    Strategy for augmenting pipeline seems to be moving in the direction of acquisition and collaboration instead of internally developed. Not a bad strategy but keeps employees in the dark about future pipeline and what role current employees will play in the development cycle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wish I hadn't left

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, on site parking, core of people that have been with the company for a long time, lot of knowledge, great leadership in senior management, lots of focus on employee development, internal candidates are always considered for postions first, different sites work together on things

    Cons

    Not really a lot to say here, general office poitics, wasn't crazy about the system used for mid-year and year end reviews

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company with determination to improve stock performance

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Passion for improving the quality of life for people with serious diseases.

    Cons

    Employee loyalty is not weighed as much as it should.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to start my career after graduating from college.

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    Former Employee - Statistical Geneticist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Statistical Geneticist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great facilities. Interesting research problems. Coffee machines everywhere, and great cafeteria downstairs. Affordable, well-stocked gym across the street. Bike parking cage in the main parking garage.

    Cons

    As a recent college graduate, I found myself surrounded by individuals typically older than myself. All friendly people, but I didn't have much to add to conversations about mortgages or elementary schools in the suburbs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Growing. nice work environment and improved office

    Cons

    limited lateral mobility. limited upward movement in somegroups, like engineering

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't mess up...it will follow you!

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    Current Employee - Universal Patient Services Coordinator  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Universal Patient Services Coordinator in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Great place to start to learn about corporate america and learn about the foundation that drives a culture of excellence. Great employees. excellent benefits. Family oriented. Flexible schedules

    Cons

    Biogen Idec known to take the easy way out and give up on really great people who have maybe made a mistake once before that becomes hard to break from. that one instance follows you up till the point the company finds a reason to fire you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go above and beyond supporting and advocating for employees. Actually believing in the goodness in them instead of keeping them isolated from other opportunities b/c of a mistake. Empower employees to reach their highest potential and spend more time developing them.

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

    Good company with lots of opportunity - should have several new drugs on the market in the next few years.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, yearly bonus, contests/cash incentives, employee stock purchase plan, generous vacation and sick time

    George Scangos, the CEO is developing a great culture.

    Cons

    leadership/management can be slow to act.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I had a good experience and the benefits are outstanding.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate III  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate III in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Money, benefits. bonuses, Food celebrations, free computer training

    Cons

    12 hour rotating shifts. Fast paced environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Able to develop career.

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    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People, career opportunities, and benfits

    Cons

    Pay, HR, and work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a better HR and work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and culture! You have flexible work time which is very good for family. Happy hour is another fun.

    Cons

    started laying off poeples recently. After they repalced the previous CEO, the new leadership team started reorganization and as you know, what it means...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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