Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
97 Reviews

3.6
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President & CEO Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, competitive salary, focus on therapeutic areas with high unmet needs such as CF (in 10 reviews)

  • Very unique organization with great people and a lot of opportunity for growth (with or without PhD) (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The work-life balance that they offer applies only if you are in the first group (in 6 reviews)

  • Poor senior management, especially financial - cash burn rate is outrageous (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Company in Transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing in general. Start with 4wks of vacation plus company shut down between Christmas and New Years. Very intelligent and hard working employees. Disease area is very rewarding. Great experience for people starting out their careers.

    Cons

    Sr. Management tends to micro manage and constantly accelerate timelines beyond reason. Work/life balance and mode of operation is not sustainable. You often work nights, weekends, and during vacation. Career growth is limited. Vision seems to be very short term and focused on short term gains. A lot of indecision or changing of decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on balancing work load by truly assessing your resources to the work committed to. Provide a firm strategy on the path forward and have timely decisions to avoid churn and rework. Delegate more and empower teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    The growing pains are not insignificant

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    Former Employee - Middle Management  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Boston, MA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Vertex is a innovative company which seeks to find the best way forward.

    Cons

    As the company grows, the culture is changing. The leadership seems to be unaware of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the impact the growth of the company has on the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    people are great and hard working

    Cons

    Politics for moving up chain

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    program management and operations

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Location of office (waterfront in Boston)

    Cons

    lack of future growth and direction

  6.  

    Pretty good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice workspace and coworkers.

    Cons

    People seem to advance based more upon "who" they know, rather than "what" they know. There is a lot of micromanaging which seems to be a waste of time. Too many meetings and not enough execution. No clear levels of communication between departments so the same work is often repeated by various groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline your systems. Stop allowing departments to "tweak" programs for their own needs which later don't correspond to other department needs. Improve and foster open communication between departments. Promote based on work output, not popularity.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Communication with upper management a true challenge.

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    Current Employee - Therapeutic Specialist  in  Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Therapeutic Specialist in Savannah, GA

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent manager, good Medical Department, professional Peers

    Cons

    Sales data inaccurate, goals based on inaccurate competitive data.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ethical, warm company-however, employees overworked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    -Really warm environment. As a small pharma (2000 people) company, people are genuinely nice! And friends outside of work.
    -Ethical: Vertex cares about doing the right thing, and I saw among management, a lot of times decisions seemed stagnated, because everyone was allowed to weigh in, and the managers cared what employees thought and wanted. And also, same thing for the patients.
    -Good benefits (everyone starts out with 4 weeks vacation!), pay is decent (although I hear, lower than big pharma obviously). I'm not sure depending on your dept, if people actually will take their full vacation times, but my dept def. encouraged us to take vacation, and I knew based on trying to schedule meetings with other people, it seemed like people were out of office constantly.
    -Promotions: I was there under a year, but I know during my time there and after I left, I constantly saw good people getting rightly promoted. I was glad for them, and had I stayed, I think I could have reaped this reward.

    Cons

    -Employees seemed constantly overworked- including me. I would come in earlier and earlier as time went on.. just to get things done. Getting in at 7:30 became 7:00 became 6:30 am. And even coming in at say, 7:00 am, lots of people were already there or were arriving! And unlike at other places, the 7 am crew did not leave at 3 pm.. they stayed until 5 pm or later. Vertex operates pretty lean, and that is one con that did heavily impact me and consequently became the reason I left.
    -Lots of temps: unfortunately Vertex likes to hire a ton of temps (not just for admin roles but scientist roles). I disliked this, because as a temp myself, it felt very unstable for me, and I didn't get the same benefits as everyone else.
    -Too many meetings. I noticed compared to other places I worked at, Vertex is extremely meeting heavy, and it wastes a lot of everyone's time!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Highly motivated energetic workforce made Vertex a lot of fun to work. Everyone seemed very passionate about what they do, which keeps everyone engaged.

    Cons

    Upper management had difficultly communicating vision and often rely on external expertise from consultants or new hires vs. hiring/promoting from within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a clear vision for your group. Get input from your direct report vs. relying on external expertise.

  10.  

    Brilliant people devoted to the patients we serve

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    -Brilliant people that are fun too
    -uncompromising commitment to patients
    -great benefits
    - amazing time to be at Vertex in terms of its trajectory

    Cons

    -major growing pains
    -big pharma decision-making and processes
    -innovation and initiative from the ranks not rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage innovative thinking by embracing failure as a learning experience. Listen to your teams, as they have great, innovative, industry-transforming ideas that they won't share or push, because they fear for their jobs.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mixed feelings due to poor experiences with management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, convenient location, office space are nice. Great work team that is very productive and professional

    Cons

    Immature and inexperienced management who micromanage. Department leadership dictate how to run department without getting advice from those in the department,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition, communication will be keys to success. Encourage and empower your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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