Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 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
32 Ratings

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.  

    It was great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    It was a great place to work. The best thing was the way the company was efficiently ran. The best place ever.

    Cons

    Nothing was a challenge. It was a great place to work. The best thing was the way the company was efficiently ran. The best place ever.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vertex Pharma

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Drug Development Director  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Drug Development Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Depth of pipeline in development; commitment to developing only drugs that are life-changing for patients; location; company commitment to remain innovative within the confines of GXP, despite growth or corporate size.

    Cons

    We work long, hard hours, but what biophama company doesn't? The company does actively promote that employees maintain a work-life balance. A more formal WFH policy would be great to have most due to such at our competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Working on great products, dedicated to solving important problems, and follow innovative approaches to treat dreadful diseases. It is a great organization with wonderful people and opportunities for upward growth

    Cons

    Facilities and offices were quite apart from one another so a little bit of travel distance when walking from one building to the other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    nice working environment, working with a group of intelligent people

    Cons

    for me, it's kind of far away from home. it took me a lot of time to commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    transformative medicine is key

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    science oriented and highly motivated, very good benefits, competitive culture, great place to work

    Cons

    I have a very good career here and nothing to write cons. I see the cons present everywhere and look whether I enjoy working here and I do.

  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Great and caring manager, smart, collaborative and respectful colleagues. Team work is emphasized. Very fast paced, challenging work that keeps you busy, which means lots of opportunities to learn. Science and innovation are focused by upper management, first in industry in many aspects. Great benefits and good compensation. Hope the company can enrich the pipeline and thrive for long term.

    Cons

    Sometimes a little too many meetings for the sake of meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much. Only hope the company can strategize to get product to launch faster.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people, challenging work, good working environment

    Cons

    Budget issues, more contractors than full time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very challenging with opportunities to learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Very rewarding experience with many learning opportunities

    Cons

    None that I can thin of at this time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate II  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    lots of opportunities to innovate

    Cons

    waste too much time on commuting between buildings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more open minded

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Generally

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Pretty reasonable work hours. For the most part

    Cons

    Upper management does not provide clear direction

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