Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative new medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, MA, Vertex today has research and development sites and commercial offices around the world in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
In May 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vertex’s first medicine, a treatment for hepatitis C. In January 2012, Vertex received FDA approval for our medicine for cystic fibrosis. Vertex received European approval of our medicine for cystic fibrosis in July 2012.
In addition to our approved medicines, we are developing new combinations of medicines that could further advance treatment of hepatitis C and cystic fibrosis. We also have a broad pipeline of other potential new medicines currently in early and mid-stage development for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, influenza and other diseases.
Vertex has continually been recognized as one of the industry’s top workplaces by leading publications such as Science Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Business Journal, The San Diego Business Journal and The Scientist.
The industry's best and brightest people are currently part of the Vertex team - all working toward tomorrow's breakthrough medicines. People come to Vertex for a number of reasons but remain at the company because each and every employee has the opportunity to make a real contribution to the discovery, development and commercialization of new medicines.
We also realize that creating tomorrow’s breakthrough medicines cannot happen through the work of Vertex alone. With that in mind, Vertex has established a global network that connects hundreds of the world’s leading researchers, academic centers and companies in open collaboration. Together, Vertex and our collaborators challenge the unknown and aim to extend the reach of science.
Vertex is proud of its team of scientists and business leaders and of the networks it has assembled to help advance the company in the years ahead.
In Our Communities
Our people are more than just employees of Vertex -- we are members of the communities in which we operate, working together with local neighborhood groups, nonprofits and other organizations to make the places where we live and work stronger. Vertex's support in our local communities is evident through both the commitment of financial resources as well as employees' time for important health initiatives, science education and various volunteer activities.
Supporting Important Health Initiatives and Organizations
Vertex supports programs and initiatives in the countries in which we operate to educate healthcare professionals, raise disease awareness and provide support to non-profit organizations that help people living with diseases where we focus our research and development efforts. These areas include hepatitis C, cystic fibrosis, neuroscience, cancer, autoimmune disease, and other infectious diseases.
Vertex has a broad commitment to support science education with the goal of engaging our next generation of scientists. In the local communities in which Vertex operates, the company supports a variety of programs to enhance science, math and health education and local organizations that especially aid underserved or disadvantaged populations.
Also, in 2012 Vertex established a unique collaboration with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to support a range of activities aimed at enhancing science education. As part of the collaboration, Vertex is focusing its efforts on two BPS high schools in South Boston where programs will aim to increase student participation and achievement in advanced placement (AP) courses and prepare teachers for the national "Next Generation Science Standards" being implemented in 2013.
Vertex has a long-standing commitment to help develop the next generation of scientific leaders. Our people work together with students and scientists throughout the Boston community to make this a vibrant and interesting place to live, work, and raise a family.
– Jeff Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, President and CEO
In addition, a new 3,000 square foot learning laboratory is under construction at our future headquarters in the Innovation District of Boston. The learning laboratory will be available for use by BPS and other community groups, allowing students and teachers to conduct scientific projects alongside Vertex scientists and other employees.
Vertex’s community relations initiatives connect the company and its employees to local communities through unique volunteer opportunities and other activities that aim to support science education as well as organizations that work to improve healthcare. Vertex employees are eligible to take part in organized volunteer activates, such as the company's annual worldwide Day of Service, and many of our employees volunteer their own time to support local and community groups.
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I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)Pros
Vertex retains the frenzied mindset of a start-up while providing the rewards of a mature company. So if you've never worked in a start-up it's going to seem a bit chaotic. Good salary and excellent benefits. Mostly good people throughout with the usual caveats about dealing with science PhD's on a regular basis. Probably no different from other biotech/small pharma in that regard. Surprisingly useful HR people. Well balanced focus between patients and bottom line - only companies that stay in business help patients. Will pay for some training but be prepared to vigorously put forward your case. As the OP said Vertex is not a place for the faint of heart.Cons
Very big on the 'corporate values' to the point where its almost cult-like. How well you 'live the values' is actually a dimension on your review. Values are not atypical but if you've worked for > 10 years you may find it annoying.
Some people complain about the work-life unbalance, but it's a function of the business. I've yet to find a development organization that has anything approaching balance. By and large one is dealing with dedicated people If you are in a support group then you need to keep up with that. If you are, as used in the movie Jerry Maguire, a 'paycheck player' then you are liable not to be happy here.Advice to ManagementAdvice
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I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.Interview Details
Phone interview with HR, and the whole process is about 25min. First introduce myself, when you first hear about Vertex and also why you think you qualified for this position.
The HR is very nice.Interview Questions
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative new medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. Vertex scientists and their collaborators are working on new medicines to advance the treatment of hepatitis C, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other life-threatening diseases. Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, MA, Vertex today has research and development sites and commercial offices around the world in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.