Vertex Pharmaceuticals – Why Work For Us?


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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. 

We collaborate with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, leading nonprofit disease foundations and many of the world’s best-known academic institutions.

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

Our Team

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 initiativesscience 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. 

Educational Activities

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.

Volunteer Activities 

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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    Research culture is driven towards incorporating the most advanced academic research into industrial use, where it can reach consumers. Innovation and research seemed to be a real focus and a foundation of the company. They seemed ready to fulfill the needs of science no matter who proposed the need.


    Interactions with other interns can be difficult depending on where you are placed. Because everyone in Boston/Cambridge area moved into one building, this may no longer be a problem. Undergraduate interns would have hard time translating internship to a full-time position in R&D, but that's not unusual.

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    Not many people are naturally good at managing, and for many scientists, it may be even more difficult. I thoroughly enjoyed working with my mentors, but it might be good to help scientists become better managers too to some extent.

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    I applied through my college, received a fifteen minute phone interview with the university relations, then had an on-site interview with hiring manager and senior scientist the week after.

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Awards & Accolades

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Top Places to Work Globe 100, Boston Globe, 2009
Best Places to Work in San Diego (Medium), Best Companies Group, 2009
Best Places To Work, The Scientist, 2011
Science Magazine Top Employer, Science, 2011
Best Places To Work, Boston Business Journal, 2011
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Headquarters Boston, MA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1989
Type Company - Public (VRTX)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

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.

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