Biogen Idec
3.9 of 5 213 reviews
www.biogenidec.com Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Biogen Idec Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.7 90 reviews

                             

82% Approve of the CEO

Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos

George A. Scangos

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77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Biogen Idec is a great place to work!

    Data Entry Coordinator (Contract) (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsManagement at Biogen Idec truly cares about the success and happiness of their employees. The company has been growing rapidly for some time due to their continued success in the MS drug market. This is a pharma company with a conscience. They are working on several drugs for Hemophilia patients that will not make them any money! There is a great work/life balance at this company and many activities to take part in that are sponsored by Biogen Idec outside of work.

    ConsYou absolutely must have a master's degree to get a full time position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work! You are changing the lives of MS Patients globally!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, well run, patient focused

    Executive (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsWell paid, patient oriented, flat, lean and simple structure

    ConsNot many, the executive leadership team are great as individuals but they can be dysfunctional as a group, making lots of unnecessary work layers below.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont lose the edge

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsGreat place to work, hours, location and no stress.

    ConsBeing a contractor, pay, and open space.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more selective with whom they hire.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Contract scientist

    Associate Scientist III (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsStimulating work, good employee atmosphere. Good monetary compensation.

    ConsAlienation of contractors from meetings and team building activities. For contractors: unpaid sick days, holidays and time off, as well as no health insurance, parking, shuttle, or retirement benefits. Have noticed that most employees and contractors are overworked and stretched out to their limits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInclude contractors more in meetings and leadership roles. Most contractors work as hard or harder than regular employees so some compensation is necessary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Biogen Idec

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsGood benefits. Recent stock increase is major benefit to those that have been there for a while. Decent pay. Overall really talented group of people working there.

    Huge benefit if you are a scientist as this is one of the top Biotechs in the industry.

    Overall the drugs the company makes have a huge benefit to the patients that take them. That is the best motivator is that the company's product has a positive impact in the lives of many people with MS and other debilitating diseases.

    ConsIT went through massive layoffs and then we were all expected to do the same jobs, fill in all of the gaps and get paid the same. Overall not a very effective approach, except to the bottom line, which is what the overall focus is and will continue to be.
    Also if you are not best buddies with upper management your chance for promotion is extremely limited in your area. Promotion, at least in IT, was rarely merit based.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf management really wants to move from a "Command and Control" mentality to having committed, dedicated employees, then make positions and promotions merit based and not based on past relationships at former companies.
    The obvious focus is the bottom line and stock holders of upper management. Call a spade a spade and just say that...almost every other company in the world does.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice company ! Very employee friendly

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsVery employee friendly
    nice team and people
    flexible

    Consno cons as of now , but traveling to downtown is tough !

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great perks, still political backstabbing

    Delivery Lead (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsFree coffee, free Pepsi products, slowly becoming a telecommuting company.

    ConsHighly political. Backstabbing. Do not work together on issues.

    Advice to Senior Managementget rid of so many of the managers and get more trench workers. Management needs to listen more and take more action.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent company to work for.

    Senior Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsA very educational learning experience. I loved working here & would gladly go back agai
    Great training provided; my manager was fantastic & taught me so much about the industry. Very efficient company specific software that aids tremendously in being successful at the job.

    ConsTeam spirit at the company wasn't that great. I also felt there was a good group of unfriendly people, primarily upper management, who could be a bit drab on the office environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think you need to get more pleasantries out of those people who can't even offer a smile or reciprocate that "good morning" or "hello" when said to them.

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    biogen is an active company

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    Prosbiogen is an active company

    Conscommute to biogen takes time

    Advice to Senior Managementit is good management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Summer intern

    Summer Intern (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGood environment and nice team; flexible project

    ConsThe location is too close to downtown and not convenient to park

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore support for young employee

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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