Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Pros
  • 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 (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits and work environment (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Not the greatest work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Upper management has lost touch with the common employees even though you are now located in Cambridge (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Daily life at Biogen

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen Idec (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Biogen expects a lot from you but in return they give you a lot. They pay well and they try to maintain a fun and fulfilling environment.

    Cons

    Depending on what dept you work in, you may experience some "good ol boys club" mentality. I'm hoping that Biogen will flush out those elements so it can continue to be an excellent company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize to your employees (that still have their mentality in the era of the 80s & 90s) the importance of respect, tact and courtesy.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good Place to Work- Enormous Growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great science and pipeline. Lots of opportunity to move across the organization and gain experience. Solid Executive leadership team. Stable and cash rich.

    Cons

    Work life balance is often compromised. Long hours and 24/7 culture. Taking time off is an act of courage at times. Not nimble anymore, lots of layers and pockets of big Pharma shark culture.

    Advice to Management

    Watch culture change closely. Culture of fear can deter from focus at work when constantly checking over your shoulder Open space is distracting.


  3. Mostly positive experience but room for company to improve in employee development and better pay.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen Idec (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall benefits package and miscellaneous perks and community involvement are great. Interesting and life changing products being developed.

    Cons

    Lower pay than expected for thriving company. Pockets of employees that are not very bright or good at business beyond the science aspect.


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  5. Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people, everyone is very hard working and smart. I have always been encouraged to speak to both upper level management and to those at my level if i have an issue or question. People are very open to answering questions and you are able to learn much in a very short amount of time.

    Cons

    There is a high volume workload and you should be organized. Managers want you to be upfront and honest about how much work you can handel, so be aware of this.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more open with the entire group about what has to get done and the timelines for the work so that eveyone is more aware of the overall goals.


  6. Happy Camper

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great positive environment to work. Friendly people. Promising pipeline and rapid growth.

    Cons

    No longer in the small biotech sector, as the growth is rapid.


  7. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen Idec (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great management, work-life balance and compensation

    Cons

    None. Slight uncertainty for contractors.

    Advice to Management

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  8. Helpful (1)

    Smart people, great mission - with growing pains

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Biogen is enjoying great success and grew very rapidly, especially in 2014. The company is full of energy and enthusiasm about potential benefits to patients in multiple disease areas. Benefits and work life balance are great. CEO has higher-than-average integrity and openness.

    Cons

    The company is rebuilding after a down phase in the latter 2000's. Most functions have more demand than capability.


  9. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stability Coordinator/Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Stability Coordinator/Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing. Biogen really takes care of their employees.

    Cons

    Change happens fast not always for the better


  10. Statistician

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The working environment and the team are excellent. I learned a lot from my colleague and they are willing to help me.

    Cons

    The internship is too short and I am doing some research work. I don't have the chance to learn more details of the daily work of statistician


  11. Business Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen Idec as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Biogen is one of the best companies I have worked for! There values align very much with mine, and they also are very considerate of their employees. They offer shut-down week from Decembe25th-New Years, so no one is allowed to come into the office. Great benefits, and the company is definitely growing and expanding!

    Cons

    They are very strict with budget. They will spend tons of money on outside third party vendors, but when it comes to necessities within the department, they refuse to give budget. Another con of Biogen is that they don't hire people who do the actual "work." They are very keen on hiring directors, or decision makers but at the end of the day they need people to do that actual work and that's when our resources get spread thin. There also needs to be more growth opportunities within each department.

    Advice to Management

    Offer career counseling or more growth opportunities at Biogen. Also, stop hiring so many directors. If you are going to hire directors and above, make sure you keep the balance by hiring additional "workers" or people who will actually do the work.



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