Biogen Idec

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Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
216 Reviews

3.8
216 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent benefits, culture, work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance, although they are working on it (just released Flexible Work programs) (in 13 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Biogen Idec is a great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Entry Coordinator (Contract)  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Data Entry Coordinator (Contract) in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Management 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! You are changing the lives of MS Patients globally!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, well run, patient focused

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Executive in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Dont lose the edge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doing the right thing for patients and employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Biogen Idec cares about good science, treating employees well and changing the lives of the patients we serve. I am encouraged to pursue education and development. There is commitment to the community and a focus on diversity and inclusion.

    Cons

    Recent nepotism has resulted in a less diverse leadership team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Resources are generally available. Top notch benefits.

    Cons

    Somewhat bureaucratic, but this is to be expected for such a big company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    biogen is an active company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA

    Pros

    biogen is an active company

    Cons

    commute to biogen takes time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it is good management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Summer intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Good environment and nice team; flexible project

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support for young employee

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Biogen Idec is a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Biogen Idec has a strong culture, excellent values and really cares about the patients we serve. There are many bright people across the company most of which feel a high level of loyalty to the company and commitment to our patients. Earning potential is high, even for mid-level positions.

    Cons

    Many departments are under resourced which results in long hours and high levels of stress. Some of the senior management team do not want to hear bad news which causes a lack of transparency. Spent considerable time and money implementing open space floor plans that do not deliver a clear benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and transparent about everything - including things that aren't going well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Secure company with an excellent culture, benefits, career opportunities and work-life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QC Associate II  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - QC Associate II in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, culture, work-life balance.

    Cons

    In my experience, there are some workers who are not held accountable for their daily responsibilities and in some cases management does not do the best job at rectifying these issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid of confrontation if it will help the overall group.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great culture and wonderful internship program!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The learning environment was great. I really felt that I both contributed during my internship and learned a great deal.
    The culture there is also great. I felt great pride at being part of such a great company that really showed a strong patient and employee focus.

    Cons

    There could be more cross-departmental communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more cross-departmental communication. There are great resources in place that can be used and this would help to spread morale and increase productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great exposure to cutting-edge technology

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist I  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist I in Research Triangle Park, NC

    Pros

    Great work culture and ethics among employees

    Cons

    Not faced any issues so far

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