Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
220 Reviews
3.8
220 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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126 Ratings

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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great products, awful to employees

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Money is great, Benefits are excellent ans so is pension but...

    Cons

    No life and work balance. Management is narrow-minded with unrealistic demand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    used to be one of the great ones

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Associate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits are outstanding and the work from home option is fantastic

    Cons

    I agree with the cronyism-it needs to stop. As does the cesspool of cronyism and bullying in Quality and Manufacturing. You can royally screw up but as long as you booze with the right people it gets swept under the rug.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Would not recommend

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Impressive product pipeline, company prospering financially, many (but not all) friendly and helpful coworkers, fun social activities, great compensation and great core values.

    Cons

    Understaffed departments resulting in workers being overloaded and work/life imbalances, people unqualified to lead are promoted to management, managers are self-serving, do not communicate openly or transparently, the work environment is too political with cronyism and cliquish team members who shut out those who don't "fit in" regardless of how well they do their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting inexperienced people to managers and department heads. Just because someone has been with the company for X number of years and plies their particular trade well (ex. sales, accounting, law, etc.), does not mean they will make a good manager. Establish a methodology (via an external third-party) to collect truly anonymous feedback about managers and take action on the problems. You will continue to be a revolving door and lose good talent otherwise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Employees are GREAT .... Management is awful

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    When working with the employees the are great, they share information they really appreciate the information you impart to them.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what-so-ever as to what is going on.
    They complain about things they are actually the root cause of.
    When you have a discussioin about a timeline which has a bearing on the conversation, they have no idea of what has happened when.
    They ask you a question, you answer it and then they accuse you of being defensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking you are automatically smarter than your employees just because you are paid more than them. That's Sr. Management's fault, not the employee's. Sr. Management needs to start emparting information to the employees (not just management) if you want people to pull in the same direction.

    The company does great work for sick people, then need to start acting like a good company, not just say they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    I wish I never joined Biogen

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Never had a support of my manager. Too much stress at work will forec me to quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why should I advice the upper management? I don't believe upper management really cares of simple scientists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Company is growing faster and employees become just a number

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefit/salary. Good and motivated people.

    Cons

    No recognitions, management only interested to a personal developmen;, not able to deal with conflicts. Unfair work environment. Recognitions are given to bad performers. Extremely demotivating. Always choose for the short term easy solution rather than a long term plan. People should not speak up as it is not well perceived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give possibilities to good performers to grow and develop, try to keep them motivated. Listen to feedbacks and take proper actions with bad performers.Work enviroment is worsening, take immediate actions before it is too late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    In IT? Work at BIIB for money and benefits, not sanity.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, and the company's future looks bright. If you're lucky, your direct report will shield you from most of the mess from above.

    Cons

    If you're looking for quarterly re-orgs, leadership by fear, incessant politicking, a refusal to acknowledge or address incompetence, the Peter Principle in action, and an ostrich-like approach to looming disasters even when presented with proactive solutions -- then run, don't walk, to the Biogen head office (if you can find it, they have trouble deciding where to keep it) and request an application, stat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - pay
    - pipeline
    - some of the best products in the market

    Cons

    - management
    - work-life-balance
    - job security (constant fear of losing job if you do not do what management says)
    - retaliation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long look at your 'middle' management. Many of them are great at managing up but not at actually managing people. Most do not have any past management experience before taking the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Area Business Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    great pipeline, nice stock options including RSUs and purchase plan, CEO has grasp on future of the company and is a genuinely nice person

    Cons

    negative culture, inexperienced managers, VP of sales is from primary care and has convinced upper management that a1990s primary care like pod environment is a great idea for a biotech company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Biotech should be high tech with highly competent sales people and managers, hire managers with experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pipeline
    Great benefits
    No more pros

    Cons

    Work-life balance doesn't exist in this company.
    Hard work,no fun.
    Looks great from outside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Satisfaction depends on the supervisor personality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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