Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Pros
  • Has really good benefits, promotes work/life balance, recognizes good performers (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of Leader communication, work-life balance non existent, un-realistic expectations (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. I loved the company until they decided to change my dept

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, facilities, smart co-workers

    Cons

    Top heavy, lack of decision making, grew too fast, work life balance was once promoted but cannot anymore, people are not promoted based on merit, soft skills are more important than getting work done and fear of making decisions amongst ambiguity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Major overhaul is needed for management. Decision making needs to be rewarded (give rewards for taking risk even more than what is done now), too many silos, you are experiencing new turnover due to burnout

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. Manufacturing multi-product material.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Good benefits, company treats us well, Pay above average. Batch planning is well thought out.

    Cons

    None, at this time, don't wanna look a gift horse in the mouth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If people don't want to work and can't follow a few simple rules, document it and make it stick.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. I worked for Biogen Idec for 5 and a half years

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    Current Employee - Director in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Solid company with a CEO that should be credited for turning the company around. Biogen appears to be well managed - good stock price. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Not as transparent with employees as senior leaders believe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase transparency. HR could be more respectful of how it treats employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Very good firm to work with.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, pay, and emotional intelligence

    Cons

    I don't really have any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Out-of-touch with true business needs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary, beautiful campus, some very well-qualified employees,

    Cons

    Unstable work force (frequent random layoffs rolling through organization); open floor plans are disruptive; cold; they work their employees hard; disjointed operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees and their vision for an ideal, improved dept rather than hire an outside consultant (ie.g. Deloitte) to tell you what to do with a department they know nothing about. Your people are a strong resource and are better qualified to advise on how to bring about excellence. Learn from past operational mistakes and implement changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Really "corporate" corporation

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Weston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Weston, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    You can work from hoe on Friday at summer time

    Cons

    Too corporate environment so feels really cold

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it more "family" style oriente

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

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    Current Employee - Mmanager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Mmanager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    training, location, summer hours, stock

    Cons

    work life balance is poor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great Company Great Employees. This company is a great place to work. The patients are the reason behind the company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Hours, pay and benefits are best in the market. coworkers are great and easy to build rapport with members on all levels.

    Cons

    Really don't have much to say on Cons. I guess a little favoritism goes on within some departments but I really think it goes on in all businesses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good place to work

    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    There was good alignment from discovery to clinical research, also good internal collaborations. Most staff like working with each other and that helps team work.

    Cons

    Therapeutic areas no longer include oncology unfortunately and many of the very experienced senior scientists already left the company due to restructuring or pursuit of other opportunities.

  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Biogen Idec is a growing, energetic company with a very nice campus and good benefits.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Good benefits, large new campus, fun projects with good potential and a growing company with a lot of energy.

    Cons

    Research triangle location is sometimes too far removed from leadership and management in Cambridge.

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