Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated September 2, 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. administrative

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    paid my basic overhead while employed

    Cons

    unprofessional, my work was swiped by long term employees, I was bullied at my desk by peers who were employees in addition to being picked on and made fun of for eating salad at lunch and running after work. Most higher level HR have long commutes and have tenure to pick choose and bully up when then feel an urge. They back up other long term employees that keep them employed. It blue shirt black market old school.

    Advice to Management

    no comment. they control the bullying.


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    associate director

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work with. It provides extensive learning and carrier opportunities, compensation, ability to participate in cross-functional teams and most importantly serve patients with multiple diseases all over the globe.

    Cons

    Can not think of many downsides. It is though demanding, and requires consistent learning and improvement.


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    Executive Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Biogen treats their employees great. They do expect a lot from their employees but I am glad to give back.

    Cons

    I don't think there are any CONS

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. Sr. Biostatistician

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    benefits are awesome; social hours

    Cons

    tedious work; getting bigger; future


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Place to Work- Enormous Growth

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    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.


  7. Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Great focus on patients and great compensation

    Cons

    Communication between leadership and underlings can come out of nowhere

    Advice to Management

    Stay more engaged to the lower level employees


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

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    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.


  9. used to be a good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good payment, work life balance

    Cons

    getting too big, less efficient


  10. Helpful (3)

    Daily life at Biogen

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    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.


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    Patient Services

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate/Patient Care Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate/Patient Care Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Good cafe, have tons of freebies.Great PTO and Sick Time. Great sabbatical program. Great building and Great Company

    Cons

    The VP's think we don't have a outside life. Their is no work life balance. You are easy brain washed with the company.

    Advice to Management

    To at least care about the employees feelings and sometimes ask for our advice and at least see how we feel and think.



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