Biogen Idec

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Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
233 Reviews
3.8
233 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professional and established corporation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Biogen Idec as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great structured company with many different teams and departments. Treats their employees well with stock options, benefits, company parties as well as many other perks. Strong oncology department with hard working people and good leadership.

    Cons

    Like many places, politics play a role in the type of projects that are available. Budgeting is determined by the higher ups and may not have the full input of the teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great products, awful to employees

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    • 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great pay and amenities... completely disorganized.

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    They have a lot of free pepsi and coffee to offer. Free parties every Thursday.

    Cons

    However, the management is lost and unaware of how their staff are doing and do not act on what their employees report and when things go wrong the employees get the blame. This company is highly built on contractors, easy to replace easy to blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work more closely with employees and get their hands dirty and have more trust in their employees to do their job.

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

    Good place to build skills, then move on

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, very goal-oriented; no one cares how long you go for breaks, as long as you get the job done. Biogen-Idec is exemplary at picking talent at the operator level, I have worked with some very passionate and knowledgeable people whose work ethic is inspiring, and who have influenced me to become a better operator. BIogen-Idec is also a good place to start a biotech manufacturing career, due to great networking opportunities and adherence to cGMP's, which is critical to understand if you want to become a great contributor.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Biogen-Idec is awful at picking talent in the management level; lower performers are constantly being promoted due to politicking and back-room dealings; most promotions announcements are met with shock and groans from the operators, even through there are very, very, very few exceptions. Management is very company-oriented and not employee-oriented; members of management are not judged by their superiors in knowledge and subordinate growth but simply bowing to their demands; and it seems that the supervisors most disliked by the operators are the ones getting promoted. Communication between night and day shifts is horrendous, with constant blame game playing and finger pointing when things go wrong.

    Bonuses are so-so, pay is probably slightly below average compared to other companies I have worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must recognize talent at the operator level and promote them accordingly; it is safe to say that the best on-floor performers have the best work ethic and possess the greatest amount of technical knowledge, which is critical in hiring effective managers and supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 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 (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
  7.  

    Decent company

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Biogen Idec offers competitive pay, advancement opportunities, good benefits for employees, and they generally hire good talent.

    Cons

    Sad to see bottom line seemingly more important than employees, research, or patients.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, hours, location and no stress.

    Cons

    Being a contractor, pay, and open space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more selective with whom they hire.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    They won't let me in.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Some departments make good use of people's strengths. I felt more involved, needed, respected, and valued while contracting at Biogen then I ever did any place else I've worked in 30+ years.

    Cons

    As a contractor I was left out of all the good things. The stock price went from $150/share to $292/share while I was there. Since I was a contractor...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't throw people out blindly.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Contract scientist

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Stimulating work, good employee atmosphere. Good monetary compensation.

    Cons

    Alienation of contractors from meetings and team building activities. For contractors: unpaid sick days, holidays and time off, as well as no health insurance, parking, shuttle, or retirement benefits. Have noticed that most employees and contractors are overworked and stretched out to their limits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include contractors more in meetings and leadership roles. Most contractors work as hard or harder than regular employees so some compensation is necessary.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 5 years)

    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

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