Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
217 Reviews

3.8
217 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dynamic company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Culture keeps you happy.
    Great coworkers.
    Great benefits.
    Lots of opportunities to establish yourself.
    Excellent work/life balance.
    Great social hour.
    Flexible attitude.

    Cons

    Too much beaurocracy.
    May be hard to advance in some departments.
    Previous management should get most of the credit for current success of drugs.
    Buildings are pretty but was it necessary since we are keeping Weston?
    Upper management has lost touch with the common employees even though you are now located in Cambridge.
    Too many large and single layoffs, leaves us feeling insecure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck.

  2.  

    Excellent company to work for.

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A very educational learning experience. I loved working here & would gladly go back agai
    Great training provided; my manager was fantastic & taught me so much about the industry. Very efficient company specific software that aids tremendously in being successful at the job.

    Cons

    Team spirit at the company wasn't that great. I also felt there was a good group of unfriendly people, primarily upper management, who could be a bit drab on the office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think you need to get more pleasantries out of those people who can't even offer a smile or reciprocate that "good morning" or "hello" when said to them.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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 - Associate Director  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 10 years

    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
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  5.  

    biogen is an active company

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

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

    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
  6.  

    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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec as an intern for less than a year

    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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great in the early 2000s, but management no longer believes in research.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great resources, lots of money to spend, freedom to run exploratory side projects.

    Cons

    Random layoffs, sudden project concellations, constant reorganization, high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Settle down, Knuckleheads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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

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

    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
  9.  

    Great culture and wonderful internship program!

    • 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 an intern for less than a year

    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
  10.  

    Strong 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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good infrastructure and experienced professionals

    Cons

    If you work off-site or not at headquarter location, experience may be different

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

    • 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 5 years

    Pros

    Good salary, good bonus, open space

    Cons

    None so far, no complaints so far

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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