Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Bench work at Biogen

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The salaries are among the highest in the industry. The benefits are almost absurd; free parking, free shuttle bus from the North, South and West, medical, dental and even vision plans etc.

    Cons

    Since 2005 there has not been more than a 3 year period without some sort of layoff. Every time there is some sort of management change, the new boys in town feel the need to make their mark. This usually involves layoffs and it is never for financial reasons (the company has more cash than it can think of ways to be spend), it seems to just be to keep people on thei toes.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Biogen

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Biotech growing company. Company culture is good.

    Cons

    The individual working environment depends on managing style at specific group.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Amazing company with great values.

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible company, wonderful culture - couldn't be happier.

    Cons

    No downsides that I can think of.


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  5. Great company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company. Great people. Great benefits. Easy to be proud of the work you do.

    Cons

    High stress environment. Very US-focused.


  6. Helpful (10)

    Not the company everyone used to love

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Fantastic benefits - Great, hard working peers - Gym

    Cons

    - Priorities and expectations change daily making it difficult to achieve goals that were implemented six months prior. - NO TRANSPARENCY! you go to work every day without knowing why you're doing the things you do (besides helping the patient). - Morale is at an all time low, instead of listening to the employee silly programs are created. - Your success or failure is based on your direct manager.

    Advice to Management

    is upper management aligned to lower management to make sure the direction is being followed properly instead of having their own interpretation?


  7. Helpful (6)

    Patient Services Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, company stock options, latest technology available for all employees, on-site gym, great company atmosphere (as long as your not in PS).

    Cons

    Lack of clear communication from top down. Everyone has different interpretation of policies which leads to supervisors abusing power in their role; they can either make you or break you. It's a who you know, not what you know environment.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the talent you hired to do their job! Provide transparency this will earn you trust. Show that care about your employees through actions not words read from a presentation. Be honest and realistic. Give process a chance instead of changing course every other day.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Great mission to help patients. Awful politics.

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Company is trying to make a difference in the lives of people Great pay/benefits

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. If you ever want to get promoted, you better pray you are in the right clique and have the right pedigree.


  9. Web Developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Applications Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Web Applications Developer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    food is not very good

    Cons

    good working environment in company


  10. Helpful (3)

    Great company, bright future with solid leaders

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, great products, great people. I enjoyed working there for 5 plus years.

    Cons

    The HR group does not have a great reputation and it's lack of leadership is not helping make the company great.

    Advice to Management

    Consider re-evaluating the HR senior leadership


  11. MBA College Internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Procurement in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Procurement in New York, NY

    I worked at Biogen Idec (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very well structured program You get to meet and talk to VP's Great entrepreneurial culture

    Cons

    Hard to land a full-time job

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work



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