Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. 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?


  2. 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.


  3. Mid Level

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Company policies , culture is fine. Company pays well , have policies like BYOD and Work from home . Incentives /Bonus is good.

    Cons

    Small Company , Flat Structure.Some departments are too arrogant, hence team work becomes a problem and hence could put you off. Decision making is slow as too many people want to be a part of every review and decision.


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  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Case Manager

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

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

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

    Pros

    The company itself is very nice and stable. Nice amenties and benefits. Outside of Patient Service there appear to be lots of growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Patient services treats their employee's like slavesm we are not running a sweat shop but we are helping to add value to patient lives. Patients are just a number now not a person that truly help. Speed in processing doesn't generate quality output. Supervisors are controlling and deeming to employee's. No work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    If your team is failing, take a look at your Supevisors, the team is only good as the people that you have leading them.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Great company, terrible middle management

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, well funded research labs

    Cons

    Horrible middle management, low morale

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees do their job without micromanaging their every movement. This company has put a ton of money into basic research in order to build up their future pipeline - more companies should follow this example.


  10. Helpful (12)

    Great company to work for, for men

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very competitive salary and benefits. Respect for work life balance. Paid parking in Cambridge and alternative commuter options.

    Cons

    Promotions are less based on what you know and how you perform, than who you know and how well you conform to gender "norms". If you are a woman, be prepared to wear make-up and skirts, and understand that your salary is going to be inversely proportional to your weight.


  11. Human Resources Partner

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resource Partner in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Human Resource Partner in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Outstanding employee friendly culture. Strategic approach to business with focus on the welfare of the patients, community and the employees.

    Cons

    This is a difficult one as I have learnt so much here and Biogen has helped me rediscover myself. I wish I could continue this journey for a longer time period.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. We are proud to be associated with the company. Once in Biogen and one would want to stay forever in Biogen.



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