Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
228 Reviews
3.8
228 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 24 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 24 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.  

    Amazing Company to be a Part Of!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and culture! Amazing 5 years at this place!

    Cons

    Made it through 2 rounds of layoffs. Very tough to watch, but done with extreme humanity.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    7+ years with BIIB and I left very satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    -Supportive work environment
    -Very good benefits
    -Engaging work and company mission
    -Good pay
    -Ethical company with strong values
    -Competent senior management
    -Promotions are truly based on merit
    -Good profitability, job security, and good long-term outlook

    Cons

    -Could feel a little "high school"ish at times
    -Still maturing in terms of leadership development and growing/cultivating in-house talent
    -Tends to under-staff so work/life balance can suffer at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A really good place for creative and intelligent minds

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    Former Employee - Co-Op
    Former Employee - Co-Op

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

    Pros

    Freedom to express your ideas
    Trust from top management
    Excellent training and talent management

    Cons

    No sponsorship for F1 students...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist II
    Current Employee - Scientist II

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Independence, great people, good work environment

    Cons

    Sometimes things are not very clear

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Biogen Idec is a great company to be a part of and any internship opportunity is well worth the time.

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    Current Employee - Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits. Excellent culture. Caring employees.

    Cons

    As an intern I was a part of a management change. This change could have been smoother, though I understand it is tough for management and employees to adjust to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eponential amount of growth in skills and knowledge

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    They offer an amazing opportunity for progression in the field. Supervisors are extremely willing to mentor and assist in the development of their employees, and there are incredible opportunities to gain further knowledge and become a functional working unit with your co-workers.

    Cons

    There are times when it is necessary to work long hours or come in on the weekends to ensure the success of an ongoing project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the management does a fantastic job of acclimating new employees to the company as well as mentoring those who are new to the field. P

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  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is an amazing and fulfilling place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Business Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Area Business Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Great direct management who genuinely care about you and the doctors and patients we serve. The benefits are amazing and did not fully realize how great they were until leaving.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance if living in a smaller metro area. They also have a lot of meetings, but the meetings do provide good updates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue building the culture that cares about the employees and the people we serve. This is a great company that is driven by its culture.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment, it is a very collaborative environment that thrives on team work. Work environment is very positive, productive, and friendly.

    Cons

    It is difficult to commute between offices for meetings. Not as much interaction between various teams within the company as there could be.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Very exciting

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    great atmosphere, smart people. good cafeteria

    Cons

    Sometimes work overload. no benifits for temps

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

    Recommends
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  11.  

    Busiest and happiest that I have ever been!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    - Compensation and benefits
    - Variety of things to do in your job
    - Dedication to excellence to patients and coworkers

    Cons

    - Extremely, extremely busy days
    - Too much reliance on others in accomplishing tasks (although individual contributors can do a lot of good work on their own as well)

    Recommends
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