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Good place to work. great work life balance, a culture that values and respects employees but this is changing...

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Current Employee - Assoc. Director, Regulatory Affairs in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Assoc. Director, Regulatory Affairs in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Biogen Idec

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Great work life balance
Great people especially those that have been in the company for a bit of time. Not so sure about the new ones especially the new top management.
Has been a very transparent organization (this is changing under new management)
Fabulous benefits

Cons

Has transformed into a highly bureaucratic organization. New management at the top is encouraging this and is rapidly turning the company into a highly silo'ed and bureaucratic organization where titles and political astuteness are more important and better recognized than intellectual contributions. Company is becoming more of a political warfare zone rather than a place to work. Something needs to be done now.
New linear organizational structure limits potential for career growth. People in critical/responsible roles have limited to no experience in the job. Others who do the work thus suffer.
No leadership from middle management. They are just stuck up on titles.
Consider your options carefully before accepting an offer from the Regulatory Affairs CMC group. Reg CMC management lack fundamental technical knowledge and thus even simple decision making takes for ever and many departmental policies/decisions seem to lack clear rationale.
Company relying heavily on prior management decisions that are only now beginning to finally bring results. No evidence of leadership from new management who seem not very focussed on securing the future but for short term decisions to boost stock price.
The value addition to the organization in firing hundreds of employees, cutting core therapeutic areas and new culture of "NEXT" remain questionable. Narrow pipeline or products are disease focussed rather than therapeutic area focussed.

Advice to Management

Empower employees to make decisions based on their capabilities and knowledge but not based on their title.
Focus more on developing our internal R&D organization and promote research.
Bring in more therapeutic areas and build internal expertise. Current "disease focussed" approach is fast becoming a very competitive and crowded space.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Watch out - management Really doesn't know what it's doing and just wants to cover up while cashing in themselves

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very limited - good compensation with zero confidence in future plans

    Cons

    Too many To list here - know what you're getting into

    Advice to Management

    Sack everyone at the VP and senior / director level that doesn't know how to make a decision or just can't - clear out the deadwood before the forest fire consumes the companies future


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work--especially in Cambridge office (HQ)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, can make a meaningful contribution to society through the work

    Cons

    Can be "cliqueish" and soemtimes executive leadership is not transparent enough and does not communicate clearly and regularly

    Advice to Management

    More transparency would have been nice--especially re: layoffs (i.e. Spy Glass), though I was not personally affected, I know many who were and were blindsided.


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