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Still inventing itself; especially middle management

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Former Employee - Clinical Operations  in  Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Clinical Operations in Cambridge, MA

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

Pros

Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with

Cons

VP and Director level management not strong or experienced enough to implement senior management vision; many promotions based on length of employment at company rather than experience; too many reorgs; too political; little to no career development;

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Boys club mentality is not a great model for growth and employee satisfaction - have the courage to address management issues quickly so that people can focus on work rather than politics

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Looks great from outside the company...

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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 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great salaries, benefits, some wonderfully smart, dedicated people work at Biogen Idec.

    Cons

    The company has become very political, recent hires are interested only in lots of money and promotions. Some of the worst managers I have ever seen work at Biogen Idec. No sense of teamwork anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go out and get to know the people who are "in the trenches". Realize that some people who are talented individual contributors need to remain individual contributors because they lack the social skills to lead. Please thoroughly vet the people you are considering making leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Biogen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Current on technology. They have a weekly "Happy Hour" for employees in Weston and Cambridge.
    Tons of on the job (online) training, very flexibke when it comes to employees work schedule. A lot of mobile and telecommuting is an option

    Cons

    They can be cut throat when they let you go. 40% of staff are contractors. (Could be due to their move from Weston to Camb) Contract to perm is difficult and rare. Most contractors are used for a year (maybe more) by company then let go w/o rehire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at hiring your existing contract employees. They work harder (and complain less) than the permanent employees. Also instead of laying off an employee, cut back on some of the travel (esp international) and nix the weekly Happy Hours. There are other ways to recognice all the hard work your employees do. That way you can have an end of the year Holiday party where all the (perm) staff can attend (vs a selected amount of perm staff)

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