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Great place

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Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA

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

Pros

Great place for a vertical career

Cons

No so good to invest your experience in an horizontal career.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

They do a great job

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Biogen Idec is a great place to work and focused on breaking new grounds in biomanufacturing.

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

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

    Pros

    Biogen Idec is a steadily growing company with a good reputation for how they treat employees. They have a well rounded benefits package to go with a solid salary. A great place to gain experience as long as you pursue the interests.

    Cons

    There are few cons to working at Biogen Idec. It is a high stress environment that pushes the boundaries when scheduling work. If you are looking for a laid back schedule that takes time going through the low level details I would not suggest coming here.

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  2. 6 people found this helpful

    You can be loyal to the company, but the company will never be loyal to you....

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Intelligent, creative and friendly people.
    -Good benefits, decent salary, and BEER HOUR!
    -Nice cafeteria, nice gym, nice campus.
    -Stock is higher than it has ever been.
    -Promising pipeline.

    Cons

    -Very political. It's all about who you know no matter how hard you work. Promotions and fun projects are given to the popular kids, just like in high school.
    -Low morale due to the various layoffs. They do small department layoffs and they are secretive about it.
    -Many managers aren't managing anything or anybody. There are some dead bodies that could easily be replaced with ambitious and excited new employees.
    -Positions are created out of nowhere to please certain individuals looking for a higher title/pay.
    -Lots of office gossip.
    -Work/Life Balance? Yeah right! Expect to work nights and weekends whether you are in the labs or in an office job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Note to Upper Management: learn to make up your mind and make decisions in a timely manner. Don't pretend you are transparent when you are not. Stop talking about improving processes, just pick a new path and go with it, learn to mitigate risk. Communication to your employees needs to be more frequent and deliver stronger "gettothepoint!" messages.

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