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Helpful (5)

Good place to build skills, then move on

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Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate IV in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate IV in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Benefits are good, very goal-oriented; no one cares how long you go for breaks, as long as you get the job done. Biogen-Idec is exemplary at picking talent at the operator level, I have worked with some very passionate and knowledgeable people whose work ethic is inspiring, and who have influenced me to become a better operator. BIogen-Idec is also a good place to start a biotech manufacturing career, due to great networking opportunities and adherence to cGMP's, which is critical to understand if you want to become a great contributor.

Cons

Unfortunately, Biogen-Idec is awful at picking talent in the management level; lower performers are constantly being promoted due to politicking and back-room dealings; most promotions announcements are met with shock and groans from the operators, even through there are very, very, very few exceptions. Management is very company-oriented and not employee-oriented; members of management are not judged by their superiors in knowledge and subordinate growth but simply bowing to their demands; and it seems that the supervisors most disliked by the operators are the ones getting promoted. Communication between night and day shifts is horrendous, with constant blame game playing and finger pointing when things go wrong.

Bonuses are so-so, pay is probably slightly below average compared to other companies I have worked.

Advice to Management

You must recognize talent at the operator level and promote them accordingly; it is safe to say that the best on-floor performers have the best work ethic and possess the greatest amount of technical knowledge, which is critical in hiring effective managers and supervisors.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great pay and amenities... completely disorganized.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have a lot of free pepsi and coffee to offer. Free parties every Thursday.

    Cons

    However, the management is lost and unaware of how their staff are doing and do not act on what their employees report and when things go wrong the employees get the blame. This company is highly built on contractors, easy to replace easy to blame.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work more closely with employees and get their hands dirty and have more trust in their employees to do their job.


  2. Decent company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Biogen Idec offers competitive pay, advancement opportunities, good benefits for employees, and they generally hire good talent.

    Cons

    Sad to see bottom line seemingly more important than employees, research, or patients.


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