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Looks good on paper

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  • Work/Life Balance
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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for less than a year

Pros

The basic research area produces some really exciting science
The pipeline of products is rich and has great potential
There are plenty of excellent colleagues
The perks are good
Vertex makes life-changing therapies for patients

Cons

The company is very isolated from many current standard industry practices
Communication is poor within teams and departments; employees have trouble understanding how to meet company needs
There is little respect for experience and knowledge; many very basic mistakes occur as a result
Lack of direction and focus; a company mission is very hard to identify
People are treated as though they are disposable
There is a chaotic work environment with much sudden quitting and firing of senior people which makes others understandably nervous

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pick a unified mission and pursue it unhesitatingly. Trust your decisions and your abilities.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Watch your back.

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

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great location
    Interesting and really rewarding work
    Free parking
    If you are a full time employee great benefits

    Cons

    Extremely competitive environment
    Politics is king
    If you are a temp you will be treated as such. You are not allowed at the social events (unless invited by FTE)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Broaden your horizons. You talk the 'fearless innovation' talk but when it comes to application you fail to be anything but typical. You know the saying you can tell who a man really is by how he treats the waiter? Well the same goes for a company on how they treat their contractors, and Vertex fails in this department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good compensation benefit. Young employees to work with

    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fast moving, interesting projects. Diverse people. High standard of working environment. Free parking, flexible working hours. V v v v

    Cons

    Politics driven, ego. Managers don't know how to manage. Poor organize due to fast moving. Spending money as throwing trash for overlapping redundant tools, and pay ridiculous fees. Poor retention of good employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be relax.

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