Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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5 people found this helpful  

Bad idea to take this job

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Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA

I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Interesting science
Quality research organization
Pay and benefits

Cons

Poor senior management, especially financial - cash burn rate is outrageous. Tend to throw money at problems and duplicate efforts throughout the organization.
Politics trumps all - winners and losers in that game. Losers are too often the competent people.
Disconnect between values and behavior
Irresponsible hiring/firing - you may get a nice offer today but don't be surprised if you are laid off in six months!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Acknowledge where you are. Great science cannot save this company. If you report net losses on 1+ billion of revenues, you have serious money management problems.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst company to be a contractor

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If your a perm employee- lots of vacation and great perks
    if your a contractor-nice cafeteria

    Cons

    Worst company to be a contractor. You are told your part of the vertex family but then are not invited to company functions because you are a contractor, constantly being let known you are expendable and admins and upper management are allowed to treat you like your are their servant. You cannot complain because you are a contractor. Too many managers who can never agree so you are constantly being given conflicting information.On the financial side, I have seen extreme waste of money by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember your contractors are people and deserve to be treated like people not drones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    My worst nightmare

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    22 days of vacations + christmas week
    free parking

    Cons

    Three kind of persons: The ones that rule, usually very young with little experience (The only place that I have work where a person can be promoted to Sr Director with less than 5 years of experience). If you are liked by them, you become one of them. If you are not liked, you have two options - 1) Stay and be miserable until they get rid of you (I believe that 50 - 75% of their employees get fired and they usually are the more knowledgeable and experienced) , or 2) Leave because you cannot stand the working environment.

    The work-life balance that they offer applies only if you are in the first group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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