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Good company with balanced work/life environment

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Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Flexibility, Good people, Great scientist minds

Cons

Hiring decision takes long time

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
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  1. 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Worst company to be a contractor

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 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
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