Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Boston, MA

I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Pros

Innovative, fast paced, great culture

Cons

No room for growth for scientists

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    An extremely dynamic environment with very intelligent and motivated people.

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    Current Employee - Medical Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Medical Director in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Vertex has a culture of innovation and teamwork. It is truly a company in a growth phase and has the potential to do great things. It also takes care of its own.

    Cons

    Still in flux as it is growing.

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    Trust and delegate to your employees who are more than capable.

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  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Know what you're getting into

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

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people working at Vertex- bright, committed, energetic, and fun. The benefit package is excellent, especially the paid time off. They encourage community involvement in many regards.

    Cons

    The environment is very political - even office space is handed out by how much the VP of Operations likes your boss. And if you even pretend to have a life outside the company, you will not get ahead. Staff development is an afterthought here, and many managers completely lack this as a core competency and rely on HR to have the tough conversations for them.

    There are also a lot of folks there who seem to serve no other purpose than to create bureaucracy. The organization is extremely top heavy, and VP titles are handed out like candy on Halloween, creating a level of management that are leaders in title, but not in capability or responsibility. Some people's jobs are reduced to a fraction of their prior responsibility due to lack of capability, and yet they retain their title. The organization works in silos with one hand actively ignoring what the other is doing, leading to re-work and confusion, as well as overlapping roles that lack proper definition and appropriate communication.

    As someone else posted here: though new ideas are encouraged, be careful who you voice them to. If you happen to get on the CSO's bad side - watch out. It only takes one wrong move, or the hearsay of one person, to get you blacklisted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though Vertex claims to be trying to create a new kind of pharma company, they're bringing in all old pharma people with the same old ideas and creating the same old lumbering machine. Only when you embrace new ideas will you truly create a new kind of company.

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