Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
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Pros
  • Great benefits for full time employees (in 10 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is great, but it does depend on your group dynamics (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The company does actively promote that employees maintain a work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management does not take care of lower level staff (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brighton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brighton, MA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Such a great place to work! I met a lot of amazing people here!

    Cons

    I didn't experience this, but some individuals and/or groups had long hours, not enough of a work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire great people...it makes going to work everyday worth it!


  2. Helpful (1)

    VP, Human Resources

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people and the mission are great. Collaboration around the science and among colleagues from all backgrounds is exceptional

    Cons

    The leadership is challenged, and the long-term commitment to finding new therapies is questionable. A definite trend to become "big pharma", and stop innovating, is present, and starts at the very top.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great benefits, committed people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, value of work, innovative science. Depending on function, good people and opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Politics, favoritism, some incompetent people, indecision and micromanaging from senior management

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people to make decisions or hire new ones. Don't allow favoritism to drive valuable employees away while the dregs flourish.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    It *was* great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The stock price is poised to go through the roof. Working on the edge of the financial district in the Innovation District is way cool.

    Cons

    The CEO and the rest of the C team are reviled for their exorbitant salaries. The price of Vertex's drugs is controversial. The Silver Line is so crowded, it's faster to walk to South Station. The politics are tough; if you get on the wrong side of someone powerful, there's no future for you. There's a solid chance that Vertex will get bought, in which case jobs will be lost.

    Advice to Management

    It was a great run, but Vertex can never again be the great little company with the loyal workforce. Too many long timers were let go in the name of cost cutting. It was great while it lasted...


  6. Helpful (5)

    Management disrespectful to employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee benefits are good - the stock awards are why people are hesitant to leave, vacation / time off at year end

    Cons

    Micromanagement, politics, devaluing employees, corporate greed, lying to employees, no training for new people without experience, two faced (corporate values sound good but they aren't lived)

    Advice to Management

    They've gotten all the feedback from employee surveys but don't care - just cash in on their stock and bonuses without regard to how to treat people


  7. Great place to intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, people are not only friendly but many are very willing to teach you new skills. Generally, the atmosphere is highly conducive to learning and becoming more skilled in your areas of interest.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities to continue working here after internship.


  8. Great benefits, breakthrough science, lots of politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is truly inspiring to work on transformative medicines of this kind. Colleagues are very smart and generally hard-working. Benefits package is great.

    Cons

    Very political, top-down management, frequent meeting overload, often the processes in place are poorly designed and result in last-minute fire drills or lack of clarity regarding what needs to be delivered when.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Great vision, patient focused, passionate people

    Cons

    There are issues at any company. Any issues here are not worth noting.


  10. Innovative place to work

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

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Vertex is willing to take risks by implementing cutting edge technology and has a fast-paced culture that is compatible with finding success in an inherently risky business. I enjoy working at Vertex because my work is on the forefront of my field and I am given enormous support to move forward with my ideas. The salary is good, and the benefits are unmatched.

    Cons

    The culture is fast-paced and not for everyone. Tight timelines are common at Vertex, and patience can often run out.


  11. Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative culture. Rapidly growth creates many opportunities. Interesting work that makes difference in people's health. Fun place to work with intelligent motivated colleagues.

    Cons

    Growth is highly dependent on FDA approvals of new drug programs. The binary nature of the approvals combined with very long leads creates uncertainty. Now that the company has had major approvals there is sustained opportunity for financial stability. I left when there was still much program insecurity.

    Advice to Management

    On a roll now. Keep it going though think about the implications of rapid change on all employees.



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