Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President & CEO Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
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Pros
  • Great benefits, competitive salary, focus on therapeutic areas with high unmet needs such as CF (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)

  • Poor senior management, especially financial - cash burn rate is outrageous (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Internship at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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    Former Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Research culture is driven towards incorporating the most advanced academic research into industrial use, where it can reach consumers. Innovation and research seemed to be a real focus and a foundation of the company. They seemed ready to fulfill the needs of science no matter who proposed the need.

    Cons

    Interactions with other interns can be difficult depending on where you are placed. Because everyone in Boston/Cambridge area moved into one building, this may no longer be a problem. Undergraduate interns would have hard time translating internship to a full-time position in R&D, but that's not unusual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not many people are naturally good at managing, and for many scientists, it may be even more difficult. I thoroughly enjoyed working with my mentors, but it might be good to help scientists become better managers too to some extent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. "Amazing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Will never regret the time I spent three years at Vertex. It was the best three years of my professional career.

    Cons

    I truly have none to report except that I had to leave.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. Excellent

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    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    One of the best place to work. Very healthy atmosphere to work.

    Cons

    I did not experience any regret in working for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Friendly people, committed to their work, flexible with hours and time.

    Cons

    Sometimes things are quite slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much - keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Experienced R&D organization, but still "young" as a commercial organization - room to improve and grow...

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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

    Pros

    Great benefits and office location

    Cons

    Lack of integrity with some middle to senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider middle to senior management code of ethics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great place to work

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    Current Contractor - QA Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - QA Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, friendly environment. Very much enjoyed my experience there.

    Cons

    Got the feel upper management is still figuring out big picture org structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In house development, move away from vendor software development. AGILE development. Waterfall should be a thing of the past!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Amazing company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing, 4 weeks of vacation, 1 week sick time, and 2 floating holidays to start. Health benefits are out of this world, and the company closes every year for the winter holidays (amounts to an additional 7-9 business days off). Company is focused on retaining talent and personal development. Offers great commuter benefits, too.

    Cons

    working in Boston can get a bit expensive. Vertex does a good job compensating commuters, but the surroundings are pretty expensive (food, etc.). Not a lot of shopping in South Boston, so gas, groceries, etc. needs to be purchased outside of working hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. good company,

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

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good company to work for, pay very dependent on stock performance,

    Cons

    too frequent changes in upper level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Overall good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientific Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Scientific Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Smart people and great work/life balance culture and a generous vacation time policy. Friday beer socials are great for hanging out with colleagues. I have a lot of independence and I'm not micromanaged. Can be fulfilling working on treating rare and challenging diseases.

    Cons

    If you don't work in Boston or close to it, commuting to the waterfront can be a real pain (though it's nice once you're there). Salaries are OK but not great, although it can be made up for if you're there long enough to vest your stock awards (and the stock price doesn't fall). There can be the usual BS office politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to ideas from the people that work here and don't just pay lip service to that notion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company with awesome benefits.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, positive company outlook

    Cons

    No cons to share at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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