Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
104 Reviews
3.5
104 Reviews
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President & CEO Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    All Things Considered, a Positive Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Vertex retains the frenzied mindset of a start-up while providing the rewards of a mature company. So if you've never worked in a start-up it's going to seem a bit chaotic. Good salary and excellent benefits. Mostly good people throughout with the usual caveats about dealing with science PhD's on a regular basis. Probably no different from other biotech/small pharma in that regard. Surprisingly useful HR people. Well balanced focus between patients and bottom line - only companies that stay in business help patients. Will pay for some training but be prepared to vigorously put forward your case. As the OP said Vertex is not a place for the faint of heart.

    Cons

    Very big on the 'corporate values' to the point where its almost cult-like. How well you 'live the values' is actually a dimension on your review. Values are not atypical but if you've worked for > 10 years you may find it annoying.

    Some people complain about the work-life unbalance, but it's a function of the business. I've yet to find a development organization that has anything approaching balance. By and large one is dealing with dedicated people If you are in a support group then you need to keep up with that. If you are, as used in the movie Jerry Maguire, a 'paycheck player' then you are liable not to be happy here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. The patients can't wait!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Watching Vertex Grow Up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Super bright scientists, top notch research, excellent benefits, and an unbeatable vacation policy (4 weeks starting PLUS a week off for the holidays). Most people are pleasant to work with, although with a company the size of Vertex, there are all different types of personality types. The new offices in Boston are gorgeous and the ocean views can't be beat. The surrounding neighborhood is up and coming and can only become better as more businesses move in to the area.

    Cons

    The company has had to go through the growing pains of becoming a smaller, "wild west" company to becoming a true corporation. Many management changes and reorganizations have changed the culture a bit and have added a level of uncertainty to the atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Changed from Fun Place to Work, to Just Another Big Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good location, some great people to work with

    Cons

    Culture changed significantly; less agile and fun to more corporatey and fearfilled, a lot of good co-workers left or were let go, incredibly top heavy in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider promotions for worker bees more often, reduce political infighting, try to shift culture back to a place where people looked forward to going to in the morning, remove incompetent managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I Love Vertex

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a great place to work with great pay and benefits. Vertex Boston is located on the water fount of South Boston and has great views a great selection of local places to eat and visit. The buildings were just opened at the beginning of 2014 so we are currently in brand new start of the art lab space.

    Cons

    there are not many. One would be the commute. Driving into Boston during rush hour on 93 is the pits!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My management understands me and try as hard as it can to communicate relevant information to us reguarly. I feel well informed about the workings and financial status of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Toxic BD Group - don't work for or with!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong senior management below the Executive Team that gets things done.

    Cons

    BD organization has been a revolving door for the past decade or more. Not a partner of choice with other companies and poor alliance management. Acting head of BD likes to slander team and members of management. Fits in with culture of senior leadership disappearing in the middle of the night without a trace - most of time it is based upon personality clashes. CFO now has too much say in science and questionable morals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over with BD and CFO. Build a strong BD team from scratch to work with the R&D organization in order to enhance it rather than destroy it. Improve HR and culture. It's cheaper and more effective to build senior leadership rather than recycle. No longer tolerate toxic culture or team members. A few more High EQ people would help.

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

    A Sinking Ship . .watching it slowly drop into the water

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are the best around. The staff and lower management levels are a dream to work with.

    Cons

    You can be stabbed in the back at anytime by upper level and even mid level management. They have no clue about loyalty and longevity. They care about new blood and how much money they can make. The Vertex values I knew are gone.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Worst Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Commuter benefits
    401k
    Stock plans
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Base pay is less than all the competitors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at Vertex

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Compensation
    Good Swag
    Fun, helpful colleagues

    Cons

    Processes can be a bit confusing at times
    Working with TPOs a bit challenging since they were not always trusted to do the work. This resulted in the full time employees doing quite a bit of double work.

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    It was a great place to work. The best thing was the way the company was efficiently ran. The best place ever.

    Cons

    Nothing was a challenge. It was a great place to work. The best thing was the way the company was efficiently ran. The best place ever.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time to Clean out the Middle Managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, vacation time and one off perks! Great coworkers and an opportunity to have an impact on life threatening diseases. Lots of learning and resume building opportunity that you don't necessarily get at other companies (how many other companies in the area have successfully brought drugs to the market in the past 5 years, let alone multiple drugs?).

    Cons

    Current culture is very different even from a few years ago. Middle managers (department heads especially) have adopted a "do as I say, not as I do" attitude. Bad behavior is rampant in many forms - screaming and yelling at meetings, temper tantrums in the office and gossiping with direct reports. There also seems to be a lack of opportunity for promotion for those in the lower / entry level positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your managers are doing and follow up. Don't just assume things are running along smoothly. Its those departments that have a lack of oversight that are running wild and ruining the culture and individual department morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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