Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
109 Reviews
3.7
109 Reviews
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President & CEO 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.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company to work for

    • 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

    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
  3.  

    good company,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Overall good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with awesome benefits.

    • 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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, positive company outlook

    Cons

    No cons to share at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  9. 3 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11. 3 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

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