Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
97 Reviews

3.6
97 Reviews
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President & CEO Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
32 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, competitive salary, focus on therapeutic areas with high unmet needs such as CF (in 10 reviews)

  • Very unique organization with great people and a lot of opportunity for growth (with or without PhD) (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The work-life balance that they offer applies only if you are in the first group (in 6 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fantastic first job which grew stale due to to their direction of research

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist I  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist I in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Back in 2006 when I first joined the site in San Diego, Vertex was a special place. Scientists were excited about their work and one could sense the enthusiasm at project team meetings. Personally, I had a great experience my first 6 years there. The work-life balance is great, but it does depend on your group dynamics. And from what I've observed, the benefits are right up there at par with the best companies.

    Cons

    Vertex has experienced an immense growth phase due to the success of 2 marketed drugs. As a result, the bureaucracy has increased to a ridiculous amount. The values of the company have had to shift due to being a publicly traded company. There is nothing really exciting behind the CF drugs, so if they don't continue to work in the clinic, I smell trouble for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great science, great company.

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits and an infectious work atmosphere to foster innovative research culture. A strong-willed leadership team drives this company forward.

    Cons

    The company is currently in a state of flux due to pending study results. While this creates a level of uncertainty, the company vision is becoming clearer due to strong leadership at the CEO position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Much to be learned

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    Current Employee - Clinical Trials Associate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Trials Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, Some nice co-workers, Time off, compensation

    Cons

    Your experience and growth completely depends on what project you are on and the individuals involved. Clinical line management is completely unprofessional and untrained. Line management does not support employees when the facts are present if the concern comes from a higher position. Line management discloses confidential information to other employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take training to truly understand your position, have integrity, support your employees when the truth is present, do not exalt your favorite reports as it creates a negative environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    people are great and hard working

    Cons

    Politics for moving up chain

  6.  

    Great science & Great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Very unique organization with great people and a lot of opportunity for growth (with or without PhD). There is a commitment and passion for science. It's also a very challenging, dynamic, and exciting collaborative environment. Management is open and attentive. Great benefits for full time employees.

    Cons

    Depending on the project, weekends, long hours, and holidays may be expected on a regular basis. Sometimes because it's a smaller company, personnel resourcing may be an issue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    transformative medicine is key

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    science oriented and highly motivated, very good benefits, competitive culture, great place to work

    Cons

    I have a very good career here and nothing to write cons. I see the cons present everywhere and look whether I enjoy working here and I do.

  8.  

    Great employees, innovative and ambitious company

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great employees, innovative and ambitious company

    Cons

    No significant cons to working here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours and competitive salary. Offers opportunity to grow and learn.

    Cons

    Can be stressful for temporary position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    program management and operations

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Location of office (waterfront in Boston)

    Cons

    lack of future growth and direction

  11.  

    Pretty good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice workspace and coworkers.

    Cons

    People seem to advance based more upon "who" they know, rather than "what" they know. There is a lot of micromanaging which seems to be a waste of time. Too many meetings and not enough execution. No clear levels of communication between departments so the same work is often repeated by various groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline your systems. Stop allowing departments to "tweak" programs for their own needs which later don't correspond to other department needs. Improve and foster open communication between departments. Promote based on work output, not popularity.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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