Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated May 18, 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. 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    An eye-opening and wonderful learning experience for Students

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    Former Intern - Electro physiology in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Electro physiology in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Vertex @ SD served free breakfast and held community gatherings. Held numerous promotions for CF in the surrounding community.

    Cons

    A great degree of bureaucracy. People mind their own business and the scientists appeared more pessimistic than usual.

    Advice to Management

    Allow students to diversify their exposure to big Pharma, even if they are interning inside a particular cell culture lab in the electrophysiology department (i.e. Expose them to process and development, HTS, etc.) Diversification is important for students (especially the interns!).


  3. intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    nice working environment, working with a group of intelligent people

    Cons

    for me, it's kind of far away from home. it took me a lot of time to commute.

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Helpful (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 (More than 8 years)

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can be stressful for temporary position

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (1)

    A fun 3 years.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Very fun work environment. The benefits were far above average.

    Cons

    hard to move up in position. underpaid compared to other equivalent companies.


  8. Helpful (3)

    NA

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    Former Employee - Contract Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Contract Scientist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Breakfast every morning. Happy hour every Friday. Yoga every week.

    Cons

    Very political. Tries to give the impression that employees are free to express their ideas and opinions when actually they are punished for doing so.

    Advice to Management

    NA



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