Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
97 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)

  • 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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  1.  

    An eye-opening and wonderful learning experience for Students

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

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals as an intern for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    intern

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fun 3 years.

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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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

    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.

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    NA

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