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Biogen Overview

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Cambridge, MA
5001 to 10000 employees
1978
Company - Public (BIIB)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
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Working at Biogen

One of the pioneers in biotechnology, Biogen today has the leading portfolio of medicines to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), has the first and only approved treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and is at the forefront of research into new medicines for neurological and ... Read more

Mission: We are focused on areas with the potential to have the most impact and benefit for patients worldwide, developing life-changing treatments for people suffering from devastating conditions. Driven to improve patients’ lives, our research and development efforts are ... Read more


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work:2013 (#40)

Biogen Reviews

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Biogen CEO Michel Vounatsos
Michel Vounatsos
23 Ratings
  • "Good company, but in transition"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company does extraordinary work and is filled with high-quality people.

    Cons

    Lots management changes and reorganizations over the last 18 months. More change likely in the near future.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people and culture. Make the next round of re-orgs the last for at least a year.

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Biogen Photos

Biogen photo of: In the Community Lab, local students come to Biogen for hands-on science experience
Biogen photo of: Biogen scientists work to better understand diseases for which there are no or inadequate treatments, and create novel medicines that benefit individuals afflicted by those diseases
Biogen photo of: Biogen's focus on sustainability is exemplified with terrariums in the Smart Energy display in Global Headquarters
Biogen photo of: An example of a collaboration space in use
Biogen photo of: The lobby of Global Headquarters highlights the pipeline, visionary scientists, the company's history, and more
Biogen photo of: A view of the work environment in the Phillip A. Sharp Building, Global Headquarters
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Biogen Interviews

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    Director Interview

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    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Biogen.

    Interview

    Contacted by recruiter, then invited to onsite interview. Extraordinarily poor communication from HR- for example, they sent me the interview schedule for another confidential candidate, and I noted that on that candidate's schedule, a cut-and-paste error had left the name of the third confidential candidate. On the plus side, at least I knew my competition. Also, they emailed me on the day of the interview to ask if I could arrive an hour earlier. I was traveling and did not get this email (they should have called my cell), so when I showed up at what I thought was half an hour EARLY, I was actually half an hour late.

    Interview Questions

    • HR asked the standard behavioral questions, from a script. Tell me about a time when....
      Some of the senior stakeholders asked pointed questions about resource allocation and management; they were clearly shopping for someone who would take their side in what appeared to be continuous turf wars in an undersized facility.   Answer Question
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Company Updates

  • At Biogen, we pledge to minimize our impact on the environment. Learn more: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ9Cl

  • We're proud to again be among the Top Green Companies in the U.S./World via Newsweek ‪2016 Green Rankings http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIqY2

    Green 2016

    The Newsweek Green Rankings are one of the world's most recognized assessments of corporate environmental performance.

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Biogen Awards & Accolades

  • Ranked #1 (3-way tie) on best companies to work for to have an impact on the world, Business Insider, 2016
  • Top Green Company in the U.S., Newsweek, 2016
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