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Biogen Cambridge Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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  1. "QC Associate"

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    Former Employee - QC Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - QC Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Work-Life balance, nice people

    Cons

    Too much politics and favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Have Sr. leadership communicate better with lower levels


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Good company, but unsettled"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Colleagues are friendly and it's a very collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Consulting company's presence is a huge red flag, no matter how upper management tries to spin it. People are nervous and "process improvement" is fancy talk for "lay offs." I'd be careful accepting an offer from Biogen until things settle.

    Advice to Management

    Openness is essential. Paranoia is high and no communication = green light to start looking elsewhere for more career stability.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Things have definitely changed over the last couple of years"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, summer hours, Thursday happy hour, enough money (generally) to purchase equipment, average pay + bonuses

    Cons

    There is a general problem with management - they don't/won't/can't manage! Little interest in people's career development, advancement, or dealing with issues. There's a 'go along to get along' mentality among the management teams. Always a reorg coming around the corner and people scrambling for cover. Managers are unable/unwilling to articulate their vision, if it even exists.

    Morale issues in Technical Development - people lie/cheat/steal to get ahead and this is encouraged by the current administration. People steal the work of others and claim it as their own while management refuses to address the issue even when provided with overwhelming evidence.

    Company takes surveys and then ignores the results/comments. VP's don't want to hear anything negative and the line management refuses to communicate issues upwards as it might reflect poorly on them.

    Numerous groups don't believe in cultural/ethnic diversity and these managers use this to their advantage to bully and intimidate subordinates. These managers won't delegate any responsibility to their team then complain about how busy they are, won't reply to emails, or VM's. They also refuse to take accountability when deliverables are late or just plain wrong.

    Some dept heads won't hire the best candidates if they feel like 'threatened' (i.e, 'I am incompetent and they might take my job') by the skills/talents/experience of a prospective employee. Thus you're left dealing with people who can't execute, which leads to a variety of issues.

    Wasn't always like this but the culture has changed following numerous reorganizations, which often don't make any sense. Place is like a ghost town in the summer - people have checked out and often 'work from home'.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your offices and talk to the people actually doing the work. Hold people accountable when there are actionable issues. Listen to your employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "It's been a rough few years. Too many layoffs and good people gone."

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Exciting science. Great chance to learn new skills and collaborate with others. Salary is nice. Great benefits. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Management doesn't know what they're doing. Typical corporate BS. Lots of captains. Not enough soldiers. They always complain that not enough is developed in house, but then they lay off a bunch of people and wonder why.

    Advice to Management

    We could do fine with half of you gone.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but in transition"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    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.


  6. "Biogen Reporting & Submissions Contract Associate"

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    Former Contractor - Biogen Reporting & Submissions Contract Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Biogen Reporting & Submissions Contract Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy access via public transportation
    Smart and friendly people to work with
    Excellent compensation

    Cons

    Tight fiscal policies stand in the way of conversion to permanent status
    Training can be frustrating as everyone is busy all the time


  7. "It's pronounced MEE-SHELL, duhhhh"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, even for interns, are very good. Working for Biogen also gives you the chance to work alongside some of the most talented individuals in the industry. Biogen is a fun company to work for because they have a silly amount of money to throw around to keep their employees happy. There is free food and beer every week, summer hours available, and flexible work schedules, just to name a few.

    Cons

    There seems to be a large gap between upper management and individual contributors/managers. Often times employees feel more in the dark about the company's future than members of the public.

    There is also a big issue with keeping and fostering the talent that they have. Biogen is great at hiring some of the best people available, but makes little or no effort to keep them around, and favors external hires over growing talent from within.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Positive atmosphere and excellent resources"

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    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many resources at one's disposal, an emphasis on collaboration, friendly and supportive coworkers, great pay

    Cons

    It takes time to implement new ideas, management does not take full use of employees input in making innovations

    Advice to Management

    Take more advantage of your employees skills for innovation and staying relevat


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Career for scientist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Well located at Cambridge

    Cons

    Mid-level managers have favorites and thus performance ratings are biased. More work assignments , less career growth.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent culture in Bio 2, great work / life balance, management really cared about their people

    Cons

    it became cost prohibitive to manufacture biologics in Cambridge so they sold the building


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