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Biogen Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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  • Maintaining a great work-life balance is your own responsibility (in 41 reviews)

  • Upper management has agenda that does not respect employees (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Associate Director"

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

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people focused on an important mission.

    Cons

    New leadership changeover. Lots of "senior/older" folks replaced with new/younger hires.

    Advice to Management

    Keep great people and institutional knowledge.


  2. "intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good company and good team

    Cons

    no cons found during the intern

  3. "Good people, beurocracy and politics rule the company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very nice people, and atmosphere of acceptance.

    Cons

    No career advancement opportunities. Senior management is not engaged, all work done in silos

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and get involved


  4. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and employee perks, A wealth of really smart, highly talented people. Work environment is open space concept and wonderfully bright and cheery.

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth and pay limited for some. Over the past few years there have been layoffs, to the point of lots of uncertainty and a constant feeling among many of when will the next one hit.


  5. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Management allows you the autonomy to contribute at your own pace with your own ideas.
    - Cross functional experiences with groups inside and outside your designated department.
    - Fantastic development programs such as resume building, intern lunches with VPs/former interns, etc.
    - Assigned a manager and an individual contributor for mentorship throughout the program

    Cons

    - Your projects are likely low priority. Thus it is often hard to gather the information needed from key stakeholders (full-time employees are very busy).
    - Little orientation on things needed in individual departement/job role e.g. jargon, acronyms, daily responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    - Ensure that the intern is on track with his/her project with weekly 1:1 meetings
    - Teach interns the basics of business in addition to his/her project. For example, how to run an effective meeting, setting agendas, etc.


  6. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for; great science; talented people; very flexible work environment; great benefits; bus service; willing to do things creatively; still has elements of small company culture

    Cons

    trying to grow too fast; trying to become big Pharma like

    Advice to Management

    don't become big Pharma like; try to maintain the entrepreneurial culture; kudos for being more transparent than in the past


  7. "Patient centric organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    People, the legacy, the name, the career opportunities, patient focused, people who really care about the patients and products

    Cons

    New management which is a change with exciting times ahead

  8. "Invigorating work culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Patient - centric. Driving decision making to right functions and levels. Diverse portfolio. Increasing global impact. Good benefits including sabbatical after 6 years in service.

    Cons

    Neuro disease focus is a challenge and will require patience. This may be difficult to reconcile with short term Wall Street needs. Nimble decision making will increase uncertainty in workplace roles, responsibilities and locations.

    Advice to Management

    Good transparency to date. Continue to trust and share.


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    "Terrible Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits
    Great people

    Cons

    Incompetent leadership
    Lack of communication at all levels
    Extremely low morale
    Zero trust in leadership
    Future of the company is unclear

    Advice to Management

    You need to start leading. Have a vision and trust your teams to make that vision a reality. Rebuild trust, provide clear direction, stop the constant restructuring. Nobody will be successful including you if you cannot do these things. If you need to spend millions to have an outside consulting group come in to tell you how to run your business or do your jobs then you should be replaced.


  10. "Manufacturing associate ll"

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    Current Employee - Ma Lll in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Ma Lll in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Biogen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    None at this time good company

    Advice to Management

    Keep open communication


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