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Updated February 17, 2018
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Biogen CEO Michel Vounatsos
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Pros
  • work life balance is excellent at Biogen (in 81 reviews)

  • Great benefits, work life balance (in 93 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "building the pipeline!"

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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

    Pros

    Ambitious company with very strong growth in mid stage pipeline. Very science focused and evidence based allocation of resources. Expect great things as key assets readout over the coming years

    Cons

    Rocky period of reorgs over last couple of years, but things have setted and are now picking up speed under new leadership

  3. "Market Access & Reimbursement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Great products; patient focused company;

    Cons

    Constant turnover; struggling corporate culture, uncertain future


  4. "IT Director"

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    Current Employee - IT Partner in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - IT Partner in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Innovative. Great pipeline. Constantly forward thinking.

    Cons

    Talent Management. Inability to move up in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Talent acquisition should not trump internal leadership development.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Company is awesome, experience is dependent on your Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic. The pay is great in some roles. Flexible work arrangements and WFH options are good. Pay for school and professional development has never been an issue.

    Cons

    Your experience depends on how your direct manager likes you. Your direct manager has complete control over your career. Leveling of position is NOT based on the work done, but on the person in the role and can be very bias. Not as much experience in the higher management levels which shows in the number of fires going on at the same time. Very competitive which makes working as a team very difficult. Can be a bit cliquish and it is hard to succeed if you are not a member of the right clique.

    Advice to Management

    think about the affects on the employees with the constant change in management. Look closely at HR and how they encourage promotions to ensure people are promoted based on their experience and education, not on how much the upper management like them or not. We will not grow and be as successful as we can be if that continues.


  6. "IT Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, good people, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Exceptional amount of leader turnover


  7. "Great, good old boy style was creeping in"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive pay. People are friendly and you can have a work life balance. Healthy living is encouraged

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by- it’s who knows you. Women make up the majority of the workforce but most of the managers are men. Minority groups also seldom make it up the food chain.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage diversity- having an accent is not a bad attribute

  8. "Overall experience"

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

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, work/life balance, culture

    Cons

    Team building is the only thing I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    More transparent


  9. "Great Company, Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    the vision, its mission and the people that are committed to making a difference in the lives of patients

    Cons

    Diversity is no longer focus of senior management

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the routes. Truly care deeply!


  10. Helpful (5)

    "New Biogen is pro-revenue not pro-employee"

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

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, nice office location, fringe benefits are good too

    Cons

    Good employees have left Biogen over last 2 years. Only politicals are left. You can find highly unskilled and inexperienced people at key positions. Leadership is extremely fragile who are not able to defend their own strategies and vision. Very frequent reorgs and work pressure. The company is only looking for revenue and savings at the cost of employee satisfaction at the work.

    Advice to Management

    Make strategy, then make sure the leadership understands it and they are able to translate it into priorities and convince and motivate employees at levels below them


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