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Biogen Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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  • Maintaining a great work-life balance is your own responsibility (in 39 reviews)

  • Upper management does not seem to appreciate hard working people anymore and opt for a cheaper offshore workforce (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "A good place to work at"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance; good benefits.

    Cons

    Too many changes in recent years


  2. "Positive atmosphere and excellent resources"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Career for scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "Come to ride it out before retirement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starting salary, work life balance, benefits, vacation and sabbatical program

    Cons

    Advancement is slow in the junior scientific positions (min 2 years), not meritocratic but based on seniority, many senior leadership come here when they are ready to stop advancing, IT is awful - very advanced in science, limited by IT, HR has antiquated policies that make top talent leave rather than develop internally, job titles are meaningless - range for someone with 2-4 years experience could go from entry level on the science side to manager in a commercial area (get this - pay ranges are the same)

    Advice to Management

    Fix HR so that the employees who want to advance (and most of the value) don't have to leave to get what they want. This leaves just the complacent there for the long term.

    Either decide that IT should be internal or outsourced. The time it takes to use the software and computers we have for science literally takes up 50% of people's time. The people in IT are just documenting things all the time and not delivering any value. Most of the increases in efficiency could come from moderate spend, but IT is unwilling to acknowledge sunk cost of legacy platforms. Our software is 15 years behind our science.


  6. "Not so good...."

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits, great location.

    Cons

    A lot of change, layoffs and constant reorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop make phony statements like "Care deeply and work fearlessly".


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; access to training and development. Very competitive pay. Wonderful people below senior execs who really care about patients and world class Dev Organization

    Cons

    New CEO is killing off what was great. McKinsey is running the show and people fear more layoffs. The executive team is totally out of touch with what is really happening. It's very sad. No one dares dissent.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to Merck

  8. "Biogen as a company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits for self and family

    Cons

    no clear career path and lack of authenticity in LT

    Advice to Management

    walk the walk - authenticity


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Company changed a lot"

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    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Biogen has a very good reputation in the biotech industry and it has been very successful until it started going down the hill since 2015.

    Cons

    Biogen has had many setbacks and did not make the right strategic decisions to stay at the top. For that reason, many employees were let go, the atmosphere started becoming toxic and many employees quit the company. One of biogen's motto is "caring deeply"; if Biogen truly cares deeply for the patients and for external stakeholders, it is untrue for its own employees.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that a large proportion of the employees are not happy and are disengaged and are looking for other opportunities. Senior Management (together with HR which has an unusual strong power in this company) must take action and must take care of the employees.


  10. "Not so great"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is great, benefits are great, head of HR is awesome.

    Cons

    Management is not great, they don't offer anything but headaches

    Advice to Management

    leaving and go make a mess of another company


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