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Biogen Reviews

Updated March 24, 2019
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Biogen CEO Michel Vounatsos
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  • "stressful to try to work/life balance" (in 44 reviews)

  • "Upper management has agenda that does not respect employees" (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Science-driven company with pioneering portfolio in neuroscience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - R&D in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innnovative pipeline for patients with serious neurological disorders
    Passionate, smart, energized people
    Strong and inspiring mission to be pioneers in neuroscience
    Clear goals and values

    Cons

    Can be siloed sometimes, need to actively collaborate across functions

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Helpful (5)

    "The company is starting to improve"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary and technology - I wrote a 1 star review last year but now I am upgrading it. Since the old management in my group left and the new management started things are greatly improving. Work / life balance has returned and the manipulation, lies, threat of being fired, etc. has all stopped. Everyone sees now how toxic the past director and VP was to the team and organisation.

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing and the lean and simple model is not working.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing everything over seas. The talent is horrible and its impacting our ability to deliver. Lean and simple is good if you dont go "too lean and stupid". Unfortunately we are on the too lean side and the outsourcing has turned simple into complex stupid. Start listening to your senior people and not just worrying about the bottom line cost.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    competitive salary and benefits, good people, company doing important work (medications)

    Cons

    People often promoted based on who they know, not what they know.

    Advice to Management

    Increase flexibility for workers to improve work/life balance, be more scrupulous when promoting- promotions frequently go to not most qualified candidates


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decision autonomy, benefits are good

    Cons

    No cons to list at this time


  5. Helpful (3)

    "One of the best company in Cambridge"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture, nice people, solid science
    - Decent compensation
    - Lots of career opportunities in various functional areas

    Cons

    Upper management is pushing out both Biogen people and Biogen culture

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Heading down hill fast"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements provided you are in a non lab job

    Cons

    Targeted 2% annual raises. Promotional raises are also very small <5%

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees better. Attrition is incredibly high. Stop blaming managers. The pay is the problem. New upper management doesn't value employees


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible CEO attitude trickling down throughout organization."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Science, benefits, therapeutic areas, free beer Thursday’s

    Cons

    Senior management reflecting the terribly incompetent CEO

    Advice to Management

    Trust your troops: they are the best in the business

  8. "Awesome experience"

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    Former Employee - QC Associate
    Former Employee - QC Associate

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    benefits are great and there is flexibility in hours

    Cons

    none that I can think of


  9. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Business Planning in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Business Planning in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay well

    Cons

    Career development is hard at this level

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Hoping for the best"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Chance to do different things
    Fast pace environment

    Cons

    - Office politics
    - "Who you know, not what you know"
    - Management is more interested in playing games with your career than helping you develop.
    - Little to no representation in upper management
    - Management will not tell you there's a problem until you read about it in your end of year review.
    - Management looks for any reason to not rate you highly during reviews

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing around with people's careers as if there would be no impact. Try caring about your employees instead of what your employees can do for you.