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Updated February 12, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "morale down due to restructurings and lack of transparency"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits
    pay
    location
    infrastructure office layout
    cleanliness of office ( except for the mice running around in building 1)
    cafeteria/ starbucks on site

    Cons

    gossiping at your manager level
    favoritism
    lack of respect
    lack of recognition
    lack of transparency
    unprofessional
    failing trend on revenues at each earnings

    Advice to Management

    be transparent, fair. recognize good work don't let managers do what they want, also judge challenge them to be fair to all levels. improve performance review to 360 performance review, worst review process ever


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Changing culture"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, benefits. Salary and other compensation can be good but you need to start high because there's no real growth.

    Cons

    No career growth for majority of staff, great place to start for entry level but don't plan to stay more than 4-5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Internal candidates can bring new ideas to a new department...no need to always hire externally.


  3. "I.T. Stay Away"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Great group of people doing the work. If you want to work at a company that is trying to make a difference in patients’ lives, this is the place.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch. Re-orgs take place every few months and each time things get even worse than it was before. No clear direction is given and Information Technology is understaffed. Management makes it very difficult for the people who do the work to get things done. Lack of knowledge related to Change Management.

    Advice to Management

    Move people into Director level and above positions that have knowledge of how Biogen Information Technology works and hire the staff needed to perform the work. Bringing in outsiders who had some success at other companies to manage has not been working here at Biogen.


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  5. "Review"

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    Former Contractor - Manufacturing Associate II in Morrisville, NC
    Former Contractor - Manufacturing Associate II in Morrisville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Execellent facilities oon the edge on cunning technology rapidly progressive and produce a quality prodcut.

    Cons

    Staffing is built through nephitisism, management subject to profiling, lacks diversity in employees

    Advice to Management

    diversify your mindset of people in the world


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Patience required"

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

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    The company is working on some amazing products that will change lives- its easy to get behind the mission. To it's credit, the company puts the patient at the center of decision making. With success, the company has resources and uses them to provide a great roster of benefits. The place is very female-friendly with more than 50% of the workforce female.

    Cons

    There is way too much going on. With changing leadership, changing product mix, and changing priorities, the company is swirling. The churn limits opportunities for career growth and development- no one knows what they will be working on over the next year which means they don't know how to staff their teams. People get pigeon holed in their roles and its hard to find new opportunities in the company. Managers do not make time for informational chats so its hard to know what's out there.

    Advice to Management

    Set a direction, stick to it. Develop clear priorities and allow people to staff their teams to deliver. Stick with an organizational structure and build a pipeline for developing talent that makes people want to stay


  7. "Prolonged Transition"

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    Current Employee - Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    -Good work/life balance
    -Good Benefits
    -Smart and friendly Colleagues
    -Quality science

    Cons

    -Prolonged Transition and continued reorganizations have crushed morale and make it difficult to get things done
    -Upper management is detached and seem uninformed
    -Culture change once George announced he was leaving

    Advice to Management

    -Have an informed vision and see it through
    -Respect employees


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Place has changed a lot"

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

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

    Pros

    Overall really great people and interesting science. Really enjoyed coming to work and working with such talent colleagues. Also great comp and benefits.

    Cons

    I was at Biogen six years and the place changed dramatically (for the worse). The politics at the executive level got vicious and once George announced he was leaving, this made things worse. The company has gotten away from the science and teamwork that made it successful. Plus they have backtracked on diversity with many of the recent senior departures being women--so it is back to being a boys club. I’d stay away until see what direction new CEO takes.

    Advice to Management

    Bring Biogen back to what made its culture special and focus on the science not the politics


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Growing pains"

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

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

    Pros

    Free lunches
    Thirsty Thursdays happy hour weekly
    Great coffee throughout
    Decent benefits
    Parking is a perk
    Located near good restaurants

    Cons

    Limited talent pool across functions, especially outside of neuro
    Uninspiring management from top to bottom
    Best people have left or were fired; large chunk of workforce are there to punch the clock
    Outsourcing has impacted quality
    Morale is woeful

    Advice to Management

    Reboot. Purge senior leaders especially those at VP & SVP who have been writing the script for far too long. Stop dabbling in disease areas outside of neuro - it is painful to watch given the limited talent pool. Get tougher with the pontificating jokers and give Assoc to Sr Directors freedom to make decisions. Also time to grow up and cut back in the free food and drink...and the "summer hours" which leads to a serious lack of productivity from June to Sept. Or keep it up and get bought by a real company that wants the few assets in the pipeline.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Leadership lacking."

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Needham, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Go after serious disease
    Work with nice people
    Good compensation
    World wide scope
    Plenty of open desks, pick your favorite!

    Cons

    No stability
    Absent leadership
    Near continual reorganization
    Chases stick price by laying people off to reduce OpEx and make things look better
    Many high quality people let go/left

    Advice to Management

    Show leadership. Truly appreciate employees rather than just say you do.


  11. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; great facilities and labs; deeply committed people across RD and other functions.
    Culture is about the patient always. George is leaving but a great CEO.

    Cons

    Cost cutting seems to have gone crazy. The finance team is running RD. We have a great pipeline and soon launching a first in class therapy for SMA and yet the place is being forced to cut expenses recklessly. Upper management ( the board?) is not in touch.

    Advice to Management

    How much profits do we need to deliver vs invest in the future?



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