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Biogen Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible place to work at."

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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 a year)

    Pros

    good benefit, smart scientist at the time when I joined.

    Cons

    Every year re-org, employee is horribly treated! High level managers never care!

    Advice to Management

    Frequent re-org can not prove you are good at management. No one wants to work at a place where they have to worry for the future everyday.


  2. "Nice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very friendly. Good paid. Fun.

    Cons

    Management changes its direction so often

  3. "Good company, but in transition"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company does extraordinary work and is filled with high-quality people.

    Cons

    Lots management changes and reorganizations over the last 18 months. More change likely in the near future.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people and culture. Make the next round of re-orgs the last for at least a year.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Rome has fallen"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Very, very grateful to Biogen, George Scangos, Tony Kingsley, Doug Williams, John Cox, and Paul Clancy for some truly awesome years of learning and growth. Those executives were among the best in Fortune 500.

    Cons

    An absolutely amazing company rotted from the inside in a matter of two years. What's left is a rotting carcass. Exodus of incredible talent, some from layoffs, others voluntarily. CEO has no idea what he is doing. 6 months behind closed doors with McKinsey talking about god knows what, in the meantime hemorrhaging the last remnants of top talent. Board made a huge mistake pushing executives out. They made some mistakes, yes, but we ditched imperfect but highly talented executives and the result was chaos and destruction. It will take years to rebuild what we had and it can't be done with this CEO.

    By the way, Indeed reviews for Biogen are very clearly manipulated. Glassdoor reviews seem to be giving an honest assessment of the situation overall.

    Advice to Management

    Not even sure what to say. We all posted here in the Fall with advice and CEO did the exact opposite bringing McKinsey in for secretive closed door discussions. You had one chance to re-boot and build trust and you totally blew it.


  5. "Area Business Manager"

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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

    Great leadership, benefits and support for sales team.

    Cons

    None. I would work here again in a second!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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 (3)

    "Director"

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    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. Helpful (3)

    "Career for scientist"

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    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.


  9. "Sales force effectiveness manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great salary, great bonuses and other incentives

    Cons

    At times there are political plays over ownership of various tasks and projects. Some employees will try and position themselves as leaders of these projects at the expense of colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the benefits each employee brings to the company at all times.


  10. "Fading from glory, but looking for redemption"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and people. Good culture at face value if only everyone lived it. Could be good again, the potential is still there. Very green and environmentally conscious company

    Cons

    Leadership, lack of global harmonization, people, systems becoming antiquated, its not what you know its who you know, what have you done for lately

    Advice to Management

    People are listed as both a pro and a con in my review. Take that to heart and weed out the bad eggs. You have a great company but there are too many hangers on and people operating above their knowledge and experience level. Time for new blood that shares the company's ambition and goals!


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