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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. "Not so good...."

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    • Senior Management
    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".


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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

  3. "Racist People"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    -Pay is way above
    -Benefits are great
    -A few good people

    Cons

    -clicky
    -racist: seen many people of color leave to work elsewhere. they don't stay at biogen very long. Even during the hiring process felt like the hiring managers were questioning my academic credentials. Got the job anyway. Someone overheard a manager say that if I spoke more like a white person I would have been promoted.
    -laying people off without notice
    -lots of changing over the last year

    Advice to Management

    HR is racist. hiring process is racist. better training. recognize/reward people for good work.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Once a great company is now dead"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - IT in Weston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, PAY, the head of HR

    Cons

    Most if not all of the IT leadership. Remove CISO, from leadership ! because that person is unapproachable, and close minded . Have them focus on security and get out of the way !

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP. Listen to the people doing the work. Have meaningful roundtables with people. DO NOT listen to any of VP's, SVP's of IT, they are only telling you want you want to hear ! Enough of the lip service and window dressing.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "I Do Not Recommend Working Here As A Temp"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Morrisville, NC
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Morrisville, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen as a contractor

    Pros

    It seems like a good place to work at as a full-time permanent employee. Coworkers are nice, security guards and cafeteria staff provide an at home feeling they remember everybody and are very friendly.

    Cons

    Although I do feel as if Biogen would be a decent place to work at as a full-time permanent employee my experience there was as a contractor in the patient services department and that was the longest 6 months of my life. They made sure you knew you were a temporary employee and nothing more. As a contractor you were not allowed to participate in anything they had going on. When I say nothing I mean nothing. They had team meetings that we were not allowed to attend. Celebrations for black history month, st. Patricks day, anything that was happening as a contractor in patient services you were not a part of it AT ALL !!! There was a lady handing out free Biogen pens outside of the cafeteria one day and some of the contractors accepted the promotional pen that was offered to them. This resulted in a 30 minute meeting about how us as contractors were not allowed to get anything. I want to add that this was the 1 and only meeting that we had ever there were not any meetings relaying how you were doing as an employee no feedback was given. One week before our contract was scheduled to end the contract employees were moved to a seduced area on a different floor in the building away from all of the other patient services representatives. This is not my first or even second contract assignment and I never felt so disregarded and disrespected at a position before. This experience has left a sour taste in my mouth about not only this company but as contracting altogether.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be all inclusive. Your contract employees are important also because they are there to assist because you are in need of assistance at that moment but just because they are contractors doesn't give you the right to treat them as if they don't exsist and don't mean anything to you. It's down right hurtful and does not motivate someone to do their best for your company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Spent last few years in Development function"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart scientists. Great location. People at the lower levels care about each other and there is good work life balance

    Cons

    No strategy or decision making and nothing seems to get completed. Every good idea or initiative loses steam halfway thru.

    Advice to Management

    Make a strategy and execute it. Stop listening only to people who tell you what you want to hear. Take the blinders off and the earplugs out.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Stay Away If You Are In Information Technology!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - IT Engineer 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 team of people doing the actual work.
    Benefits.

    Cons

    Understaffed.
    Bad upper and middle management.
    Employees undervalued.
    Clueless leadership.
    No career path or opportunities
    Management undervalue employees.
    Most teams consist of 1 person who does all the work (other companies have a team of individuals but Biogen doesn't. Management calls it "running lean").
    Not backfilling positions when people leave, or move to other areas.

    Advice to Management

    Stop running our company into the ground. Fire VP/Chief Information Security Officer. Start treating employees as people and understand the value that the employees bring. Hire CIO, VP, and directors that understand I.T. and Biopharma! Stop believing everything is great at Biogen and listen to the employees. Hire people. Stop overworking the staff that keeps the lights on.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Patient care coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are ok

    Cons

    Huge liars,lack of direction, favoritism


  9. Helpful (2)

    "high pay but unstable"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Zug (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Manager in Zug (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits above market average. Office centrally located near train station and local facilities. Close to Zug lake for lunchtime walks if you can find the time.

    Cons

    Culture dominated by USA corporate headquarters which can be difficult going for staff with European culture. Very high workload and long hours (no time stamping). Hire/fire culture with poor job stability - layoffs every few years as well as frequent firing of single individuals. Many semi-compulsory evening / late night meetings with USA. Reputation for giving unfair work references to leavers. Very limited car parking.

    Advice to Management

    Collaborate and encourage instead of bully and threaten.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "The Lost Sheep..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great Gym
    -Great Benefits
    -Great Workers
    -Ok Food
    -Get A Paycheck
    -Get a Month Off after ~6 years of employment

    Cons

    -Always having ReOrg's aka Lay Offs
    -Buddy system when promotion time comes around
    -Upper management is clueless about the process
    -Directors threaten your job when you challenge them
    -Put the fate of the company in profits of one drug
    -No "real" diversity
    -Has a bad reputation amongst the Biotech/Pharma companies in the area

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be stop doing what you're doing and maybe your company will be close to what it was in the early 2000's.. Lastly stop giving under qualified people jobs just because you guys went to the same colleges!!!


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