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Biogen Reviews

Updated September 4, 2017
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  1. "Company with good perks but uncertainity at top management"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Weston, MA
    Former Employee - Architect in Weston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great perks, probably one of the best paying companies in Boston area with generous 401k, bonus. Flexibility to work remotely etc.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs, reorgs, changes at top management which happens frequently leads to uncertainity and seems top management is not sure where they really want to take the company. I am speaking more from the Information Technology department.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Good company, but unsettled"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Colleagues are friendly and it's a very collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Consulting company's presence is a huge red flag, no matter how upper management tries to spin it. People are nervous and "process improvement" is fancy talk for "lay offs." I'd be careful accepting an offer from Biogen until things settle.

    Advice to Management

    Openness is essential. Paranoia is high and no communication = green light to start looking elsewhere for more career stability.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Changing culture and not really for the best"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Weston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance but high expectations to be available at odd hours if a project demands it.
    Good benefits and fair compensation (aligns with industry)

    Cons

    Reorganizing and consulting company analyzing processes...how can you analyze something that is a moving target? People are constantly looking over their shoulder because they are paranoid about the next layoff which has been clearly coming based on CEO stating there is a goal to streamline processes and a consulting company analyzing processes that have been in a state of flux for a couple of years...

    Advice to Management

    You need to transparent because people don't trust the leadership anymore.


  4. "Biogen Reporting & Submissions Contract Associate"

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    Former Contractor - Biogen Reporting & Submissions Contract Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Biogen Reporting & Submissions Contract Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy access via public transportation
    Smart and friendly people to work with
    Excellent compensation

    Cons

    Tight fiscal policies stand in the way of conversion to permanent status
    Training can be frustrating as everyone is busy all the time


  5. "contractor"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Pros

    Great dedicated coworkers, very helpful

    Cons

    Upper management has agenda that does not respect employees


  6. "Working Here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Will expect a lot for little in return.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

  8. "Contract work"

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    Current Contractor - Associate Scientist IIContractor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - Associate Scientist IIContractor in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. There is a lot of science to learn here.

    Cons

    The manager can make or break you. They are mostly out for self.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It's OK"

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

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Good to employees; Good location; Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Horrible Management; Inconsistant Decisions; Academic


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing director"

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    Current Employee - Director, Marketing in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Director, Marketing in Weston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well, fast paced, great colleagues who know what they are doing. A lot of very smart people that enjoy what they do. Flexible with good benefits package.

    Cons

    CEO lacks a grasp on reality and won't be influenced. A lot of change and no clear vision which results in silos across teams and departments.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what those who know are telling you


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