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Biogen Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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  1. "drug safety department at biogen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good company to work

    Cons

    very employer friendly to work.

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  2. "Vendor Relationship Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people in my working team are nice

    Cons

    It was a very unsettled envirement

    Advice to Management

    be more transparant


  3. "Great Values, Poor Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Exciting, life-saving products. Dedicated employees.

    Cons

    Distinct lack of teamwork due to teams being divided up into specialized areas known as silos where cooperation with other teams is not encouraged,

    Advice to Management

    Focus on leadership, especially team leadership and not only the bottom line


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  5. "Company in decay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are exceptional.
    Expertise in CNS development is excellent except there is not much left compared to a year ago
    Location and buildings are exceptional

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy management. Revenue streams are drying up and pipeline is well a pipe dream.
    MS is way too saturated.
    Panic and extreme micromanagement with everyone with a senior title trying to look useful.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the dead weight of non performers if you want to continue sailing. Otherwise other companies will pass you by.....


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Many aspects broken...company motto is "Care Deeply..." for yourself!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location in Cambridge is nice
    Buildings are new
    Few good people still left
    Happy hour every week
    Shut down between xmas and New Years.

    Cons

    There are some enigmas...why aren't some of the "bad" employees let go? They are boneheads but somehow, year after year, the don't get fired (certain Asset executives) or moved...also some significant nepotism (CMO).

    Advice to Management

    Michel, you look good but have no content to your speeches. People don't find you sincere.


  7. "Great biotech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package and good work environment. Projects are very interesting. There are a lot of great research seminars, and the expertise is top notch.

    Cons

    Recent changes have limited tuition reimbursement significantly. The old policy was 80% for approved degrees over some base amount I think $5k or $10k. Now it is $10k maximum to approved programs/classes.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Biogen early 2017"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Great people who really do care about what they are doing
    Everyone is willing to chip in where needed
    Exciting product (SMA)
    Subsidized daycare

    Cons

    Decision making takes too long and often revisited
    Constant turnover
    Burnout across multiple functions
    Managers are not well trained
    Unclear requirements for promotion

    Advice to Management

    Constant restructuring is extremely disruptive. Even the reorgs that have already happened are not clear on responsibilities and do not align across the company. Those that are left have incredible burnout because what is expected of the teams is not adjusted. You need to trust that you have the right people and provide a structure that allows clear ownership and accountability and then allow them to do the work rather than making presentations for updates.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Boost the morale ASAP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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

    Rich intellectual environment full of smart and motivated people

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations and strategic changes impacting productivity at every level

    Advice to Management

    Care about and invest in your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Patient Service Representative in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Patient Service Representative in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and hourly wages competitive for area

    Cons

    Poor communication and follow through by management


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and nice people,great benefits, good network in the Boston area

    Cons

    Too much cost cutting that has seriously impacted the culture of the company. Questionable decision making by senior management, cutting benefits etc.



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