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Biogen Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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  • Maintaining a great work-life balance is your own responsibility (in 42 reviews)

  • Upper management has agenda that does not respect employees (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and employee perks, A wealth of really smart, highly talented people. Work environment is open space concept and wonderfully bright and cheery.

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth and pay limited for some. Over the past few years there have been layoffs, to the point of lots of uncertainty and a constant feeling among many of when will the next one hit.


  2. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for; great science; talented people; very flexible work environment; great benefits; bus service; willing to do things creatively; still has elements of small company culture

    Cons

    trying to grow too fast; trying to become big Pharma like

    Advice to Management

    don't become big Pharma like; try to maintain the entrepreneurial culture; kudos for being more transparent than in the past

  3. "no what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People in the organization that care about patients

    Cons

    has become more big company and losing the focus on what made it special.


  4. "Patient centric organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    People, the legacy, the name, the career opportunities, patient focused, people who really care about the patients and products

    Cons

    New management which is a change with exciting times ahead


  5. Helpful (4)

    "The only constant is change."

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    Current Employee - Research in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Checks all the benefits boxes. People you work with tend to be better than most. Recently renovated lab facilities make research less soul crushing.

    Cons

    Upper management is a revolving door. Once new "leadership" comes in and institutes their "vision", they're gone before their changes have even been fully realized. C-level and EVPs pay more attention to stock price than the people who work here. Estimated median life expectancy for VPs and above: 2.6 years.

    Advice to Management

    Just because you are recently hired doesn't mean you need to stamp your change onto the company within 6 months. Learn to work with what you have and make subtle tweaks and changes instead of sloppy, disruptive reorganizations.


  6. "Invigorating work culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Patient - centric. Driving decision making to right functions and levels. Diverse portfolio. Increasing global impact. Good benefits including sabbatical after 6 years in service.

    Cons

    Neuro disease focus is a challenge and will require patience. This may be difficult to reconcile with short term Wall Street needs. Nimble decision making will increase uncertainty in workplace roles, responsibilities and locations.

    Advice to Management

    Good transparency to date. Continue to trust and share.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Biogen is a much different place than a few years ago"

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

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated people, benefits, social hours, good training opportunities

    Cons

    Leadership is constantly changing things when change fatigue is a very real thing. People in senior positions only care about what makes them look good, not how it impacts their team. Work/life balance has become poor, with many drowning in work with no help in sight.

    Advice to Management

    Work to restore the culture, and rebuild your reputation. Stop introducing new mantras, making changes, and continually focusing on the positive parts of surveys that still indicate people are unhappy. Continue to keep employees informed and like valuable resources, not replaceable parts.

  8. "Manufacturing associate ll"

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    Current Employee - Ma Lll in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Ma Lll in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    None at this time good company

    Advice to Management

    Keep open communication


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Medical Director"

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    Former Employee - Medical Director
    Former Employee - Medical Director

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

    Pros

    Great Company-This company offered a very good multi-cultural experience in downtown Cambridge. While working with some of the industry's best, I was able to expand my knowledge and career.

    Cons

    Tight timelines, constant change, no work life balance


  10. "Inbound call support or customer service coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits and compensation

    Cons

    High call volume during peak seasons which can be very stressful

    Advice to Management

    be fair about internal hiring process, you won't move up unless you're "liked."


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