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Biogen Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great company overall, but not without some issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Focus on work-life balance, most employees are highly intelligent people who are easy to work with, great products that make a difference in people's lives, environmentally focused.

    Cons

    C-Suite and board of directors appear to lack a consistent vision and strategy, which makes for numerous restructures, sudden changes to company focus, budget turmoil, etc, that results in high level of uncertainty for past several years.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt more of a longer-term mindset and reduce the (seemingly) short-term, reactionary decision making.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Associate II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate II, Quality Control in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Associate II, Quality Control in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is great. Summer hours is a wonderful benefit. Free breakfast on fridays. Great place to work at. Overall it is amazing.

    Cons

    Slow advancements of people to their next level. There are not many cons actually aboutBiogen. It is really great to be part of Biogen.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. "Ex Biogen EE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harvard, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harvard, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great People
    At Hub of Innovation community
    Strong product line

    Cons

    Uncertainty of near term goals
    Sr Leadership communication should be clearer
    Commute into and out of Cambridge is awful if you are out of town

    Advice to Management

    Define and communicate a long term vision.
    make a decision on Hemophilia franchise
    Make a bold move in the M&A arena


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  5. "Dedication to the Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Associate II in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - QA Associate II in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is really great and the benefits are cushy. The pipeline of products is stable and there's a lot of work to do. Everyone is very dedicated to patient and the work.

    Cons

    Biogen is becoming large and bureaucratic. It is difficult to have decisions made.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart CEO.
    Amazing R&D and a lot of smart / personable people.
    Compensation / perks.

    Cons

    Difficult changes underfoot throughout the company since 2015.

    Finance unable to keep up with the needs of the departments for as long as I've been there, primarily due to lame and wonky software they're stuck with.

    Innovation culture in IT was killed last year. Budgets are tight.

    Advice to Management

    Hang in there.

    Finance needs Enterprise IT leadership to figure out how best to replace 80's era software to streamline paying bills on time. An Enterprise Solution Architect should do an overhaul AFTER inviting and meeting end users from all departments to weigh in on pain points and wish lists.


  7. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Business Planning in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Director Business Planning in Cambridge, MA
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Constant change can lead to career opportunities

    Cons

    Senior management isn't engaged in the business


  8. "HR Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great company with excellent prospects for employees

    Cons

    - Favoritism and office politics in some departments can make it a stressful experience.

    Advice to Management

    - Continue with the great job


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Title"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Biogen has very great benefits including health coverage, vacation time, paternity leave, end of year shut down, sabbatical every six years.

    Cons

    I work very long hours as finance is understaffed. The company is experiencing a slow down of growth which has impacted bonus payouts and the value of stock benefits.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for management. H Hahn Cohn gonna Cohn cabin dog hh funk hh frightened sdhh sdhh sdhh Dahl v v.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful industry, good people

    Cons

    Seems to be going through some changes.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be clearer.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Fast-paced, good culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good reporting system, in general providing Ph.D. scientists an opportunity to have people management responsibility. Good people and work culture.

    Cons

    After restructuring last year, it seems take a longer time to demonstrate that high management have a clear strategy to move forward. Uncertainty means instability. Talent loss will follow.

    Advice to Management

    Change is hard. Current company's focused vision is hard to convince about future success. Enhancing employees' engagement in future plan, more transparency will be a better approach to bring people together to embrace the change.


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