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Biogen Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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  1. "Sales force effectiveness manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great salary, great bonuses and other incentives

    Cons

    At times there are political plays over ownership of various tasks and projects. Some employees will try and position themselves as leaders of these projects at the expense of colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the benefits each employee brings to the company at all times.


  2. "Fading from glory, but looking for redemption"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and people. Good culture at face value if only everyone lived it. Could be good again, the potential is still there. Very green and environmentally conscious company

    Cons

    Leadership, lack of global harmonization, people, systems becoming antiquated, its not what you know its who you know, what have you done for lately

    Advice to Management

    People are listed as both a pro and a con in my review. Take that to heart and weed out the bad eggs. You have a great company but there are too many hangers on and people operating above their knowledge and experience level. Time for new blood that shares the company's ambition and goals!

  3. "Co-op"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great work environment, people want to see you succeed

    Cons

    volatile market can make working in this company scary. especially when they hit a rough patch

    Advice to Management

    downsizing the company is not always neccesary


  4. "Racist People"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance; good benefits.

    Cons

    Too many changes in recent years


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Positive atmosphere and excellent resources"

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    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many resources at one's disposal, an emphasis on collaboration, friendly and supportive coworkers, great pay

    Cons

    It takes time to implement new ideas, management does not take full use of employees input in making innovations

    Advice to Management

    Take more advantage of your employees skills for innovation and staying relevat


  7. "Regulatory"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    work together closely and flexibly

    Cons

    work result depending on assigned persons

    Advice to Management

    important to welcome ex-employees

  8. "Benefit"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefit and bonus. RSU, stocks.

    Cons

    biased promotion opportunity. Assessment not by achievement.

    Advice to Management

    need to keep employees


  9. "Product manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career opportunities, management, salary, benefits

    Cons

    Workload - in general I don't have negative aspects


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Come to ride it out before retirement"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starting salary, work life balance, benefits, vacation and sabbatical program

    Cons

    Advancement is slow in the junior scientific positions (min 2 years), not meritocratic but based on seniority, many senior leadership come here when they are ready to stop advancing, IT is awful - very advanced in science, limited by IT, HR has antiquated policies that make top talent leave rather than develop internally, job titles are meaningless - range for someone with 2-4 years experience could go from entry level on the science side to manager in a commercial area (get this - pay ranges are the same)

    Advice to Management

    Fix HR so that the employees who want to advance (and most of the value) don't have to leave to get what they want. This leaves just the complacent there for the long term.

    Either decide that IT should be internal or outsourced. The time it takes to use the software and computers we have for science literally takes up 50% of people's time. The people in IT are just documenting things all the time and not delivering any value. Most of the increases in efficiency could come from moderate spend, but IT is unwilling to acknowledge sunk cost of legacy platforms. Our software is 15 years behind our science.


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