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Biogen Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  • Maintaining a great work-life balance is your own responsibility (in 39 reviews)

  • Upper management does not seem to appreciate hard working people anymore and opt for a cheaper offshore workforce (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Place has changed a lot"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall really great people and interesting science. Really enjoyed coming to work and working with such talent colleagues. Also great comp and benefits.

    Cons

    I was at Biogen six years and the place changed dramatically (for the worse). The politics at the executive level got vicious and once George announced he was leaving, this made things worse. The company has gotten away from the science and teamwork that made it successful. Plus they have backtracked on diversity with many of the recent senior departures being women--so it is back to being a boys club. I’d stay away until see what direction new CEO takes.

    Advice to Management

    Bring Biogen back to what made its culture special and focus on the science not the politics


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Too many changes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Change is inevitable but do you really have implement them all at once. Employees get burned out and getting PTO is difficult if you are a newer employee.

    Cons

    Hard to get time off, poor communication throughout the company

    Advice to Management

    When you are making decisions, talk to the people that actually do the job that will be affected.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Growing pains"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunches
    Thirsty Thursdays happy hour weekly
    Great coffee throughout
    Decent benefits
    Parking is a perk
    Located near good restaurants

    Cons

    Limited talent pool across functions, especially outside of neuro
    Uninspiring management from top to bottom
    Best people have left or were fired; large chunk of workforce are there to punch the clock
    Outsourcing has impacted quality
    Morale is woeful

    Advice to Management

    Reboot. Purge senior leaders especially those at VP & SVP who have been writing the script for far too long. Stop dabbling in disease areas outside of neuro - it is painful to watch given the limited talent pool. Get tougher with the pontificating jokers and give Assoc to Sr Directors freedom to make decisions. Also time to grow up and cut back in the free food and drink...and the "summer hours" which leads to a serious lack of productivity from June to Sept. Or keep it up and get bought by a real company that wants the few assets in the pipeline.


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  5. "Scientist II"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, work life balance

    Cons

    Current Problem with leadership and directions.


  6. "Sr. Planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst I Planning in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst I Planning in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They provide great work and medical benefits, wonderful management great career advancement opportunities. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    In some ways still trying to figure things out, lots of changes


  7. "Associate Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong Corporate passion to make lives better for patients.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in organizational structure is impacting productivity and morale.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting to a stable state and give the structure time to succeed.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "I've been an employee at Biogen for 1.5 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Support Analyst in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Support Analyst in Weston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Week off at Christmas Benefits are really good. Love Globoforce where you can nominate and be nominated for awards by your peers

    Cons

    So many changes and reorganization taking place CEO is leaving after replacement found. Not sure how things will shake out after that. Time will tell

    Advice to Management

    Can't think of anything. Please keep employees looped in on future org changes etc


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not the company it once was"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and very bright employees

    Cons

    Sadly it is no longer the company it once was; there are layoffs every quarter and the folks that they bring into the org are not of the same quality of the ones that are let go. Upper management seems to be making changes with out thinking the process through.

    Advice to Management

    Think before acting!


  10. "Intern"

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

    I worked at Biogen (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, helpful, and collaborative work environment. You feel like you are part of a great team doing something truly important.

    Cons

    As an intern, I would've liked more exposure to what happened in my department and others -- I was mostly just stuck doing my job most of the day.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the internship program, specifically the relationship between managers and University Relations.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Leadership lacking."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Needham, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Go after serious disease
    Work with nice people
    Good compensation
    World wide scope
    Plenty of open desks, pick your favorite!

    Cons

    No stability
    Absent leadership
    Near continual reorganization
    Chases stick price by laying people off to reduce OpEx and make things look better
    Many high quality people let go/left

    Advice to Management

    Show leadership. Truly appreciate employees rather than just say you do.


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