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"Bad idea to take this job"

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Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Interesting science
Quality research organization
Pay and benefits

Cons

Poor senior management, especially financial - cash burn rate is outrageous. Tend to throw money at problems and duplicate efforts throughout the organization.
Politics trumps all - winners and losers in that game. Losers are too often the competent people.
Disconnect between values and behavior
Irresponsible hiring/firing - you may get a nice offer today but don't be surprised if you are laid off in six months!

Advice to Management

Acknowledge where you are. Great science cannot save this company. If you report net losses on 1+ billion of revenues, you have serious money management problems.

Other Employee Reviews for Vertex Pharmaceuticals

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great Science and Poor Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Science, generous benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Continual changes in management and structure. Poor attention to individual's career development

    Advice to Management

    There still exists a "culture of fear" over the turn-over and reorganizations that have been on-going the past 3 years. More attention needs to be paid on the career development of all individuals, not just the top level .


  2. Helpful (8)

    "My worst nightmare"

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

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

    Pros

    22 days of vacations + christmas week
    free parking

    Cons

    Three kind of persons: The ones that rule, usually very young with little experience (The only place that I have work where a person can be promoted to Sr Director with less than 5 years of experience). If you are liked by them, you become one of them. If you are not liked, you have two options - 1) Stay and be miserable until they get rid of you (I believe that 50 - 75% of their employees get fired and they usually are the more knowledgeable and experienced) , or 2) Leave because you cannot stand the working environment.

    The work-life balance that they offer applies only if you are in the first group.

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