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"Time to Clean out the Middle Managers"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Amazing benefits, vacation time and one off perks! Great coworkers and an opportunity to have an impact on life threatening diseases. Lots of learning and resume building opportunity that you don't necessarily get at other companies (how many other companies in the area have successfully brought drugs to the market in the past 5 years, let alone multiple drugs?).

Cons

Current culture is very different even from a few years ago. Middle managers (department heads especially) have adopted a "do as I say, not as I do" attitude. Bad behavior is rampant in many forms - screaming and yelling at meetings, temper tantrums in the office and gossiping with direct reports. There also seems to be a lack of opportunity for promotion for those in the lower / entry level positions.

Advice to Management

Pay attention to what your managers are doing and follow up. Don't just assume things are running along smoothly. Its those departments that have a lack of oversight that are running wild and ruining the culture and individual department morale.

Other Employee Reviews for Vertex Pharmaceuticals

  1. Helpful (1)

    "An eye-opening and wonderful learning experience for Students"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Electro physiology in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Electro physiology in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Vertex @ SD served free breakfast and held community gatherings. Held numerous promotions for CF in the surrounding community.

    Cons

    A great degree of bureaucracy. People mind their own business and the scientists appeared more pessimistic than usual.

    Advice to Management

    Allow students to diversify their exposure to big Pharma, even if they are interning inside a particular cell culture lab in the electrophysiology department (i.e. Expose them to process and development, HTS, etc.) Diversification is important for students (especially the interns!).


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    "Company in Transition"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing in general. Start with 4wks of vacation plus company shut down between Christmas and New Years. Very intelligent and hard working employees. Disease area is very rewarding. Great experience for people starting out their careers.

    Cons

    Sr. Management tends to micro manage and constantly accelerate timelines beyond reason. Work/life balance and mode of operation is not sustainable. You often work nights, weekends, and during vacation. Career growth is limited. Vision seems to be very short term and focused on short term gains. A lot of indecision or changing of decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on balancing work load by truly assessing your resources to the work committed to. Provide a firm strategy on the path forward and have timely decisions to avoid churn and rework. Delegate more and empower teams.


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