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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
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  • Stressful work environment, poor work life balance, management out of touch with general employees (in 13 reviews)

  • I do have one recommendation to upper management, which I will enter in the next section (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome Company"

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

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great Company. Great science and great people.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say. I had the best time working for this company.


  2. "Good spot to work if career advancement not important"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, flexible working conditions, good locarion

    Cons

    Career advancement prospects are not good

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits; competitive pay; good work environment

    Cons

    Smaller company then some I've worked at so movement opportunities can be limited.


  4. "Case Manager"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great company mission, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility or option to work from home, limited opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize/promote employees for the work that they do, not based on popularity or politics.


  5. "Quality"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Nice location. Stock if you can hold out for 5 years. Otherwise, it will be rescinded.

    Cons

    Sr. Management in Quality division is out of touch. If you leave before your the gifted stock is vested, you lose it. So, it's not the gift it looks like.


  6. "Decision making by consensus and changing for change's sake - if you like that kinda thing, you'd love it there!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Location, benefits are phenomenal, vacation time = 4 weeks at start, not including the week between Christmas and New Year's for shutdown, people I worked alongside were great. Very flexible work environment - often booked huddle rooms to get work done if my workspace was too crazy, or I could work from home when needed.

    Cons

    Managers there are hit or miss; not everyone is open to coaching staff when it's necessary. I had several mgrs in a short time period, only one of them was effective. Another one gossiped about direct reports to each other and also peers. Never felt like anything discussed in our 1/1s was going to stay between us for long. Also never felt like I could truly take time off without checking in multiple times a day.

    Advice to Management

    Don't shoot the messenger, and really, TRULY empower your people to make decisions and learn to navigate the outcome. Reward those who speak up instead of making an example of them.


  7. "Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits especially ESPP and PTO.

    Cons

    Lack of internal growth development.

  8. "Scientific Associate i"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Incredible company to work for

    Cons

    no cons to working here


  9. "Specialist"

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

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    The Culture is the best aspect of working here.

    Cons

    Moving up significantly is difficult


  10. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Exciting, Fast moving company with incredible intellectual capital

    Cons

    Back-stabbing culture, corrupt executives, and no interest in listening to middle management


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