Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews | Glassdoor

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated February 3, 2017
191 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

3.4
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
75 Ratings

191 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
  • The company does actively promote that employees maintain a work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • I do have one recommendation to upper management, which I will enter in the next section (in 9 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great people; great location; great products for CF

    Cons

    Very, very fast paced! Management may want to clean house of leaders who are toxic

    Advice to Management

    Don't ignore toxic VPs that have been in position for years - may be reason for turnover


  2. "Great Intern Experience"

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

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employees
    Interesting work - drug discovery is fascinating
    Office

    Cons

    In scientific roles a PhD is required - small chance of hiring after graduation


  3. "I work with and educate doctors on CFTR modulation. We are the first drug to treat the underlying cause of CF."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Therapeutic Specialist in Red Bank, NJ
    Current Employee - Therapeutic Specialist in Red Bank, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The great thing about working for Vertex is we have the "sexy sell". We treat the protein defect where all other drugs treat the symptoms in CF.

    Cons

    The Sales territory are extremely large, most are 4-5 states. It is tough when you are away from home 5/6 times a month.

    Advice to Management

    I believe the best advice to management is to work with a vendor or two that have expertise in the Orphan Drug space.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great pipeline but..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pipeline
    Hard working and smart employees
    Creative approach to projects
    Most individuals are very collaborative

    Cons

    Working at Vertex for just over a year I experienced a lot of wonderful, smart and collaborative colleagues. However, I noticed there is a real problem with knowledge silos. There is also a lot of posturing among mid-management. It was disillusioning to me that individuals felt compelled to "one up" each other at meetings. In addition, I found that some individuals were very intractable and were inflexible about considering different ideas/approaches.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure if it's the company culture or just individual personalities. However, I think a stronger emphasis on collaboration and appreciating the value individuals bring to a project would help promote more collaboration and sharing of knowledge.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Went Downhill"

    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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits were amazing and the pre-launch excitement was infectious.

    Cons

    Once they started bringing in former "big pharma" execs, the culture changed and it became every person for themselves.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great research...miss on leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and many nice people work there. Very impactful programs.

    Cons

    The site head, Paul is excellent. However, I found many of the senior scientific staff smart, but very political, not inspiring, and weak leaders overall.


  8. "Former Intern, Boston"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Boston, MA

    Pros

    I really enjoyed being an intern at Vertex, I was in an R&D role at the company. My manager was very excited about having an intern and had a great project for me. I was able to have a say in what I was doing and get direction and help at the same time. I felt like I was treated as a team member in the group and not below others. Great location.

    Cons

    It was difficult to meet other interns outside of my department. There weren't really events for us to get to know each other until the end of the summer. Also, I am an undergraduate but the department I was working in doesn't hire many people directly from undergrad, they prefer them to have graduate degrees of some sort.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Going on 2 years"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, money to buy equipment. Work, life balance is good.
    Pay is comparable to all big pharma.

    Cons

    no career development programs, promotions based on time with company. Some managers are just managers because they have been here for a long time and are not good manager.
    Good scientists but not good people managers.


  10. "Research Scientist II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked in orphan disease area targeting Cystic Fibrosis, contributed to development of two next generation CF clinical candidates

    Cons

    Job growth in research is slow


  11. "Great Intern Program"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Give the interns work similar to a full employee. I felt like a member of the team despite being a summer intern.

    Cons

    Could be more intern programs to help the interns get to know one another. It was difficult only knowing about 5 people outside my own team.



Showing 191 of 214 reviews
Reset Filters