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Found 768 of over 960 reviews
4.3
84% Recommend to a Friend
Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Reshma Kewalramani
90% Approve of CEO

Found 765 of over 960 reviews

4.3
84%
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90%
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Reshma Kewalramani
Reshma Kewalramani
273 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Great benefits and really want to help patients(in 150 reviews)
  • "Great people; everyone is very open and willing to help.(in 86 reviews)
  • "Great culture and place to work Flex working environment Growing organization(in 53 reviews)
  • "Good pay and office location(in 33 reviews)
  • "Great colleagues(in 28 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year
    Featured Review

    Fantastic people, culture and benefits

    May 26, 2022 - Associate Director 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Strong culture of innovation and urgency with a sincere dedication to patients Emphasis on employees as individuals Visibility of executive leadership and their engagement Working with people who love what they do Incredible benefits

    Cons

    I have yet to experience a con in working for Vertex. Everything has been incredible and I'm so glad I decided to make this career change.

    1 person found this review helpful

    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    Thank you so much for your positive feedback!

  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    good benefit and competitive payrate

    Jan 30, 2023 - Senior Manufacturing Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    team building activities free snacks and drink opportunities to learn new skills

    Cons

    commute is terrible if you live outside suburbs of Boston without access to the T

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    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    Thanks for your review.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    An Amazing Journey

    Jan 24, 2023 - Assistant Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I've been at Vertex for almost 11 years, I've seen the company grow into new disease areas, helping more and more patients. I think the biggest asset Vertex has are the people. We have some of the best and they all have passion for the mission of bringing life changing treatments to patients.

    Cons

    Never having enough time to do everything. We are very busy and I wish there were more hours in a day to get everything done!

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    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    Thank you for the review and your years of service at Vertex!

  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great people doing great work

    Jan 20, 2023 - Executive Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Amazing people who are driven, dedicated and committed to curing diseases. -World-leading science. -Thoughtful leadership. -Committed to culture. -Invested in ongoing changes driven by employee feedback

    Cons

    Experiences process, platform and other workplace culture challenges as the company continues to grow and change based on the advancing science.

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    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    Thank you for the review, and we couldn't agree more about the importance of nurturing our strong, inclusive culture as we grow as a company!

  6. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great Culture But Personalities in Your Reporting Structure are Important

    Jan 12, 2023 - Senior Director 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Company places high value on having a dynamic, hard-working work force. 1) Listens and acts on employee feedback; excellent benefits above usual, eg winter and summer shutdown weeks and many extra holidays, in addition to generous paid time off. 2) Currently has excellent financial position and good prospects for mid and long term appreciation of (stock) value. Depending on your level, this can translate into excellent renumeration. 3) Fun and central Boston location in Seaport (also in San Diego and Oxford, UK; Paddington UK). Most departments have at least some hybrid on-site/remote flexibility. 4) Many "irons in the fire" for new therapeutic areas, any of which could provide fantastic career opportunities and company growth. 5) C-suite unsurpassed. All members have magic combination of knowledge/experience, drive, acumen, and emotional intelligence. All will talk with any employee in the hall. 6) If you are driven and hard working, and can roll with occasional personality friction, you should definitely go work at Vertex.

    Cons

    1) Like many places there are small fiefdoms. If the sub-culture in these suit you then gold, if not it can range from exasperating to driving you and the best colleagues out the door. I have seen this in more than one department over the years. As an example, I once had a line manager who would freak out if I would talk about anything material to any management level above them. This is a big red flag. Recommend that you talk to as many people as possible during interview and offer stages to get sense of the sub-culture, which is just as or more important than the great macro-culture. Ask about their colleagues, boss, boss's bosses. Ignore this at your peril. Maybe won't break the deal for you, but at least you will have better idea what your getting into. 2) A sense of urgency is good, but some mid to upper level managers seem to foster and thrive on crisis-of-the-day adrenaline rush. 3) While you do have flexibility in schedule and career path, you are expected to work hard and creatively. Exceeding expectations is the expectation. Some managers are better than others in supporting you in this. The micro managers are typically detrimental, which leads to career stagnation. Even so, Vertex is above average in helping you find a way out of this, e.g. by opening up alternative career paths. 4) This is a company that is constantly growing and transforming. I don't see this as a true con, but sometimes "May you live in interesting times" can be considered a challenge (curse?!).

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    4 people found this review helpful

    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    Thank you very much for your positive review and constructive feedback! We're always looking to improve.

  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Rockstar company with rockstar leadership

    Jan 13, 2023 - Validation Manager in Providence, RI
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Vertex is an extremely positive and energetic place to work. The company goes above and beyond to take care of employees and puts a lof efforts to make it patient centric, While a lot of companies say it, Vertex really means it. The motivation level and commitment from Senior leadership is outstanding.

    Cons

    Very past paced work place with moderately high intensity. Might not be everyone's cup of tea.

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    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    Thanks very much for the review.

  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great R&D, Poor Mgmt.

    Jan 19, 2023 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great Technology Drive to deliver transformative changes R&D LT is very knowledgeable and easy to approach Compensation at par Healthy company financials/Stock value Good commercial pipeline for next 5-8 years

    Cons

    New Sr. Directors, VPs in support functions have no mgmt experience, leave alone good leadership qualities There is no team building and mgmt. tends to throw you under the bus No hiring startegy in place - eg. entry level employee is forced to join 5 new sr members and trains them, only to realize that him/her self has no job security in a year Limited growth opportunities or visibility New Sr leadership in support functions invovled in a lot of politics affecting smooth functioning

    1 person found this review helpful

    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    We strongly encourage you to share your experience directly to your manager, a member of your leadership team or a member of the HR team about your specific situation and experience. We’re always working to create a culture of respect, inclusion, advancement and recognition where people can do their best work.

  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Exciting Team with Positive Culture

    Jan 3, 2023 - Manager, Project Management in Boston, MA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing (financial and otherwise). Salary is very good. Culture is focused on inclusivity and respect -- and it's not just lip service, it's real. Facilities are very nice.

    Cons

    Members of leadership team are passionately for onsite workers, meaning opportunities for remote work may diminish over time. Vast majority of employees are in cubes -- the good news is that this isn't just lower-level workers, it includes directors and other high-level employees. Company goals are aggressive and sometimes not based in reality.

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    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    Thanks for the review! We feel strongly about ensuring our culture of inclusion, belonging, growth and development applies to and benefits all employees, regardless of their work location.

  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Company inside view

    Jan 24, 2023 - Technical Services Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    highly diverse and inclusive company with great growing potential

    Cons

    Parking accommodation can be tough specially for sites near Boston center

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    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    Many thanks for your comments.

  11. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good pay and benefits, bad leadership

    Jan 31, 2023 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great time off with two week-long company shut downs annually on top of four weeks of vacation. Nice equity comp. Strong pipeline.

    Cons

    CEO lacks business experience, thinks she knows everything and is unpleasant. Executives unable to make decisions. Much talk of ID&E without articulated goals to improve diversity.

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    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    Thanks for the review. We're always looking to improve and encourage you to share your thoughts with your manager, HR business partner or through one of our regular pulse surveys.

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5, based on over 960 reviews left anonymously by employees. 84% of employees would recommend working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals to a friend and 88% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 2% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Vertex Pharmaceuticals employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.5 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.

84% of Vertex Pharmaceuticals employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Vertex Pharmaceuticals 3.9 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.3 for culture and values and 4.0 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals to be career development, culture, benefits and the cons to be work life balance, senior leadership, management.

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For decades, Vertex has worked to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases. We’ve collaborated around whiteboards, in labs and in manufacturing centers. We’ve innovated during hallway conversations and on video conferences across time zones. And, yes, during these past few years, COVID-19 changed a lot of that! But Vertexians all around the globe relied on what made us successful in the past, while we learned new ways of working to go forward. This included being more flexible about when, where and how we work – a new way of working that we now call Flex @ Vertex. Learn about Vertex’s flexible work program, which emphasizes flexibility for all to meet the needs of their personal and professional lives while enabling teams to thrive so we can deliver on our promise to patients.
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