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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 17, 2018
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
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  • "If not careful, work-life balance can get challenging" (in 15 reviews)

  • "The goals are set by senior management and they set unattainable goals and then hold everyone to achieving them" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "An incredible company with an inspiring culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can honestly say this is one of the most incredible companies to work for. The energy is palpable. The people are collaborative and motivated to bring medicines and hope to patients. The culture is heavily science-oriented, but everyone feels like part of the mission, even those who are not necessarily scientists or physicians. Very strong leadership team. Amazing performance as a company. Opportunities abound to make an impact, and grow.

    Cons

    Still maturing as a company from a small biotech to the global biopharma leader we are today....some processes need to be optimized. This requires everyone, at every level, to be "in the weeds" from time to time, but not overly burdensome.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing; keep offering people the opportunity to contribute their expertise to the strategic goals; keep up the open dialogue with employees; keep recognizing employees for their accomplishments.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great people and culture at Vertex

    Cons

    None, it is a great place to work!

  3. "Technical Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, great location, awesome co-workers

    Cons

    Fast-paced, unrealistic timelines, workforce attrition

    Advice to Management

    Stop losing good employees!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Clinical Development and Management review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Phase I Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Phase I Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at Vertex are some of the most motivated, knowledgeable and cooperative team players I have worked with in the past 22 years. Although I worked in Clinical Development Execution, these great people were from legal, clinical pharmacology and medical affairs as well. I worked with Vertex as a contractor for 10 years because of the people. The company is proactive and ethical, actively concerned about the patients they serve and involved in the local community. As a contractor the salary was competitive.

    Cons

    Since the company is now public, the corporate culture has changed resulting upper management determining unrealistic timelines for study execution without input from the study execution team. Upper management has been unresponsive to feedback and requests for adequate support staff to meet increasingly tight timelines. Employees and contractors routinely work weekends and evenings resulting in poor work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Morale is affected and talented people have left due to the issues mentioned. Listen to your employees...without them you have no business.


  5. "A lot of changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Growth, new products, some nice coworkers

    Cons

    Lay off, a few rounds

    Advice to Management

    Not at this time


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Old and hierarchial style of working"

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation, Present the company in nice way to outsiders

    Cons

    Messy work culture, everyone does everything, employees lack individual responsibility and accountability, old 'bossy' work culture, highly hierarchial work system which creates bottlenecks in decision, there is visible 'unemployment in disguise' where one work takes 5 times more time than it requires, decision vetoes at all levels that helps none. Company can do better job with lesser people if they work on operational efficiency and streamline decision making process.

    Advice to Management

    Please work on work culture. Otherwise it would be -
    'Employees came, they saw, and quickly left'


  7. Helpful (1)

    "All-In for Vertex"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Inclusive, team-based environment. Great opportunity to have an impact on business and to help our patients. High sense of urgency to speed our science for new medicines

    Cons

    Nothing to note that is different from any company of our size and growing fast

  8. Helpful (1)

    "New employee but absolutely love it here!!!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company is amazing! They seriously care about their employees and I can feel the drive that comes from everyone who works here. They are all working towards a common goal and it’s amazing to find such synergy with a site of over 200 people. I legitimately love coming to work every day.

    Cons

    None that I can see! This company has problems like every other company I’m sure, but nothing that has affected me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing! You reward your employees with amazing benefits, equity, and time off. You’re doing this thing right!


  9. "Goods"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great company. Lots of growth. Smart people

    Cons

    I have no “cons” to report


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Review 1"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Their vacation was very generous

    Cons

    Commute into the Seaport was hard


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