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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 17, 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. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "Vertex"

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and overall compensation

    Cons

    Stressful work environment, poor work life balance, management out of touch with general employees

    Advice to Management

    Be more in touch with how decisions affect employees


  6. "Sci. Fellow"

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

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

    Pros

    good pay nice people good resources

    Cons

    too many managers too much nanomanagment

    Advice to Management

    stop nanomanaging


  7. "Pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    We are making a difference

    Cons

    Not all managers support development equally

    Advice to Management

    Hold managers accountable for employee development

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Shiny buildings but for how long?"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work life balance are outstanding here. Facilities, cafeteria, gym, are great. Decent camaraderie among employees. Good internal employee resource networks. Some people do want to improve things but they seem to be few and far between.

    Cons

    I don't feel in my day to day patients are mentioned much. Despite this not being a huge company (`2000 people), some chains of communication and processes feel extremely hierarchical. I get the sense that many are here just to collect a pay check and do the bare minimum to get by- certainly not as much passion as I have seen in other pharma/biotech companies in this area. Pipeline questionable- don't know for how much longer we will have these big shiny buildings. High turnover in the Clin Ops section. People don't seem to question anything, they just do it.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to delegate things. Don't be afraid to manage up. Be more realistic about the pipeline.


  9. "Feeling more like a cog in the corporate machine"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Associate Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Senior Associate Scientist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and well equipped lab space

    Cons

    Getting a full time position seems out of the question for the moment despite being reviewed well. Not as much learning opportunity as I was led to believe.

    Advice to Management

    Build your talent from the inside and reward those who are willing to seek out new ways to help and learn. Provide more opportunities to people who aren't at the top instead of excluding them.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great pipeline but..."

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    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.


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