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Vertex Pharmaceuticals San Diego Reviews

Updated October 12, 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. Helpful (3)

    "Great research...miss on leadership"

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    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.


  2. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good People, Positive attitude. Solid company.

    Cons

    S&R Dept lacks communication with intern. Very poor when it comes to SOP.
    SOP seems to get revised everyday makes internship confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Management should get more involve with the shipping and Receiving department.

  3. "Research Scientist II"

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    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


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Research scientist II"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, salary probably the only reason people stick to the company

    Cons

    Micromanagement, promotion based on politics not work/ideas/results. Some managers are terrorizing scientists and kicking off hard workers for crazy reasons: too much results (n+1 feeling threaten), a knowledge superior to their n+1, we end up with incompetent people at high level of the organization and regularly promoted, people that didn't bring any significant result over the years but by taking credit from other hard worker... Main result, smart people are leaving since they are not recognized/rewarded for their contribution

    Advice to Management

    Kick out few damaging people, names are known
    Train HR to stop those people from poisoning the company
    Stop hiding and start taking brave decisions and see how the sites will benefit from it !


  5. Helpful (10)

    "It's hard to work with upper management and they over work the employees so people are stressed and on edge a lot."

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    Current Employee - Lab Tech in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great and what keeps people working there for a long time. The company also has a great goal on improving lives for people with the diseases they work on.

    Cons

    It is hard to work with the upper management. The work load given is way too much and long hours are a must to stay I top of the work load. Hard to have any life outside of work.


  6. "Vertex Pharmaceuticals great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Cons

    They will work you hard for the money.

    Advice to Management

    In general doing a great job.


  7. "Great place to intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, people are not only friendly but many are very willing to teach you new skills. Generally, the atmosphere is highly conducive to learning and becoming more skilled in your areas of interest.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities to continue working here after internship.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "An eye-opening and wonderful learning experience for Students"

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    Former Intern - Electro physiology in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Electro physiology in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Vertex @ SD served free breakfast and held community gatherings. Held numerous promotions for CF in the surrounding community.

    Cons

    A great degree of bureaucracy. People mind their own business and the scientists appeared more pessimistic than usual.

    Advice to Management

    Allow students to diversify their exposure to big Pharma, even if they are interning inside a particular cell culture lab in the electrophysiology department (i.e. Expose them to process and development, HTS, etc.) Diversification is important for students (especially the interns!).


  9. "intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nice working environment, working with a group of intelligent people

    Cons

    for me, it's kind of far away from home. it took me a lot of time to commute.

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic first job which grew stale due to to their direction of research"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist I in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist I in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Back in 2006 when I first joined the site in San Diego, Vertex was a special place. Scientists were excited about their work and one could sense the enthusiasm at project team meetings. Personally, I had a great experience my first 6 years there. The work-life balance is great, but it does depend on your group dynamics. And from what I've observed, the benefits are right up there at par with the best companies.

    Cons

    Vertex has experienced an immense growth phase due to the success of 2 marketed drugs. As a result, the bureaucracy has increased to a ridiculous amount. The values of the company have had to shift due to being a publicly traded company. There is nothing really exciting behind the CF drugs, so if they don't continue to work in the clinic, I smell trouble for the company.


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