Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated 13 October, 2014
Updated 13 October, 2014
228 Reviews
3.8
228 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Has really good benefits, promotes work/life balance, recognizes good performers (in 24 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of Leader communication, work-life balance non existent, un-realistic expectations (in 15 reviews)

  • Upper management has lost touch with the common employees even though you are now located in Cambridge (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Breach of Agreed Upon Paid Terms for Contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Senior Business Analyst in Weston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Senior Business Analyst in Weston, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free soda, free water, lots of modern work space, compensation

    Cons

    Lack of Leader communication, work-life balance non existent, un-realistic expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more accurate work effort sizing - have offshore dev team to be accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company is growing faster and employees become just a number

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefit/salary. Good and motivated people.

    Cons

    No recognitions, management only interested to a personal developmen;, not able to deal with conflicts. Unfair work environment. Recognitions are given to bad performers. Extremely demotivating. Always choose for the short term easy solution rather than a long term plan. People should not speak up as it is not well perceived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give possibilities to good performers to grow and develop, try to keep them motivated. Listen to feedbacks and take proper actions with bad performers.Work enviroment is worsening, take immediate actions before it is too late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    In IT? Work at BIIB for money and benefits, not sanity.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, and the company's future looks bright. If you're lucky, your direct report will shield you from most of the mess from above.

    Cons

    If you're looking for quarterly re-orgs, leadership by fear, incessant politicking, a refusal to acknowledge or address incompetence, the Peter Principle in action, and an ostrich-like approach to looming disasters even when presented with proactive solutions -- then run, don't walk, to the Biogen head office (if you can find it, they have trouble deciding where to keep it) and request an application, stat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - pay
    - pipeline
    - some of the best products in the market

    Cons

    - management
    - work-life-balance
    - job security (constant fear of losing job if you do not do what management says)
    - retaliation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long look at your 'middle' management. Many of them are great at managing up but not at actually managing people. Most do not have any past management experience before taking the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Area Business Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    great pipeline, nice stock options including RSUs and purchase plan, CEO has grasp on future of the company and is a genuinely nice person

    Cons

    negative culture, inexperienced managers, VP of sales is from primary care and has convinced upper management that a1990s primary care like pod environment is a great idea for a biotech company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Biotech should be high tech with highly competent sales people and managers, hire managers with experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pipeline
    Great benefits
    No more pros

    Cons

    Work-life balance doesn't exist in this company.
    Hard work,no fun.
    Looks great from outside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Satisfaction depends on the supervisor personality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Look beyond the pretty facade

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has had a ton of success over the past 2 years. It a very exciting place to work and the salary, stock, benefits are great.

    There is a new focus on science and the company is throwing resources at R&D.

    If you're in the right group, you will see a lot of flexibility in work arrangements (WFH, telecommuting, etc)

    Cons

    Management is, for the most part, awful. There is constant infighting, finger pointing, and political jockeying. Also, the bureaucracy is both crushing and worthless. A good 30% of the staff are here only because they are too vested in the stock plan (golden handcuffs).

    If you are applying, have a long timeframe. HR is slow and borderline useless. Expect rude comments, arrogance, and lack of communication and follow-through. In my experience, I have seen 3-6 months from first interview to offer. You will also get low balled in salary and title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look past your inner circle. The duct tape and bandaids are starting to come apart.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looks great from outside the company...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great salaries, benefits, some wonderfully smart, dedicated people work at Biogen Idec.

    Cons

    The company has become very political, recent hires are interested only in lots of money and promotions. Some of the worst managers I have ever seen work at Biogen Idec. No sense of teamwork anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go out and get to know the people who are "in the trenches". Realize that some people who are talented individual contributors need to remain individual contributors because they lack the social skills to lead. Please thoroughly vet the people you are considering making leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Biogen

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Current on technology. They have a weekly "Happy Hour" for employees in Weston and Cambridge.
    Tons of on the job (online) training, very flexibke when it comes to employees work schedule. A lot of mobile and telecommuting is an option

    Cons

    They can be cut throat when they let you go. 40% of staff are contractors. (Could be due to their move from Weston to Camb) Contract to perm is difficult and rare. Most contractors are used for a year (maybe more) by company then let go w/o rehire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at hiring your existing contract employees. They work harder (and complain less) than the permanent employees. Also instead of laying off an employee, cut back on some of the travel (esp international) and nix the weekly Happy Hours. There are other ways to recognice all the hard work your employees do. That way you can have an end of the year Holiday party where all the (perm) staff can attend (vs a selected amount of perm staff)

  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    long time lab head, saw many changes over the years

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Investigator in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Investigator in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Core sciences (immunology, protein biochemistry) were, at one time, world class. The Neuro group, while weak in Discovery research, can execute on clinical development like no one else in the MS field. Company has had more positive impact on MS patients lives than all others combined.

    Cons

    Vicious, relentless political infighting. Every department, every level, every day, played out against a vapid and hypocritical message of transparency and openness. Just vile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on neurology, dump immunology (its hopeless), remove middle management across the company, fire 2/3rds of the VPs, and read your own vision and core values statements

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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