Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated 22 September, 2014
Updated 22 September, 2014
220 Reviews
3.8
220 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent benefits, culture, work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance, although they are working on it (just released Flexible Work programs) (in 13 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Top notch benefits including excellent healthcare, subsidized cafeteria with fantastic healthy food selection, etc. Great management, encourage employees to share ideas and contribute creatively

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, hard to get things done sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    The company is profitable, generally well run, with competent management at all levels. It has a clear corporate vision, and hires people that are excellent at their jobs. The company also has considerable focus on the patients who rely on it's products and expends a lot of effort in initiatives to promote their welfare outside of drug development. Vacation time is very generous, and other benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    The company has adopted an open office space plan which means that there are no offices or cubicles - just large areas filled with desks and spindled with couches and "huddle" rooms. Everything about that is annoying and productivity sucking. HR talks a lot about focusing on career and personal development, but, in practice, there's rarely opportunities for that or advancement within the company. There are even job levels that can only be obtained by quitting and being hired back at a later date. There are MANY people that have worked at the company for a decade or more with lots of personal recognition, but no promotion. They pay well, but it's not a place to advance your career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Biogen - Cambridge

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location is great
    Work can be rewarding
    Benefits are outstanding
    Hours are good
    Flexible work arragngements

    Cons

    Promotions same as every where who you know
    Silos exists like every where else, best to like who is in yours
    Weak performers don't deal with them
    Politics - same as else where
    Team Spirit - some groups better than others

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Has 1 year experience with Bioge Idec client

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Siebel Architect  in  Webster, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Siebel Architect in Webster, NY (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Work-Life balance and a positive Environment

    Cons

    slight leadership improvement and personal growth

  6.  

    Great company, poor management, no advancement or respect in IT

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company does great things. Company focuses on providing employees and contractors with a great work environment. Benefits for employees are above standard and the Executive Leadership since the new HR EVP arrived has been completely focused on modernizing the benefits and the company overall. This EVP has been a tremendous add to the corporate culture and really knows how to see things for what they really are.

    Cons

    Unfortunately EVP's are fooled by IT VP Executives who have no idea what they are doing and only take credit when things are going well. When times are bad executives blame everyone except themselves for the poor decisions they have made. Most of the management below the VP levels are very good at what they do and most are great leaders and smarter than those they work for. The have good people working here, a great company culture but bad department/division executives. No promotions unless you are part of the current "in" crowd and you need to stay current because tomorrow you could be out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. Exciting environment to work in, excellent people on the teams and a very collaborative culture. Change up the management and focus on bringing back a culture where people want to go to work not where they are afraid to go to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Company is growing faster and employees become just a number

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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 for 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
  8.  

    Awesome place to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice people, helpful people, good friendly environment, good pay, good paid holidays. The health plan is very good. Not a bad place to be in at all.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be hostility among people based on who you are dealing with. Most of them are good though. Senior management sometimes is kind of out of touch with what you are doing. Company is full of people with Indian and Chinese origin and that can cause "clicks" to form.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify the company a lot more.

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

    ok place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good to start out with to gain experience

    Cons

    Not enough advancement from management

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Biogen Idec is a great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Entry Coordinator (Contract)  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Entry Coordinator (Contract) in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Management at Biogen Idec truly cares about the success and happiness of their employees. The company has been growing rapidly for some time due to their continued success in the MS drug market. This is a pharma company with a conscience. They are working on several drugs for Hemophilia patients that will not make them any money! There is a great work/life balance at this company and many activities to take part in that are sponsored by Biogen Idec outside of work.

    Cons

    You absolutely must have a master's degree to get a full time position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! You are changing the lives of MS Patients globally!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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