Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
218 Reviews

3.8
218 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.  

    Decent company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Biogen Idec offers competitive pay, advancement opportunities, good benefits for employees, and they generally hire good talent.

    Cons

    Sad to see bottom line seemingly more important than employees, research, or patients.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, hours, location and no stress.

    Cons

    Being a contractor, pay, and open space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more selective with whom they hire.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    They won't let me in.

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment. Some departments make good use of people's strengths. I felt more involved, needed, respected, and valued while contracting at Biogen then I ever did any place else I've worked in 30+ years.

    Cons

    As a contractor I was left out of all the good things. The stock price went from $150/share to $292/share while I was there. Since I was a contractor...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't throw people out blindly.

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  5.  

    Great company, well run, patient focused

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    Current Employee - Executive  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Executive in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Well paid, patient oriented, flat, lean and simple structure

    Cons

    Not many, the executive leadership team are great as individuals but they can be dysfunctional as a group, making lots of unnecessary work layers below.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont lose the edge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contract scientist

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist III  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Stimulating work, good employee atmosphere. Good monetary compensation.

    Cons

    Alienation of contractors from meetings and team building activities. For contractors: unpaid sick days, holidays and time off, as well as no health insurance, parking, shuttle, or retirement benefits. Have noticed that most employees and contractors are overworked and stretched out to their limits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include contractors more in meetings and leadership roles. Most contractors work as hard or harder than regular employees so some compensation is necessary.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Changing from Patient Services to a Call center environment

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    Current Employee - Case Manager  in  Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Durham, NC (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The benefits are good. There is free soda, fruit on certain days, and donuts and muffins on Friday.

    Cons

    Office politics, micro managing, and lateral moves within the same department. I titled my review with that title because we we have never been a call center, but there are changes that will be taking place to make us just that. New management brings about new changes, and not for the better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting like you know the jobs of your subordinates, just because you made it into management. 90% of the Team Leads and Supervisors have no clue on how to do things that they used to do because they are so disconnected. Wearing titles is what they are good at, and what they are good for. Knowing how to help and resolve and issue doesn't take motivational interviewing, it takes a skill set in which they are out of touch with.

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

    poor people management skills by senior management level

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    bright people, patient-driven company, ethics and compliance highly valued

    Cons

    senior management level is not very skilled in managing people and such poor expertise within senior level leads to some mistaken and highly demotivating decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please, try to develop better people management skills as soon as possible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Biogen Idec

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Recent stock increase is major benefit to those that have been there for a while. Decent pay. Overall really talented group of people working there.

    Huge benefit if you are a scientist as this is one of the top Biotechs in the industry.

    Overall the drugs the company makes have a huge benefit to the patients that take them. That is the best motivator is that the company's product has a positive impact in the lives of many people with MS and other debilitating diseases.

    Cons

    IT went through massive layoffs and then we were all expected to do the same jobs, fill in all of the gaps and get paid the same. Overall not a very effective approach, except to the bottom line, which is what the overall focus is and will continue to be.
    Also if you are not best buddies with upper management your chance for promotion is extremely limited in your area. Promotion, at least in IT, was rarely merit based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If management really wants to move from a "Command and Control" mentality to having committed, dedicated employees, then make positions and promotions merit based and not based on past relationships at former companies.
    The obvious focus is the bottom line and stock holders of upper management. Call a spade a spade and just say that...almost every other company in the world does.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doing the right thing for patients and employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Biogen Idec cares about good science, treating employees well and changing the lives of the patients we serve. I am encouraged to pursue education and development. There is commitment to the community and a focus on diversity and inclusion.

    Cons

    Recent nepotism has resulted in a less diverse leadership team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice company ! Very employee friendly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very employee friendly
    nice team and people
    flexible

    Cons

    no cons as of now , but traveling to downtown is tough !

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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