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Biogen Reviews

Updated 7 April, 2018
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Pros
  • Work life balance was very good (in 83 reviews)

  • Great benefits, work life balance (in 104 reviews)

Cons
  • Maintaining a great work-life balance is your own responsibility (in 42 reviews)

  • Upper management has agenda that does not respect employees (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Great employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    The people, half day Fridays, and Thursday lunches

    Cons

    The people and culture changed over time.


  2. "medical science liaison"

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    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Safe, pipeline, clinical research, science

    Cons

    many process, many trainings, little resolutive

  3. "Company of Dedicated People Bringing Life-changing Therapies"

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    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Associate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Associate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated and intelligent people driving important high quality therapies to patients. Welcoming those who bring diversity of culture and perspective. Promotion of career growth through cross-training. Always looking at ways to improve the company and therapies for patients.

    Cons

    Difficulty breaking down silos between functions and organizations to promote sharing of information and experience. Occasionally creating uncertainty and re-org fatigue while trying to implement leaner processes. Rushing initiatives that are beneficial but at the cost of employee coordination and consistent processes.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize consistency in processes for bringing product to market. Making company improvement decisions crisp and without ambiguity and uncertainty.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Too many individuals and politics, not enough team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Take on big challenges and meet unmet needs

    Cons

    The culture over the last few years is heading in the wrong direction. Too many people are looking out for themselves, instead of working together.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leader are not seen anymore. Past leaders would walk through the building and meet the people doing work. It now feels like big pharma


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Biogen cares about their employees. They treat you with respect. They have social hour which gives you the chance to meet and mingle with other workmates after work

    Cons

    Lot of lay offs. This can't be avoided. That's the only issue I had with Biogen


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A Company in Transition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, pipeline and benefits

    Cons

    Very political, slow decision making and significant leadership turnover


  7. "Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Strong commitment to patient advocacy and scientifically sounds medicines

    Cons

    Company tended to bring in individuals from the outside rather than promoting from within - career development was stagnant

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place in the right group"

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

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. People development taken seriously.

    Cons

    A lot of politics and it is increasing over time.

    Advice to Management

    Work to close the gap between upper management and individual contributors.


  9. "Excellent environment with excellent benefits"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits package can not be beat. Work life balance was very good.

    Cons

    Depending on department, upward movement is more difficult and moves were lateral. But this was not common and always being addressed in employee surveys


  10. Helpful (23)

    "New leadership does not appreciate its people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people here are top notch and super friendly. The old friendly and helpful culture is still around, but recent guidelines do not emphasize that anymore, so it's hard to say what will happen.

    Historically, great benefits and perks. Summer hours, nice bonuses, Stock Purchase Program, weekly Social Hour, winter shutdown, sabbaticals, remote work, reliable raises if you perform well - all things the new leadership is threatening. Reliable raises are gone now.

    Cons

    The company is in a big transition in its culture. New CEO / HR / CFO, etc. It's not clear where we will land, but this is definitely not the Biogen of even 3-5 years ago. It's beginning to feel like a soul-less mega-corp and that is just so sad.

    New compensation guidelines are very hard on every single employee. You can work 60 hrs a week, far exceed expectations, do everything that is asked and more, and still your manager can do very little to reward you for that. This has really decreased morale among the top performers at the company. Why bother to work 50-60 hours a week, when others work less than 40 and get the same raise? 1-2 people in the entire department get a raise sufficient to counteract inflation. Do amazing, get a top score and the raise you get is the same % that an average performer got for the last twenty years. Doesn't feel good at all.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and value your employees. Your top performers are discouraged and looking for other opportunities where they will feel valued. Pay "meh" and you'll get "meh".


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