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Biogen Reviews

Updated Nov 16, 2019

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3.6
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Biogen CEO Michel Vounatsos
Michel Vounatsos
116 Ratings
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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Area Business Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industry leading/very competitive base salary. Sales bonuses approximately 25% of salary at 100% to forecast. Very good benefits. Growing company with a relatively strong pipeline.

    Cons

    Attrition rates may be higher than the industry average.

    Biogen2018-07-31
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Proceed with open eyes"

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    Former Employee - Commercial Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great products with motivated and talented employees.

    Cons

    Lately there has been unable management at the senior levels with a lot of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Lead through vision and motivate your employees to make a difference.

    Biogen2019-09-11
  3. Helpful (11)

    "Sad to See What Biogen has Become"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people and history - although both are in the rear view mirror. The turnover rate a the company is significant.

    Cons

    Current leadership or lack of. The organization has gone from a collaborative open culture to a my way or the highway philosophy. The result is people are doing what they are told not what they think is right. Those that choose to lead with what they believe in are quickly shown the door.

    Advice to Management

    Increase your diversity - too much Merck and too little respect for the institutional knowledge the organization has.

    Biogen2018-12-07
  4. "Great employer"

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    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.

    Biogen2016-04-11
  5. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative 

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Great place to establish career

    Cons

    They have a limited commission structure

    Biogen2019-11-13
  6. "Biogen"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist 

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Good company with flexible working time

    Cons

    Promotion is difficult at some level

    Biogen2019-11-06
  7. Helpful (2)

    "R&D"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting-edge science, talented employees with a can-do attitude, confidence to challenge the status quo to work on difficult and complex problems in neuroscience ( a field that a lot of pharma/company's R&D departments have exited entirely); very competitive compensation and benefits; every day is a new challenge (for better or for worse)

    Cons

    Politics, cronyism, and favoritism reign supreme. In R&D, there are high experienced, competent employees that are not fairly compensated relative to other employees' background and minimal experience levels. It comes down to who your hiring manager was and his/her judgment in making hiring decisions. Sometimes poor decisions get made, causing loyal, hardworking employees to feel resentment to those less... experienced ones (but higher up on the career level), leaving a culture with an extremely low morale, bitter resentment, and nasty gossip. Everyone in my group has talked trash about everyone else in my group, and this is not a secret to anyone. It truly epitomizes the worst toxic corporate environment.

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    Advice to Management

    Be reasonable, use common sense, promote transparency through being honest, and ethical (which is apparently an element of Biogen's culture)

    Biogen2019-11-16
  8. "Great company with overall purpuse."

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Manager in Hillerød
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company making life better for patients. Very dedicated employees Great teamwork globally Amazing benefits, including a very unusual global perk: When working fulltime for 6 years, you have the option to go on leave for 4 weeks including salary Company ready for agility, have centralized IT at lower cost locations and have consolidated some major IT contracts into fewer vendors Sold of the Hillerod... Production site and made sure it was a good company taking over and Perks were kept

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    Cons

    Sometimes to big a middle size company to make an impact Not nimble processes Have to be at the right time and place to get opportunities Can be difficult ex- US and ex-Switzerland (Intl HQ's) to get real opportunities

    Advice to Management

    To much instability with the many lean projects- please start consider this could impact reputation of company and ability to attract good staff. Do the exit interviews to find out why people are leaving and if it can be fixed

    Biogen2019-11-04
  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, driven, friendly colleagues. Executive team that truly cares about patients around the world. Great diversity and inclusion initiatives. Good benefits

    Cons

    can be very fast moving

    Biogen2019-11-04
  10. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist III 

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

    Pros

    Good career development skills-wise, but hard to leverage that into promotion

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted in technical development. Other parts of the company are leveled much differently

    Biogen2019-11-13
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