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Biogen Reviews

Updated 15 December, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work life balance was very good" (in 89 reviews)

  • "Great people- great benefits, lot of perks" (in 111 reviews)

Cons
  • "stressful to try to work/life balance" (in 44 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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

    I worked at Biogen full-time (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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Sad to See What Biogen has Become"

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

    I have been working at Biogen full-time (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.

  3. "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.


  4. "Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inclusive culture
    Smart and dedicated people
    Culture that truly cares about the patients we serve
    Biogen bus!

    Cons

    Lots of work
    Commute into Cambridge is tough from the suburbs

    Advice to Management

    Keep up doing what you do; especially communication and outreach to employees.


  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    I like working for this company.

    Cons

    As with all industry, there is a lot of change and restructuring.


  6. "Good big-name company to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -professional training
    -competitive benefit
    -flexible schedule, good work-life balance

    Cons

    -a not very efficient management team
    -IT support is not good


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Use To Be The Best!"

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    Former Employee - Quality Control in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers huddled tight during tough situations, subsidized lunch!

    Cons

    Managers cherry picked promotions and or raises. Mistletoes were hung over the department to see who would kiss the most behind for advancement. Managers did not know how to perform for the job accepted in fact most in QC were the worst except for a few, you know who you are! Lots of conflict of interest where old supervisors from other companies were allowed to hire their past direct reports into groups with their past reports reporting to them with management knowing! Lots of new lazy analysts being hired and its totally okay with management cause as long as they are apid their 6 figures they don't really care what goes on in their departments as long as metrics are met so their bonuses are secure! There are some managers that need to be placed on pips for poor management style and on high turn over rates, you would think that HR would be concerned with one group losing over 7 people within 1.5years under the same management!!!!! This is a red alert but at BIIB its normal!

    Advice to Management

    Hire real talent in management with expertise for the department you're actually hiring for! Make AD's accountable for their direct reports (managers, Sr. Managers)! Stop hiring friends and peers, hire good talent to keep the company at a better moral capacity!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Too much change"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, challenging work

    Cons

    Undergoing many changes and quite a bit of turnover via attrition


  9. "Employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Staff are very friendly

    Cons

    Hard to progress within the role


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not as great as before but still Better than most"

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    Current Employee - MFG Associate III in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - MFG Associate III in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, salary, health insurance, maternity leave, diverse, & good coworkers

    Cons

    Lack of career development
    Good ol boy culture/favoritism in Mfg
    Slowly decreasing benefits

    Advice to Management

    Switch up the managers & supervisors in mfg to allow for less bias. Make employees (not profits) a priority again