Vertex Pharmaceuticals Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated Jun 18, 2020

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Reshma Kewalramani
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic Culture"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Probably the reason why people join.

    Cons

    Work life balance is abysmal, the expectation is that you all even till midnight if that is what it takes. Senior management have a blame culture and favouritism is rampant.

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    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    June 22, 2020Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your time at Vertex and would have suggested you talk to your manager or to Human Resources. Good luck in your next role.

  2. Helpful (22)

    "Get rid of the rotten apple"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful location and good industry with upside potential.

    Cons

    Vertex Pharmaceuticals is a very political place to work. The executive management team has their own small clique and their own favorites. Workplace bullying and harassment results in the victim suffering from degenerating health, diminished morale, and poor work performance. Benefits and pay are a slap in the face. The senior management doesn't know how to run the company and the hard working employees are the ones paying the price.

    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    November 22, 2019Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time at Vertex. If you were experiencing difficulties in your role, we would have suggested you speak with your manager or HR. We will make sure to provide this feedback to our senior leadership team.

  3. Helpful (23)

    "All talk, no walk"

    3.0
    Current Employee - GMDA in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits: -10%+ yearly bonuses with 20-50% stock awards that vest over 3 years. -4 weeks vacation to start and company shut down between Christmas and New year -$300/month commuter benefit, charitable donation matching, and $125/month student loan payment  -401k is just OK with 100% match for up to 3% and 50% match for an additional 1-3% I am lucky that I work on a team with a manager who is supportive, empathetic, and reasonable. The people I work closest with are smart, helpful, and generally easy to work with. Like most places, your experience will vary depending on the department and immediate team. Vertex as a whole is extremely successful, and I take pride in working for a company that focuses on rare genetic diseases and research.

    Cons

    All the comments about senior management in GMDA are spot-on. The comment about adding barriers instead of value is particularly accurate. Extra layers of process and review add inefficiencies and confusion. Decision makers are either unresponsive, unreasonable, or can't agree with each other. They also want their hands in every. little. thing.  Vertex talks a big talk about wanting to support its employees, help them grow, maintain work-life balance, "push decision making down and out" (please), but never follows through. There is a lot of unnecessary pressure and finger-pointing that leads to fear and burnout. They badger and bribe employees to complete an "optional" development plan so that they can say they got 100% participation and claim they did something to support employee development; whether the content of these plans is actually useful is another story. Vertex also talks big about innovation and excellence, but, in my department in particular, opportunities are decided by seniority instead of merit. I am told time and again that I'm ahead of my peers who have been here longer, and yet they get most of the choice projects and growth opportunities. People are ridiculously sensitive about fairness.

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    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    September 3, 2019Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Thank you for taking the time in posting your review. We take feedback seriously and are working on the issues you wrote about. We will make sure your feedback is sent to the leadership team and HR.

  4. Helpful (15)

    "Stay miles away from this company"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are few (very few) true professionals left in the company

    Cons

    Micromanagement, harassment by Senior Management, mediocre talent at executive leadership.

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  5. Helpful (11)

    "Great comp & bens, hell after a few months"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Associate IV in Paddington, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great onboarding for new employees Salary and benefits (which is the only reason people start/stay) Great office location Usually some type of BS campaign being held every week, free food.

    Cons

    Senior management appear to lack basic communication skills. (My team were called in for a "team update" when a co-worker had been fired, it was extremely uncomfortable) Bullying is rife and goes unchecked, across more than just my dept and across all levels. Admins are expected to do way above the norm by working many long hours! **NB although if you have the right Manager you can also get away with doing the bare minimum, enabling you to take as many smoke breaks outside when you want, 2hr lunches plus extra long coffee breaks, can also farm out your duties to other admins (got to be in the know though) If you aren't up to the job, you're shown the door very quickly (no coaching or support given) Promotions are generally only given to "favourites" no matter how hard you work, or length of service. During my service I saw countless numbers of people leave, both pushed and jumped, but nothing is ever addressed, so you either like it or lump it!

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  6. Helpful (21)

    "Run far away"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Boston location is in the heart of the seaport and the building is beautiful.

    Cons

    Unfortunately this company has taking a turn for the worst. GMDA was once a group that worked collaboratively for the greater good. Now, it is a completely toxic culture, which is lead by fear. It is now the norm to see the senior management throw their team under the bus, back-up and do it again. There is no leadership at the VP level, no desire to listen or help employees (HR is a joke), and horrible discrimination based on gender/race/ethnicity. Be certain that if you try to talk to HR or a senior leadership there will be significant retaliation. Do not be fooled! The pay and benefits are not that good, you will never get anything above a 3% pay raise and promotions are extremely difficult. There is zero work-life balance, as senior management expects you to work round the clock to hit the ridiculous timelines they set in order to be able to brag about being the fastest drug company to bring new products to market.

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    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

    July 10, 2019Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Sorry to hear about your experience at Vertex. We take pride in Diversity and Inclusion and the benefits we offer. We will make sure to provide your feedback to GMDA and HR. Thank you.

  7. Helpful (21)

    "terrible workplace"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good breakfast and 401K benefit

    Cons

    very toxic work environment, poor mid-level and senior management

  8. "Reality on the ground"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ambitious, ground breaking pharma company located in the heart of Boston with some really excellent people working there.

    Cons

    Furious timelines and sometimes muddled direction from senior management

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  9. Helpful (32)

    "Vertex has become a company without a soul"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Really smart people work there.

    Cons

    In 2 words: senior management. The goals are set by senior management and they set unattainable goals and then hold everyone to achieving them. Senior management is out of touch with the workforce. They do not care about people or patients. They are driven by their personal bonuses and corporate profit. There is no loyalty to employees. Everyone is viewed as a replaceable commodity. They like to talk about work place diversity but the executive team is exclusively white, middle aged men. The environment is highly adversarial. Those that want to climb the corporate ladder step on one another to get recognition from senior management.

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  10. Helpful (8)

    "Used to be OK"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Can't think of too many

    Cons

    Too much politics. Senior management completely out of touch with whatever is going on in the trenches.

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