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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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144 Ratings

    Great people and company going through a period of change

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate II in Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate II in Maidenhead, England

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time


    Fantastic people who are on the whole truly committed to what they are doing. There is real passion and desire to do the very best on most projects. Great workplace 'perks' such as free barista-style coffees and hot drinks, subsidised cantine and some great social events organised on site, such as free lunches once a month, fancy dress days and discounted cinema/theatre tickets.


    The company is currently going through a period of huge growth, so is moving from a small biotech to a medium/large biotech and is experiencing all the usual teething problems associated with this- lots of new people and products but without the infrastructure or processes to properly support the growth mean that things can feel a bit chaotic and disorganised. Mentalities and behaviours are slowly changing however, and many of the new people are making great changes and helping to future-proof the organisation.

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    Listen to/use the people you have spent such a long time hiring to get the very best out of them- some people have great ideas but they never come to fruition because they don't get the opportunity to work them through fully.

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Biogen Idec Interviews

Updated 5 Feb 2015
Updated 5 Feb 2015

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    Manufacturing Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at Biogen Idec.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was brief, round robin style with 4 managers and 4 interview candidates, 15 mins with each manager. Be able to elaborate on anything you put on your resume, examples of skill use and definitions of processes. The interviewing managers were all very nice and professional but two of them had poker faces the entire time and were very intimidating. They seemed to appreciate my positivity and enthusiasm, the other candidates were quiet with no expressions and seemed scared, I don't think they made it. Overall positive experience. Questions were fair and not meant to be tricky. Have questions to ask for each person! From application to interview took 2 weeks, from interview to offer took 1 week, from offer to first day took 1 month.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you know about Biogen?
      Define what being a leader means to you.
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Asked for relocation assistance but was denied. Accepted anyways.
    Accepted Offer
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Biogen Idec Awards and Accolades

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Top Employer, Science Magazine, 2012
Top Employer, Science Magazine, 2011
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Headquarters Cambridge, MA
Size 5,000+ Employees
Founded 1978
Type Company - Public (BIIB)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue £2 to £5 billion (GBP) per year
Competitors Unknown

With its pipeline full of biotech drugs, Biogen Idec aims to meet the unmet needs of patients around the world. The biotech giant is focused on developing treatments in the areas of immunology and neurology. Its product roster includes best-selling Avonex, a popular drug for the treatment of relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS); Tysabri, a drug treatment for MS and Crohn's disease (developed with Elan); Rituxan, a monoclonal antibody developed jointly with Genentech that treats non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis; and Fumaderm, a psoriasis drug marketed in... More

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