Biogen Idec

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Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
244 Reviews
4.0
244 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Has really good benefits, promotes work/life balance, recognizes good performers (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of Leader communication, work-life balance non existent, un-realistic expectations (in 15 reviews)

  • Upper management has lost touch with the common employees even though you are now located in Cambridge (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people and company going through a period of change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate II in Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate II in Maidenhead, England

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Been working at Biogen for 5 years

    Current Employee - Manager in Maidenhead, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Maidenhead, England

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

    Pros

    Highly competitive salary, good benefits, flexible working approach, some very nice people

    Cons

    Changing landscape, changing business model

  3.  

    VP R&D

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great products and interesting pipeline

    Cons

    Management is unstable with frequent reorganizations for no real apparent reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to professional development / career management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Amazing place to work, i have the team member. professional environment and great benefits for permanent employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    amazing benefits, great culture and very professional

    Cons

    converting to permanent takes forever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be a good team player

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    a lovely place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    good benefit, good culture, nice colleages

    Cons

    career path all depends on your managers; need to work over time most of the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be fair

  7.  

    Fantastic people, atmosphere, work environment with great benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Successful company that understands the importance of work/life balance. Great benefits, hard to much anywhere else.

    Cons

    Growing much larger all the time, although this can be seen as a pro by some.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Manufacturing Associate II Downstream

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Morrisville, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Morrisville, NC (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, health care and dental plan, and awesome employee stock purchase program. Also food in the cafeteria is subsidized, so breakfast and lunch are super cheap and pretty high quality.

    Cons

    Disconnect between management and manufacturing associates on the floor. A lot of decisions that get passed down to the people making the actual product don't make much sense. Could be better communication across departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your senior level MA's. If someone has been processing for 12 years, they usually know what they are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits with no respect or room for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent health care. Great maternity leave - 12 weeks 100% paid. Average time off. ESPP is open to all employees. 401 k contributions are great.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership and management. If you do not have a Ph.D there is no respect. You are treated as a technician in a manufacturing plant. There is no learning, no growth, you are pigeonholed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Solid company, good perks, good outlook

    Cons

    starting to get a bit heavy on the bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it afloat, I'm enjoying the ride.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Love working at Biogen Idec

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate IV in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate IV in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Great benefits , great pay , good location in Cambridge Ma. Great room for growth if you're looking to move up.

    Cons

    Manufacturing plants are kind of small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be involved in developing in house talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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