Biogen Idec

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Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated 11 November 2014
Updated 11 November 2014
233 Reviews
3.8
233 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Has really good benefits, promotes work/life balance, recognizes good performers (in 24 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 24 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.  

    Excellent place to work

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

    I worked at Biogen Idec as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are extremely dedicated to their work and most people are very willing to provide you with anything you may ask of them such as career support or development

    Cons

    As an intern, it is sometimes difficult to get a grasp on such a large organization that is continuing to grow. A more comprehensive introduction to the company would be beneficial.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work, great benefits, great people, boring work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Durham, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Durham, NC (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and work environment

    Cons

    Work can be very boring depending on which group you're in. Lots of documentation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, the cons are simply part of the pharma industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    A Decent Place to Work, Like Most Places

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Average benefits for biotech, which is above average for most other industries. Mostly good people dedicated to making patients' lives better. Reasonably current on technology with good training opportunities.

    Cons

    There are a lot of contractors and short-term fix mentality must be challenged on a regular basis. Some administrative departments are very cliquey and can be difficult to support. Longer hours than should be are required for similar work done at similar companies. Not the greatest work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contractor vs.FTE mix is getting a little high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Breach of Agreed Upon Paid Terms for Contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Senior Business Analyst in Weston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Senior Business Analyst in Weston, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free soda, free water, lots of modern work space, compensation

    Cons

    Lack of Leader communication, work-life balance non existent, un-realistic expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more accurate work effort sizing - have offshore dev team to be accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, poor management, no advancement or respect in IT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weston, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company does great things. Company focuses on providing employees and contractors with a great work environment. Benefits for employees are above standard and the Executive Leadership since the new HR EVP arrived has been completely focused on modernizing the benefits and the company overall. This EVP has been a tremendous add to the corporate culture and really knows how to see things for what they really are.

    Cons

    Unfortunately EVP's are fooled by IT VP Executives who have no idea what they are doing and only take credit when things are going well. When times are bad executives blame everyone except themselves for the poor decisions they have made. Most of the management below the VP levels are very good at what they do and most are great leaders and smarter than those they work for. The have good people working here, a great company culture but bad department/division executives. No promotions unless you are part of the current "in" crowd and you need to stay current because tomorrow you could be out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. Exciting environment to work in, excellent people on the teams and a very collaborative culture. Change up the management and focus on bringing back a culture where people want to go to work not where they are afraid to go to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Top notch benefits including excellent healthcare, subsidized cafeteria with fantastic healthy food selection, etc. Great management, encourage employees to share ideas and contribute creatively

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, hard to get things done sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    The company is profitable, generally well run, with competent management at all levels. It has a clear corporate vision, and hires people that are excellent at their jobs. The company also has considerable focus on the patients who rely on it's products and expends a lot of effort in initiatives to promote their welfare outside of drug development. Vacation time is very generous, and other benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    The company has adopted an open office space plan which means that there are no offices or cubicles - just large areas filled with desks and spindled with couches and "huddle" rooms. Everything about that is annoying and productivity sucking. HR talks a lot about focusing on career and personal development, but, in practice, there's rarely opportunities for that or advancement within the company. There are even job levels that can only be obtained by quitting and being hired back at a later date. There are MANY people that have worked at the company for a decade or more with lots of personal recognition, but no promotion. They pay well, but it's not a place to advance your career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Has 1 year experience with Bioge Idec client

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Siebel Architect in Webster, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Siebel Architect in Webster, NY (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time

    Pros

    Work-Life balance and a positive Environment

    Cons

    slight leadership improvement and personal growth

  10.  

    Biogen - Cambridge

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

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location is great
    Work can be rewarding
    Benefits are outstanding
    Hours are good
    Flexible work arragngements

    Cons

    Promotions same as every where who you know
    Silos exists like every where else, best to like who is in yours
    Weak performers don't deal with them
    Politics - same as else where
    Team Spirit - some groups better than others

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company is growing faster and employees become just a number

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefit/salary. Good and motivated people.

    Cons

    No recognitions, management only interested to a personal developmen;, not able to deal with conflicts. Unfair work environment. Recognitions are given to bad performers. Extremely demotivating. Always choose for the short term easy solution rather than a long term plan. People should not speak up as it is not well perceived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give possibilities to good performers to grow and develop, try to keep them motivated. Listen to feedbacks and take proper actions with bad performers.Work enviroment is worsening, take immediate actions before it is too late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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