Working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals |

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Overview

Boston, MA (US)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (VRTX)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
£2 to £5 billion (GBP) per year
Vertex Pharmaceuticals is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative new medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. Vertex scientists and their collaborators are working on new medicines to advance the ... Read more


Vertex creates new possibilities in medicine to cure diseases and improve people's lives. We work with leading researchers, doctors, public health experts and other collaborators who share our vision for ... Read more

Company Updates

  • On the latest episode of The Hennessy Report podcast, our Chief HR Officer Stephanie Franklin takes you behind-the-scenes of working at Vertex, and how our patient-focused culture, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and so much more makes us a great place to work.
    Listen here:

    Episode 26 - Stephanie Franklin - Vertex by The Hennessy Report

    Dave Hennessy speaks with Stephanie Franklin, SVP & CHRO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The two discuss the many great things Vertex is doing to help find a cure for CF, their core focus on the patient and how Stephanie is leading HR without straying from Vertex's values.

  • Watch and learn about what it means to work at Vertex and the story behind our mission:

    We Are Vertex: Our Story

    At Vertex, we are relentless in our pursuit to create transformative medicines. We have spent the last 20 years doing what was once thought impossible - developing the first medicines that treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) -- and we're not stopping until we discover a cure.

See AllSee All

Vertex Pharmaceuticals – Why Work For Us?

Who We Are

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases.

We discovered and developed the first medicines to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare, life-threatening genetic disease. In addition to clinical development programs in CF, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other serious diseases. 

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, our corporate headquarters is now located in Boston’s Innovation District, and our international headquarters is in London, United Kingdom. We currently employ 2,100 people in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia with nearly two-thirds of our staff dedicated to research and development.

Vertex is consistently recognized as one of the industry’s top places to work by Science Magazine, The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal and the San Diego Business Journal. Our research and medicines have also received esteemed recognitions, including the Robert J. Beall Therapeutics Development Award, the French Prix Galien and the British Pharmacological Society awards.


Our Holistic Approach

The diversity and authenticity of our people is part of what makes Vertex unique. We recognize that each employee brings diverse perspectives and strengths, and, by embracing those strengths and celebrating differences, we inspire innovation together.

Employee Resource Networks

We’re committed to providing employees with resources to achieve their professional and personal goals. Our employee-led networks, called Employee Resource Networks (ERNs), foster connectivity and collaboration across all levels and engage colleagues in personal and professional enrichment opportunities such as mentoring, career development, community outreach and cultural awareness activities. Current ERNs include:

  • IWILL – Inspiring Women in Leadership & Learning
  • VIBE – Vertex Includes Boundless Ethnicities
  • VERTEX PRIDE  – Provides an opportunity to celebrate and engage with the LGBT community

Help Us Achieve Our Mission

At Vertex, we have some of the industry's best and brightest people helping us achieve our mission of discovering transformative medicines to help people with serious diseases like cystic fibrosis.Whether they are in the lab, part of our business development team or on the phones with patients, we depend on a talented global workforce to lead the charge as we work toward developing tomorrow's breakthrough medicines. 

Meet The Vertex Leadership Team

Giving Back

Giving back is part of who we are – it’s in our DNA. Over the last 30 years, Vertex has grown into a leading global biotech that continually innovates to bring transformative medicines to people around the world. As we’ve grown, so too has our commitment to giving back to patients and the community - from our annual Day of Service, to our Vertex Learning Lab, scholarship awards and our patient assistance programs. 

Our Vision

Vertex is committed to inspiring and equipping under-resourced students to become the next generation of scientific leaders. We have developed strong relationships with local education leaders, schools in our neighborhoods and students across our communities to help provide young people with a pathway to success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.

Annual Day of Service

Community service is an important part of our Vertex values. Each year, our employees participate in a global Day of Service collectively providing approximately 500 hours of volunteer service to dozens of nonprofit organizations and schools in our communities. Unique to Vertex is that a key focus of this day is our STEM education projects, which range from packaging science kits loaded with equipment and educational material for classrooms to going on-site to schools to conduct mini science fairs with the goal of getting kids interested in science. Watch our video below.

Team Vertex

Team Vertex is about camaraderie and connecting with the patient community. We support events like races and walks that help patients and their families. Our employees enthusiastically take part in these events.

Development Opportunities

Our people are driven, lifelong learners, who take charge of their careers. They are exceptional at what they do, which is why we are committed to providing opportunities that empower them to grow their talents and thrive beyond their expectations. Employees from every level and function can benefit from experiences such as job rotations, mentorships, and skill development workshops. Other examples of programs that employees can partake in include:

  • Special projects and cross-functional assignments
  • Innovation challenges like our Vertex Opportunities for Intrapreneurship and Corporate Evolution (VOICE) program
  • The Vertex Manager Curriculum (for new managers and emerging leaders)
  • Networking opportunities and memberships with local and global organizations

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
167 Ratings
  • Featured Review

    "Best Company I've Ever Worked for"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA (US)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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


    Pay, Benefits, Culture, and time off are all outstanding. Company is constantly doing surveys to see how they could improve life for their employees. They are generous and appreciate hard work. Everyone is passionate and driven. I've had 5 different managers since I started here and they've all been amazing. I love everyone I work with and I couldn't be happier. I feel blessed to be working here.


    I agree with some that HR often searches outside the company for new hires instead of hiring from within. But, they've recently stated that they are going to be offering more trainings to current employees so they can hire and promote from within whenever possible. I believe they will do that.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

See All 363 Reviews

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Photos

Vertex Pharmaceuticals photo of: Boston skyline
Vertex Pharmaceuticals photo of: CF Great Strides Walk
Vertex Pharmaceuticals photo of: 2015 Interns
Vertex Pharmaceuticals photo of: Boston Business Journal Best Places To Work Event
Vertex Pharmaceuticals photo of: Vertex Headquarters
Vertex Pharmaceuticals photo of: Vertex Learning Lab
See All PhotosSee All

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview


    HR Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Boston, MA (US)) in February 2018.


    The interview process was seamless, informational and very professional. I experienced the highest degree of professional service, speedy/timely responsiveness from the recruiter, and felt greatly valued immediately. Upon being hired, I was immediately brought in for orientation and then integrated quickly into my team. I received a lot of support not only from my team, but also from anyone and everyone I interacted with outside of my function.

    Interview Questions

    • What are some of the greatest challenges you have had to navigate in your career? In the past two years? How did you overcome them and what lessons learned can you share?   Answer Question
See All 145 Interviews

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Awards & Accolades

  • Boston Business Journal Best Places to Work, Boston Business Journal, 2017
  • Boston Globe's Top Places to Work, The Boston Globe, 2017
  • San Diego Business Journal Best Places to Work, San Diego Business Journal, 2017
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune Top Workplaces 2017, San Diego Union Tribune, 2017
  • Science Magazine Top Employer, Science Magazine, 2017
See More

Work at Vertex Pharmaceuticals? Share Your Experiences

Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
Click to Rate