Biogen Director Reviews | Glassdoor.co.uk

Glassdoor uses cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing, you agree to our use of cookies. OK | Learn More

Biogen Director Reviews

Updated 7 October 2017
48 reviews

Filter

Filter

Director

2.7
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Biogen CEO Michel Vounatsos
Michel Vounatsos
3 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (5)

    "was a great company to work for ...."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Director in Maidenhead, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Focussed on driving products forward and stretching talent allowing for innovation. Good financial package for new hires, and for old hires, high share price is now reaping dividends.

    Cons

    Old hires not financially lifted in line with market when promoted leading to skewed salaries, as well as bias towards higher salaries for males. Company growing rapidly with many new products and hiring of poor leaders who indiscriminantly manage out once settled in order to have a secure seat - they hire in their friends with good remuneration. HR is notoriously poor in UK, to the point of being non-existent - they are just there to support senior management wishes, and thus cannot be trusted by employees. No recognition of results, and no fun at least on UK site due to poor leadership that bends to USA management. Company was GREAT, but no more under current management who are reaping the results sown by older colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being insecure, and live the values you advertise


  2. Helpful (4)

    "changes to come"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    pool of extremly well educated medics

    Cons

    turnover is the highest I have ever seen in industry due to managment expecting execution rather than contribution

    Advice to Management

    cure the root cause in SABR


  3. "Medical Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Medical Director
    Former Employee - Medical Director

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Company-This company offered a very good multi-cultural experience in downtown Cambridge. While working with some of the industry's best, I was able to expand my knowledge and career.

    Cons

    Tight timelines, constant change, no work life balance


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. "Politics and short term focus"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director Market Access in Zug (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Associate Director Market Access in Zug (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, salary and great colleagues. Good systems and great past. Unfortunately everything has changed with the new CEO and with the McKinsey project to cut costs.

    Cons

    Nepotism, politics, short term focus. Lack of clear strategy. Constant restructuring. Fear to speak up. Constant cost cutting. Lack of long term perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your people


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but in transition"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company does extraordinary work and is filled with high-quality people.

    Cons

    Lots management changes and reorganizations over the last 18 months. More change likely in the near future.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people and culture. Make the next round of re-orgs the last for at least a year.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Company changed a lot"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Biogen has a very good reputation in the biotech industry and it has been very successful until it started going down the hill since 2015.

    Cons

    Biogen has had many setbacks and did not make the right strategic decisions to stay at the top. For that reason, many employees were let go, the atmosphere started becoming toxic and many employees quit the company. One of biogen's motto is "caring deeply"; if Biogen truly cares deeply for the patients and for external stakeholders, it is untrue for its own employees.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that a large proportion of the employees are not happy and are disengaged and are looking for other opportunities. Senior Management (together with HR which has an unusual strong power in this company) must take action and must take care of the employees.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; access to training and development. Very competitive pay. Wonderful people below senior execs who really care about patients and world class Dev Organization

    Cons

    New CEO is killing off what was great. McKinsey is running the show and people fear more layoffs. The executive team is totally out of touch with what is really happening. It's very sad. No one dares dissent.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to Merck


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Marketing in Weston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Director, Marketing in Weston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well, fast paced, great colleagues who know what they are doing. A lot of very smart people that enjoy what they do. Flexible with good benefits package.

    Cons

    CEO lacks a grasp on reality and won't be influenced. A lot of change and no clear vision which results in silos across teams and departments.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what those who know are telling you


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Great Company undergoing a lot of change"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros greatly outweigh cons and include pay, benefits, work life balance and the people are great. Lots of very smart employees. The Company is one the takes risks to bring really important products to market.

    Cons

    There has been tremendous change at various management levels including the CEO but even one or two levels below that which impedes focus and goal achievement.

    Advice to Management

    Settle things down for awhile. Change is good but the amount of change is now leading to productivity and morale problems. Also, the Company seems to prefer hiring from the outside for talent versus a strong management development program. Some of this is because the Company has grown so quickly over the last couple of years but now there are a lot of people with 3 to 5 years tenure that are looking for career advancement. More focus on internal development for talent needs will improve morale and performance.


  11. Helpful (23)

    "Exposing the sordid underbelly of Biogen"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It had a thriving pipeline when I was there, but it is flat now.
    My peers were smart, hardworking, and ethical, but, of course, they've all been laid off.

    Cons

    Heartless cuts of nearly an entire department betrayed the true sentiments of executive management: we only care about the bottom line. We pretend to care about the other stuff.

    Advice to Management

    1) Value your reputation.
    2) No phony creeds or mission statements like, "Work fearlessly. Change lives."
    3) "Biogen 4.0" is in the toilet.