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Biogen Director Reviews

Updated 15 December 2017
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  • Maintaining a great work-life balance is your own responsibility (in 42 reviews)

  • Upper management has agenda that does not respect employees (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

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

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    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"

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    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. Helpful (7)

    "Decade+ within organization"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Weston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Weston, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Biogen is an Innovative company, has a strong commitment to science; offers generous benefits; and places a premium on employee safety.

    Cons

    High degree of instability; CEO is a tyrant and has diverted the organization from its traditional mission; Biogen used to be a rewarding place to work and fostered an environment that welcomed new ideas; under current CEO, employees live in constant fear and survival seems to be the sole focus.

    Advice to Management

    Return to traditional Biogen values; get rid of CEO.


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  5. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people focused on an important mission.

    Cons

    New leadership changeover. Lots of "senior/older" folks replaced with new/younger hires.

    Advice to Management

    Keep great people and institutional knowledge.


  6. "Associate Director"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for; great science; talented people; very flexible work environment; great benefits; bus service; willing to do things creatively; still has elements of small company culture

    Cons

    trying to grow too fast; trying to become big Pharma like

    Advice to Management

    don't become big Pharma like; try to maintain the entrepreneurial culture; kudos for being more transparent than in the past


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Medical Director"

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    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


  8. "Politics and short term focus"

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    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but in transition"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Company changed a lot"

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    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.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Director"

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    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