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Biogen Manager Reviews

Updated 16 November 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 (2)

    "Good people to work for"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Manager in Ludlow, England
    Former Employee - Logistics Manager in Ludlow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people management, happy workforce

    Cons

    Not enough done to change the work sectors so work dried up.

    Advice to Management

    Look more into diversifying into other sectors.


  2. "Biogen"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    exciting pipeline, flexible work, benefits

    Cons

    Poor project management, work-life balance


  3. "Been working at Biogen for 5 years"

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

    I have been working at Biogen 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


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  5. "Good people, beurocracy and politics rule the company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very nice people, and atmosphere of acceptance.

    Cons

    No career advancement opportunities. Senior management is not engaged, all work done in silos

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and get involved


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Was a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee engagement positive for the most part. Challenging and rewarding experience.

    Cons

    Culture started to change due to a series of changes and power struggles at management level.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Changing culture and not really for the best"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Weston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Weston, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance but high expectations to be available at odd hours if a project demands it.
    Good benefits and fair compensation (aligns with industry)

    Cons

    Reorganizing and consulting company analyzing processes...how can you analyze something that is a moving target? People are constantly looking over their shoulder because they are paranoid about the next layoff which has been clearly coming based on CEO stating there is a goal to streamline processes and a consulting company analyzing processes that have been in a state of flux for a couple of years...

    Advice to Management

    You need to transparent because people don't trust the leadership anymore.


  8. "Sales force effectiveness manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great salary, great bonuses and other incentives

    Cons

    At times there are political plays over ownership of various tasks and projects. Some employees will try and position themselves as leaders of these projects at the expense of colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the benefits each employee brings to the company at all times.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent culture in Bio 2, great work / life balance, management really cared about their people

    Cons

    it became cost prohibitive to manufacture biologics in Cambridge so they sold the building


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Come to ride it out before retirement"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starting salary, work life balance, benefits, vacation and sabbatical program

    Cons

    Advancement is slow in the junior scientific positions (min 2 years), not meritocratic but based on seniority, many senior leadership come here when they are ready to stop advancing, IT is awful - very advanced in science, limited by IT, HR has antiquated policies that make top talent leave rather than develop internally, job titles are meaningless - range for someone with 2-4 years experience could go from entry level on the science side to manager in a commercial area (get this - pay ranges are the same)

    Advice to Management

    Fix HR so that the employees who want to advance (and most of the value) don't have to leave to get what they want. This leaves just the complacent there for the long term.

    Either decide that IT should be internal or outsourced. The time it takes to use the software and computers we have for science literally takes up 50% of people's time. The people in IT are just documenting things all the time and not delivering any value. Most of the increases in efficiency could come from moderate spend, but IT is unwilling to acknowledge sunk cost of legacy platforms. Our software is 15 years behind our science.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "morale down due to restructurings and lack of transparency"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits
    pay
    location
    infrastructure office layout
    cleanliness of office ( except for the mice running around in building 1)
    cafeteria/ starbucks on site

    Cons

    gossiping at your manager level
    favoritism
    lack of respect
    lack of recognition
    lack of transparency
    unprofessional
    failing trend on revenues at each earnings

    Advice to Management

    be transparent, fair. recognize good work don't let managers do what they want, also judge challenge them to be fair to all levels. improve performance review to 360 performance review, worst review process ever