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Biogen 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. "Associate Director"

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    • 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 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Losing good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    If Alzheimer's comes through then the shares will rocket

    Cons

    Cultural changes meant leaders focused more on saving their own skin and lost focus on their people.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to basics and stop hiring leaders who are not team players. The naturally collaborative style at Biogen has been eradicated by selfish career ladder climbers.


  3. "Patient centric organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    People, the legacy, the name, the career opportunities, patient focused, people who really care about the patients and products

    Cons

    New management which is a change with exciting times ahead


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  5. "Invigorating work culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Patient - centric. Driving decision making to right functions and levels. Diverse portfolio. Increasing global impact. Good benefits including sabbatical after 6 years in service.

    Cons

    Neuro disease focus is a challenge and will require patience. This may be difficult to reconcile with short term Wall Street needs. Nimble decision making will increase uncertainty in workplace roles, responsibilities and locations.

    Advice to Management

    Good transparency to date. Continue to trust and share.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits
    Great people

    Cons

    Incompetent leadership
    Lack of communication at all levels
    Extremely low morale
    Zero trust in leadership
    Future of the company is unclear

    Advice to Management

    You need to start leading. Have a vision and trust your teams to make that vision a reality. Rebuild trust, provide clear direction, stop the constant restructuring. Nobody will be successful including you if you cannot do these things. If you need to spend millions to have an outside consulting group come in to tell you how to run your business or do your jobs then you should be replaced.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "no what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People in the organization that care about patients

    Cons

    has become more big company and losing the focus on what made it special.


  8. "Manufacturing associate ll"

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    Current Employee - Ma Lll in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Ma Lll in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Biogen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    None at this time good company

    Advice to Management

    Keep open communication


  9. Helpful (5)

    "The only constant is change."

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

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

    Pros

    Checks all the benefits boxes. People you work with tend to be better than most. Recently renovated lab facilities make research less soul crushing.

    Cons

    Upper management is a revolving door. Once new "leadership" comes in and institutes their "vision", they're gone before their changes have even been fully realized. C-level and EVPs pay more attention to stock price than the people who work here. Estimated median life expectancy for VPs and above: 2.6 years.

    Advice to Management

    Just because you are recently hired doesn't mean you need to stamp your change onto the company within 6 months. Learn to work with what you have and make subtle tweaks and changes instead of sloppy, disruptive reorganizations.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "AD Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Great Company and benefits. Good products.

    Cons

    Horrible AD Leadership. Purely operation driven. No importance given to technical or innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Change AD Leader


  11. "Great Benefits and Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Great vision for company's future on a regional and worldwide level, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    The hours can be tough, but they are agreed upon in your contract so there are no surprises.


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