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Biogen Reviews

Updated 18 October 2017
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Things have definitely changed over the last couple of years"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, summer hours, Thursday happy hour, enough money (generally) to purchase equipment, average pay + bonuses

    Cons

    There is a general problem with management - they don't/won't/can't manage! Little interest in people's career development, advancement, or dealing with issues. There's a 'go along to get along' mentality among the management teams. Always a reorg coming around the corner and people scrambling for cover. Managers are unable/unwilling to articulate their vision, if it even exists.

    Morale issues in Technical Development - people lie/cheat/steal to get ahead and this is encouraged by the current administration. People steal the work of others and claim it as their own while management refuses to address the issue even when provided with overwhelming evidence.

    Company takes surveys and then ignores the results/comments. VP's don't want to hear anything negative and the line management refuses to communicate issues upwards as it might reflect poorly on them.

    Numerous groups don't believe in cultural/ethnic diversity and these managers use this to their advantage to bully and intimidate subordinates. These managers won't delegate any responsibility to their team then complain about how busy they are, won't reply to emails, or VM's. They also refuse to take accountability when deliverables are late or just plain wrong.

    Some dept heads won't hire the best candidates if they feel like 'threatened' (i.e, 'I am incompetent and they might take my job') by the skills/talents/experience of a prospective employee. Thus you're left dealing with people who can't execute, which leads to a variety of issues.

    Wasn't always like this but the culture has changed following numerous reorganizations, which often don't make any sense. Place is like a ghost town in the summer - people have checked out and often 'work from home'.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your offices and talk to the people actually doing the work. Hold people accountable when there are actionable issues. Listen to your employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "This is the company to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great hours
    Fantastic Benefits
    Employee friendly work environment

    Cons

    Employees stay forever, hard to find advancement to management unless willing to relocate.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  3. "Government Affairs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    Good job in Government Affairs

    Cons

    I do not see any cons


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Changing culture and not really for the best"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Don't believe the hype. Stay away!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology Subject Matter Expert in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Information Technology Subject Matter Expert in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great medical benefits for employees. Friendly and knowledgeable staff who do the work. Profitable company who cares about patients. Great potential.

    Cons

    Management in IT is a complete disaster from the top all the way down. Turn over is high and no one can seem to make a decision about where the organization is going. Everyone but the managers are over worked and unappreciated. Don't count on a promotion and watch out for empty promises. IT is moving towards outsourced resources or high paid contractors while the full time employees worry if they will still have a job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop neglecting your employees and make smarter choices. Take a closer look at managers and directors. The only reason they look good is because the people they have working under them do outstanding work while they take the credit.


  7. "Politics and short term focus"

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    • 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


  8. "Biogen RTP"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Control Associate I in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Control Associate I in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, lots of opportunities available to grow

    Cons

    So far my time here has been awesome, no known Cons


  9. "supply chain"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    salary. Makes you appreciate any other company. I see no other pros.

    Cons

    Worst company to work for. Incompetent management promotes the worst since fears competition. Culture ot terror, betrayal and bullying. Promotions are given to the least competent. Culture of back stabbing.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it to some better pharma company


  10. "Nice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very friendly. Good paid. Fun.

    Cons

    Management changes its direction so often


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but in transition"

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    • 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.


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