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Biogen Scientist Reviews

Updated 21 June 2018
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Pros
  • "Work life balance was very good" (in 86 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and competitive pay" (in 105 reviews)

Cons
  • "stressful to try to work/life balance" (in 43 reviews)

  • "Upper management has agenda that does not respect employees" (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Worst work experience in my science career"

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    Current Contractor - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Contractor - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Biogen as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible work hours, reasonable hourly rate

    Cons

    Horrible experience with management, deceptive & manipulative about contract termination; toxic power dynamics, no paid vacation or paid time off; inefficient allocation of time and resources, limited by outdated hierarchical management models that prevent the progression of valid science, generally dehumanizing work environment

    Advice to Management

    Focus on nurturing and cultivating the numerous young brilliant minds you have at your disposable, instead of your current approach of beating them down to conform to your current work model in order to protect your own egos and positions.
    Also value your employees on contract as human beings.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Few opportunities for career development"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The work life balance is great and the financial benefits are incredible.

    Cons

    I was very difficult to grow within the company. There were not a lot of opportunities afforded to those in more junior roles who were looking to expand their skills and move around in different groups. I ultimately had to leave to gain desired experience.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within rather than hiring from outside the company. Invest time and resources into all your employees and not just money.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Biotech gone big corporate pharma"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefit, big company resources
    Used to be an excellent innovative company, people culture used to be amazing
    Location

    Cons

    Corporate culture filled with red tape, nepotism, talent hindering, views employees as producers rather than human beings
    Too many new processes overlapping with the old, taking forever to get thing done and through the system

    Advice to Management

    Actually be clear and honest about the changes rather than just say so and keep silos casting a shadow across R&D


  4. "Excellent environment with excellent benefits"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits package can not be beat. Work life balance was very good.

    Cons

    Depending on department, upward movement is more difficult and moves were lateral. But this was not common and always being addressed in employee surveys


  5. "Great, good old boy style was creeping in"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive pay. People are friendly and you can have a work life balance. Healthy living is encouraged

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by- it’s who knows you. Women make up the majority of the workforce but most of the managers are men. Minority groups also seldom make it up the food chain.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage diversity- having an accent is not a bad attribute


  6. Helpful (11)

    "It's been a rough few years. Too many layoffs and good people gone."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Exciting science. Great chance to learn new skills and collaborate with others. Salary is nice. Great benefits. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Management doesn't know what they're doing. Typical corporate BS. Lots of captains. Not enough soldiers. They always complain that not enough is developed in house, but then they lay off a bunch of people and wonder why.

    Advice to Management

    We could do fine with half of you gone.


  7. Helpful (10)

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

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to work at"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance; good benefits.

    Cons

    Too many changes in recent years


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Career for scientist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Well located at Cambridge

    Cons

    Mid-level managers have favorites and thus performance ratings are biased. More work assignments , less career growth.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not so good...."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits, great location.

    Cons

    A lot of change, layoffs and constant reorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop make phony statements like "Care deeply and work fearlessly".