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Biogen Senior Manager Reviews

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  1. 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


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    everything , glad I joined the company. I've learned so much and would advise anyone that wants a good job to come here

    Cons

    nothing it was a great period of experience for me. positive p p p p p

    Advice to Management

    go guys


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits; good salary, flexible work timings, generous vacation package, sabbatical program for long term employees, 401k match, RSU grants

    Cons

    Several re-orgs within the company in the last 2 years. Constantly changing company direction and strategy. Less competent management


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  5. "Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay and work-life balance

    Cons

    Constant re-organizations recently involving some dissent and confusion


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Organization with lots of potential, but some departments lack the maturity expected for the size of the company."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager IT in Watertown, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager IT in Watertown, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great drugs and good pipeline for the future. Interesting potential if research pans out. Competitive compensation and benefits. Cambridge location is good.

    Cons

    Difficult culture in some departments. Rapid growth has not always been matched with maturity in process and systems. Very Biogen centric approach vs. openness to outside ideas.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible place to work in IT"

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice infrastructure. Well constructed and well run. Good validation and compliance documentation systems.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Almost everyone in R&D IT had only 6 months tenure when I arrived, even the VP. It was eerie. I've never worked at a place with so few people with any tenure greater than 2 years. They didn't seem to have much respect for pharma industry experience, just protecting existing turf. It was like a ghost town that was just coming back to life. It seemed like almost everyone there was still "finding their legs". Maybe in a few years people will start to coalesce as teams, but there was little teamwork training for new people. Very few people knew where IT was really going. 11% employee layoffs followed 3 months later. IT was hit hard, and so were many senior scientists.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up management, especially IT. Get business analysts and engineers with long term industry experience who know how to build good relationships with customers.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Narcissistic hell hole"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Lexington, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Lexington, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They create products that help people with serious illnesses. If I were someone with MS, I would be glad that this company exists...so long as I didn't actually meet anyone there.

    Cons

    Senior management are some of the most vile, careerist, unpleasant people you'll ever want to meet--particularly in the IT department.

    Advice to Management

    Sell to a company run by humans.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Times have changed"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Biogen full-time

    Pros

    The people there make the job what it is.

    Cons

    Processes really detract from the work you are trying to do.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great company overall, but not without some issues"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Focus on work-life balance, most employees are highly intelligent people who are easy to work with, great products that make a difference in people's lives, environmentally focused.

    Cons

    C-Suite and board of directors appear to lack a consistent vision and strategy, which makes for numerous restructures, sudden changes to company focus, budget turmoil, etc, that results in high level of uncertainty for past several years.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt more of a longer-term mindset and reduce the (seemingly) short-term, reactionary decision making.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Biogen"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Huge growth potential with pipeline

    Cons

    Risk quantification with pipeline is challenging