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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated 11 July 2018
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
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  • "If not careful, work-life balance can get challenging" (in 15 reviews)

  • "People in upper management have no issues breaking promises" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with great, intelligent people; generally informal attitude makes approaching management easy; good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    It's been a few years since I left, I can't really recall any


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Regulatory Affairs"

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Officer in Abingdon, England
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Officer in Abingdon, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    good strategies, interesting pipeline, potential for growth

    Cons

    Autonony and dominance in regulatory affairs team (EU office) , lack of mentorship and guidance, weak HR presence

    Advice to Management

    I worked in regulatory affairs in Oxfordshire, UK. EU regulatory affairs team was dominated by two senior members only, favouritism over professionslim. I suffered depression and anxiety as a result of unfair treatment and HR did very little to help. I hope that senior management could monitor global offices and prevent certain individuals from autonomy and bullying. In my experience, US team is very efficient and productive but EU was very fragmented and disorganised. I hope Vertex can prevent bullying and dominance in thier Europran office.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Ask good questions at interview"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great science in challenging disease areas. Colleagues are highly trained and work hard under considerable time pressure. Growing company which can be an energising environment.

    Cons

    Deadlines for delivering work are usually unrealistic. Very fearful culture, with senior management pressing for results urgently, whether or not this is required. Values include "We wins", although the fear that project Leaders have that they will be berated by senior managers makes it a very uncollaborative environment.

    Advice to Management

    Manage projects better with a good understanding of risk and real deadlines incorporated into a solid plan. Support staff to perform at their best with a meaningful dialogue regarding deliverables and deadlines. Do fewer early stage projects.


  4. "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Scientist I
    Current Employee - Scientist I
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects, and unique culture.

    Cons

    Things can often be in "panic mode" and long hours are common.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Clinical Development and Management review"

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    Former Employee - Phase I Project Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Phase I Project Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at Vertex are some of the most motivated, knowledgeable and cooperative team players I have worked with in the past 22 years. Although I worked in Clinical Development Execution, these great people were from legal, clinical pharmacology and medical affairs as well. I worked with Vertex as a contractor for 10 years because of the people. The company is proactive and ethical, actively concerned about the patients they serve and involved in the local community. As a contractor the salary was competitive.

    Cons

    Since the company is now public, the corporate culture has changed resulting upper management determining unrealistic timelines for study execution without input from the study execution team. Upper management has been unresponsive to feedback and requests for adequate support staff to meet increasingly tight timelines. Employees and contractors routinely work weekends and evenings resulting in poor work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Morale is affected and talented people have left due to the issues mentioned. Listen to your employees...without them you have no business.


  6. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great people and culture at Vertex

    Cons

    None, it is a great place to work!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "All-In for Vertex"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Inclusive, team-based environment. Great opportunity to have an impact on business and to help our patients. High sense of urgency to speed our science for new medicines

    Cons

    Nothing to note that is different from any company of our size and growing fast

  8. Helpful (1)

    "New employee but absolutely love it here!!!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in San Diego, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company is amazing! They seriously care about their employees and I can feel the drive that comes from everyone who works here. They are all working towards a common goal and it’s amazing to find such synergy with a site of over 200 people. I legitimately love coming to work every day.

    Cons

    None that I can see! This company has problems like every other company I’m sure, but nothing that has affected me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing! You reward your employees with amazing benefits, equity, and time off. You’re doing this thing right!


  9. "Goods"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great company. Lots of growth. Smart people

    Cons

    I have no “cons” to report


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Review 1"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Their vacation was very generous

    Cons

    Commute into the Seaport was hard


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