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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated 14 December 2017
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D
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  • Stressful work environment, poor work life balance, management out of touch with general employees (in 13 reviews)

  • I do have one recommendation to upper management, which I will enter in the next section (in 10 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. "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 (7)

    "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "It's a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Innovative company. Supportive management. Great colleagues. Great location.

    Cons

    'Blockbuster' drug research would be more financially predictable, though not as exciting or rewarding.


  7. "Good place to work.....for a few years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people to work with

    Cons

    lack of opportunity for growth. Promotions are unfair. Certain Sr. Managers say you need to be in your position for 2 years before being eligible for promotion but will then promote someone who hasn't been in their position for a year as long as they're 'in' with the Sr. Manager.

    Advice to Management

    Stop holding people who deserve a promotion back.


  8. "Exciting Science, Image, but Lacking in Authenticity/Accountability"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Seaport location is ideal, all of the facilities are polished, brand new. The company prides itself on its volunteer outreach in the Boston area, including its high school internship program. Impact of medicines to CF community well noted. Opportunities to participate in employee programs.

    Cons

    Extremely political environment, and hard work often goes unrecognized. Middle/upper management makes decisions rooted in favoritism. Be aware that this environment is not one that is that inspiring, despite its corporate messaging. Most people who work here seem more interested in collecting their paychecks and taking vacation time than on meaningful impact within their roles.


  9. "Great working place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Its location is very easy to get to via public transportation. It has a bridge connecting the two buildings, which very beneficial when getting cold.

    Cons

    Can't think of any for now. A great place and people are nice.


  10. "great benefits, little chance for growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    interesting science, dynamic workplace, fast paced

    Cons

    management rarely promotes from within, worklife balance can be difficult

    Advice to Management

    if you want to retain good employees, you need to give them a reason to stay


  11. "Greatest Company I've Ever Worked For"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a fabulous place to work; the people are great, the salary is awesome, the benefits are amazing, and best of all, the cause is outstanding. They are transforming lives every day!

    Cons

    I can't think of any downsides. I've only met one nasty person since I've worked there, I guess that's the only negative thing I can say.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


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