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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated 15 October 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. "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.


  7. "I Love My Job"

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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 the greatest company I’ve ever worked for! The people are great, the salary is great, and the benefits are unbelievable. They really care about their employees. I love going to work. The CEO is a great guy. It’s just an all-around fabulous place to work.

    Cons

    I cannot think of a single con, it’s actually that great. The worst thing I can think of is that they don’t have hazelnut coffee!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing everything you are doing!


  8. "Awesome Company"

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

    I worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great Company. Great science and great people.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say. I had the best time working for this company.


  9. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good People, Positive attitude. Solid company.

    Cons

    S&R Dept lacks communication with intern. Very poor when it comes to SOP.
    SOP seems to get revised everyday makes internship confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Management should get more involve with the shipping and Receiving department.


  10. "Good spot to work if career advancement not important"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, flexible working conditions, good locarion

    Cons

    Career advancement prospects are not good


  11. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits; competitive pay; good work environment

    Cons

    Smaller company then some I've worked at so movement opportunities can be limited.


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