bluebird bio Reviews

Updated 12 Jan 2021

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3.1
47%
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bluebird bio Chief Bluebird Nick Leschly
Nick Leschly
66 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, great projects and your initiative is really valued(in 10 reviews)

  • "Great culture very transparent, they encourage communication(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "X"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Process Development Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at bluebird bio full-time

    Pros

    Blue bird bio does amazing work

    Cons

    Blue bird bio is a competitive atmosphere

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at bluebird bio full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic mission developing life changing therapies

    Cons

    Salaries seem to be low


  3. Helpful (2)

    "bbb is the place to be"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at bluebird bio full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people, great benefits, focus on patients and families

    Cons

    A lot of people leaving but everyone has their challenges during this time.

  4. Helpful (5)

    "bbb review"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at bluebird bio full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Employees, patient focussed mission and vision, benefits (holidays, vacation time, shutdowns)

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance and unequal balance if resources, lack of leadership with significant industry experience

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Love it"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Durham, NC

    I have been working at bluebird bio full-time

    Pros

    Came to the company for the culture and it didn't disappoint

    Cons

    To many priorities to be able to focus.

  6. Helpful (10)

    "Steady Decline"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at bluebird bio full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good Winter/summer shutdown are great The therapies could really help people

    Cons

    When I started at bluebird a few years ago, I was thrilled. My first couple years were amazing, the team I joined was great, communication within the company was transparent and upfront, and the culture was like nothing I had ever experienced. Going to work every day was a privilege However, over the course of the last couple years, it really seems like bluebird has lost its way. The culture is nonexistent, promotions only happen if you go out drinking with the people partners, there's no communication from superiors, and priorities change all the time due to mistakes and poor planning. I know the company is several times larger than it was when I joined, but still. The sharp decline in the quality of the work environment is shocking. Its even more shocking since they send out surveys every month and hold manager forums to collect peoples grievances, with the promise of things being better. Department heads and HR don't give a crap that the lab personnel are struggling, that much is very clear. Every week it seems like 2 or 3 people in our department are giving their notice. Does this mean that they'll hire more people to pick up the slack? Nope, it means that everyone left on those teams will be forced to pick up the slack and finish the projects themselves. Which leads to things being done poorly, wrong, or just not at all. Its baffling how they haven't sounded the alarm yet. Things are bad, and they're only getting worse. The CEO needs to stop spending every company meeting trying to turn it into a sob fest. We need leadership, plans, and to hear that the company KNOWS we're struggling. Nick and the entire C-suite are too busy trying to put a positive spin on everything to notice that sometimes people just need to hear that things suck right now, and this is how we're going to fix them.

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  7. "Perfect company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at bluebird bio full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people and the patients are awesome

    Cons

    There are no upfront cons to the job

  8. COVID-19
    Helpful (20)

    "Chaos...Everyone is Leaving"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at bluebird bio full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, more than average days off, not much else

    Cons

    Constantly confused middle and lower management, switching priorities, useless data generation, aggressive timelines that add up to nothing, burn out at every level, unrealistic expectations for essential workers who continue to work onsite during COVID, extremely rude management in isolated groups like EH&S, teams work in isolated bubbles and how much you know about the company and how you end up feeling about the company relies heavily on the information passed around within your isolated team, no basis (business need, employee value) for the promotions in upper management, little to no promotion at the associate scientist levels, science is thrown out the window, everything is about generating pointless data and throwing it into the wind, I may as well be pipetting all my work into the garbage because it will end up there anyway, HR is a facade and does not advocate for the employees despite being well informed of the problems, no salary transparency, no promotion justification transparency, team management is all in chaos and people are constantly switched between teams and different managers, directors can be highly egotistical, rude, and unempathetic toward employee needs during the business split and the COVID environment, everything commercial is a failure and they will continue to try and hide it, compensation is significantly below industry market value and HR will continue to hide this fact. Do not work here, no matter how nice they sound during interviews. People are jumping ship faster than they can hire replacements, which means you'll be starting with a whole lot of backed-up work on your plate and you will be given little to no guidance on how to do your job, because everyone who still works here is stretched too thin, straight up unorganized, or doesn't have a clue what's going on. You will NOT learn science on the job here or gain skills to help you advance your career, instead, you'll be treated like a workhorse amongst all the confusion. This is NOT the job offer to accept during COVID or in any future, it's just not. Accepting this job would only be adding yet another factor of uncertainty and chaos into the already chaotic year of 2020.

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  9. Helpful (16)

    "Oncology is a mess"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at bluebird bio full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A desire to develop truly transformational drugs; motivated and talented associates/scientists; an employee-driven culture that celebrates and supports inclusivity; benefits

    Cons

    A lack of drug development experience; constantly shifting priorities/focus; lack of resources; inexperienced and poorly supported managers; expectation of long hours; lack of diversity in leadership; lack of consistent leveling and approach to promotions; poor decision making and communication; unrealistic assessment of capabilities

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "Meh"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Specialist I, QAV in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at bluebird bio full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    culture, benefits, time off, technology

    Cons

    inconsistent management, no work life balance, cult

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