Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated 14 March 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Out-of-touch with true business needs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, beautiful campus, some very well-qualified employees,

    Cons

    Unstable work force (frequent random layoffs rolling through organization); open floor plans are disruptive; cold; they work their employees hard; disjointed operations.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees and their vision for an ideal, improved dept rather than hire an outside consultant (ie.g. Deloitte) to tell you what to do with a department they know nothing about. Your people are a strong resource and are better qualified to advise on how to bring about excellence. Learn from past operational mistakes and implement changes.

  2. Helpful (1)

    was a great company to work for ....

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    Former Employee - Director in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Focussed on driving products forward and stretching talent allowing for innovation. Good financial package for new hires, and for old hires, high share price is now reaping dividends.

    Cons

    Old hires not financially lifted in line with market when promoted leading to skewed salaries, as well as bias towards higher salaries for males. Company growing rapidly with many new products and hiring of poor leaders who indiscriminantly manage out once settled in order to have a secure seat - they hire in their friends with good remuneration. HR is notoriously poor in UK, to the point of being non-existent - they are just there to support senior management wishes, and thus cannot be trusted by employees. No recognition of results, and no fun at least on UK site due to poor leadership that bends to USA management. Company was GREAT, but no more under current management who are reaping the results sown by older colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being insecure, and live the values you advertise

  3. Helpful (1)

    Supposedly a great place to work as long as your in the right department.

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    Former Contractor - Senior Network Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Former Contractor - Senior Network Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay and perks for workers.Free sodas, company picnics and functions when a drug has been approved.

    Cons

    If you work in IT this is one of the WORST companies to work for. The company has a run thin attitude and burns their employees out big time. The company has grown rapidly during recent years and senior management is full of over paid, unprofessional, low class people. There is zero planning prior to roll outs and IT is always in reactive mode. Management has no idea of how to run a large organization and needs to be changed. The company will lure you in with great compensation but work life balance is not existent and they'll work you like a dog. The excellent pay is enough to attract and retain people but you will not think its a well ran IT shop and will ponder if the politics, stress, and poor management are worth the money. Almost all IT workers admit that if the pay wasn't better than most companies they would not be working there. A new EVP of IT recently joined and I hope she can bring IT at this company into the 20th century. The jury's still out but you've been warned!!!

    Advice to Management

    Bring in people who know how a large organizations IT department is supposed to be ran.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Politically charged group

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stock options and stock bonus

    Cons

    very political, and management cares about perception than reality

    Advice to Management

    respect quality employees

  6. Helpful (5)

    Breach of Agreed Upon Paid Terms for Contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - IT Senior Business Analyst in Weston, MA (US)
    Former Contractor - IT Senior Business Analyst in Weston, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free soda, free water, lots of modern work space, compensation

    Cons

    Lack of Leader communication, work-life balance non existent, un-realistic expectations

    Advice to Management

    Have more accurate work effort sizing - have offshore dev team to be accountable

  7. Helpful (4)

    Company is growing faster and employees become just a number

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefit/salary. Good and motivated people.

    Cons

    No recognitions, management only interested to a personal developmen;, not able to deal with conflicts. Unfair work environment. Recognitions are given to bad performers. Extremely demotivating. Always choose for the short term easy solution rather than a long term plan. People should not speak up as it is not well perceived.

    Advice to Management

    Give possibilities to good performers to grow and develop, try to keep them motivated. Listen to feedbacks and take proper actions with bad performers.Work enviroment is worsening, take immediate actions before it is too late

  8. Helpful (6)

    In IT? Work at BIIB for money and benefits, not sanity.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, and the company's future looks bright. If you're lucky, your direct report will shield you from most of the mess from above.

    Cons

    If you're looking for quarterly re-orgs, leadership by fear, incessant politicking, a refusal to acknowledge or address incompetence, the Peter Principle in action, and an ostrich-like approach to looming disasters even when presented with proactive solutions -- then run, don't walk, to the Biogen head office (if you can find it, they have trouble deciding where to keep it) and request an application, stat.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Marketing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - pay
    - pipeline
    - some of the best products in the market

    Cons

    - management
    - work-life-balance
    - job security (constant fear of losing job if you do not do what management says)
    - retaliation

    Advice to Management

    Take a long look at your 'middle' management. Many of them are great at managing up but not at actually managing people. Most do not have any past management experience before taking the job.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Area Business Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great pipeline, nice stock options including RSUs and purchase plan, CEO has grasp on future of the company and is a genuinely nice person

    Cons

    negative culture, inexperienced managers, VP of sales is from primary care and has convinced upper management that a1990s primary care like pod environment is a great idea for a biotech company

    Advice to Management

    Biotech should be high tech with highly competent sales people and managers, hire managers with experience

  11. Helpful (3)

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pipeline
    Great benefits
    No more pros

    Cons

    Work-life balance doesn't exist in this company.
    Hard work,no fun.
    Looks great from outside

    Advice to Management

    Satisfaction depends on the supervisor personality

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