Biogen Idec
4.0 of 5 195 reviews
www.biogenidec.com Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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83% Approve of the CEO

Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos

George A. Scangos

(112 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Excellent benefits, culture, work-life balance"
    in 20 reviews
  • "Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance, although they are working on it (just released Flexible Work programs)"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Growth potential is limited, a lot of office "gossip" in the normal culture, high turnover in upper management"
    in 10 reviews
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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Biogen Idec

ProsGreat work life balance. Resources are generally available. Top notch benefits.

ConsSomewhat bureaucratic, but this is to be expected for such a big company.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent company to work for.

Senior Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I worked at Biogen Idec full-time for less than a year

ProsA very educational learning experience. I loved working here & would gladly go back agai
Great training provided; my manager was fantastic & taught me so much about the industry. Very efficient company specific software that aids tremendously in being successful at the job.

ConsTeam spirit at the company wasn't that great. I also felt there was a good group of unfriendly people, primarily upper management, who could be a bit drab on the office environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think you need to get more pleasantries out of those people who can't even offer a smile or reciprocate that "good morning" or "hello" when said to them.

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biogen is an active company

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than a year

Prosbiogen is an active company

Conscommute to biogen takes time

Advice to Senior Managementit is good management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Summer Intern (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

I have been working at Biogen Idec as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood environment and nice team; flexible project

ConsThe location is too close to downtown and not convenient to park

Advice to Senior ManagementMore support for young employee

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Biogen Idec is a great place to work.

Associate Director (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBiogen Idec has a strong culture, excellent values and really cares about the patients we serve. There are many bright people across the company most of which feel a high level of loyalty to the company and commitment to our patients. Earning potential is high, even for mid-level positions.

ConsMany departments are under resourced which results in long hours and high levels of stress. Some of the senior management team do not want to hear bad news which causes a lack of transparency. Spent considerable time and money implementing open space floor plans that do not deliver a clear benefit.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest and transparent about everything - including things that aren't going well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Secure company with an excellent culture, benefits, career opportunities and work-life balance.

QC Associate II (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time for more than 5 years

ProsExcellent benefits, culture, work-life balance.

ConsIn my experience, there are some workers who are not held accountable for their daily responsibilities and in some cases management does not do the best job at rectifying these issues.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid of confrontation if it will help the overall group.

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Great in the early 2000s, but management no longer believes in research.

Senior Associate Scientist (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I worked at Biogen Idec for more than 10 years

ProsGreat resources, lots of money to spend, freedom to run exploratory side projects.

ConsRandom layoffs, sudden project concellations, constant reorganization, high turnover.

Advice to Senior ManagementSettle down, Knuckleheads.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Biogen Idec

ProsGood Pay, good work life balance. Company has great incentives offered to employees at all levels

ConsNothing too bad, can be difficult to advance but just work harder

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Good

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Biogen Idec

Proshighly Scientific company to work for

Constherapeutic area to work is niche should expand portfolio

Advice to Senior Managementexpand the portfolio

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Great company, wish I could stay

Associate Scientist I (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I have been working at Biogen Idec as a contractor for more than a year

Pros-Provides plenty of scientific seminars to attend
-Weekly social hour with free food and drinks
-Great people
-Cafeteria food is pretty good
-Starbucks on site

Cons-Doesn't do much visa sponsorship (I am a citizen but others I worked with have been shafted)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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