Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated 23 April 2015
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Pros
  • Has really good benefits, promotes work/life balance, recognizes good performers (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of Leader communication, work-life balance non existent, un-realistic expectations (in 15 reviews)

  • Upper management has lost touch with the common employees even though you are now located in Cambridge (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Growth Opportunities only if you find them

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Great Benefits
    Great Location/Buildings
    Generally Nice People
    Rewarding Work

    Cons

    HR controls all aspects of career opportunities. If you are an internal employee applying for a position, you will not get the same salary if you were applying as an external candidate. Almost at a disadvantage if you are internal. Too many high level positions, not enough junior/intermediate.

  2. Hard work pays off here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great salary. Collaborative environment with culture that is focused on driving forward innovation.

    Cons

    From my own experience, there really aren't any. If you are willing to work hard and put in the time here you will reap the benefits of a rewarding acareer

  3. Our Credo: "We are Honest and Truthful in all that we do"

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    Former Employee - Area Business Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Area Business Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at Biogen Idec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good product pipeline, respected in MS specialty area, Above average salary and benefits, good reward program and work / life balance for Sales Reps

    Cons

    Too much change in Leadership team. Some directors are not honest and truthful as per the credo of the company and will lie to protect themselves. No support to help whistle blowers who are dedicated to the company's values. No respect for opinions of long standing employees. A bad egg in a powerful position can destroy the career of loyal and trusting employees and it seems that no one cares.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful who you appoint to Leadership positions, Non-Pharma background leaders do not understand this industry and may not follow the values and responsibility entrusted to them but will lie and use their power to protect themselves as I found.

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  5. Manufacturing multi-product material.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, company treats us well, Pay above average. Batch planning is well thought out.

    Cons

    None, at this time, don't wanna look a gift horse in the mouth.

    Advice to Management

    If people don't want to work and can't follow a few simple rules, document it and make it stick.

  6. Helpful (5)

    I loved the company until they decided to change my dept

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, facilities, smart co-workers

    Cons

    Top heavy, lack of decision making, grew too fast, work life balance was once promoted but cannot anymore, people are not promoted based on merit, soft skills are more important than getting work done and fear of making decisions amongst ambiguity

    Advice to Management

    Major overhaul is needed for management. Decision making needs to be rewarded (give rewards for taking risk even more than what is done now), too many silos, you are experiencing new turnover due to burnout

  7. I worked for Biogen Idec for 5 and a half years

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    Current Employee - Director in Weston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Weston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid company with a CEO that should be credited for turning the company around. Biogen appears to be well managed - good stock price. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Not as transparent with employees as senior leaders believe.

    Advice to Management

    Increase transparency. HR could be more respectful of how it treats employees.

  8. Very good firm to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, pay, and emotional intelligence

    Cons

    I don't really have any

  9. Comprehensive Benefits

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, equity at all levels

    Cons

    high level of growth and culture changes

  10. Great Company Great Employees. This company is a great place to work. The patients are the reason behind the company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hours, pay and benefits are best in the market. coworkers are great and easy to build rapport with members on all levels.

    Cons

    Really don't have much to say on Cons. I guess a little favoritism goes on within some departments but I really think it goes on in all businesses.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Out-of-touch with true business needs

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    • Senior Management
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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.

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