Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated 13 April 2015
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  1. Good place to work

    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    There was good alignment from discovery to clinical research, also good internal collaborations. Most staff like working with each other and that helps team work.

    Cons

    Therapeutic areas no longer include oncology unfortunately and many of the very experienced senior scientists already left the company due to restructuring or pursuit of other opportunities.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Got Politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Durham, NC (US)

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

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

    Pros

    They have great benefits and OK pay for the most part. They have great activities for their employees and cool parties! But most important you get a PAYCHECK..Stock is Great too..

    Cons

    You will not be promoted unless you throw people under the bus daily. You are not judge on your ability to work but on how well or IF your supervisor and or manager likes you or not. They have cliques and only those in these will be protected if something happens. Some Managers have no clue about NOTHING that goes on during the day but are quick to discipline people.

    Advice to Management

    Get REAL managers and stop just filling positions with your buddies. Stop acting like the company is the ONLY company that people can work at. Stand by the Core Values and stop just posting them everywhere in the building.

  3. Helpful (6)

    Don't confuse a successful company with a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Lead in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Lead in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are very good. Company has a 3 day work from home policy but that doesn't mean your specific department will allow even one or two days telecommuting. There are also company shuttle buses for people in the suburbs. Lots of success with marketed products. Commuter pass or parking in Kendall Sq is covered by the co and a nice perk.

    Cons

    Serious problems in the Clinical Operations department in last few years. Expect to work nights and weekends and don't complain about it; random layoffs occur each year and then those eliminated headcount are completely replaced. Most of us are completely buried in email each day.

    Policies/procedures and departments change faster than you can keep up with and promotions go to very few of the most favored. Its all about who you know and if you appear to be buying-in to middle and senior management chaos. Human resources reps care only about supporting Sr Management and may not be that trustworthy. Lots of fear to speak up or raise long-outstanding problems. Departments are constantly re-named and or re-organized so you never know who is doing what.

    Its never clear what you have to do to get promoted and its getting more difficult to take a class or attend a conference.

    Advice to Management

    Completely get rid of middle management. Scrutinize GCO issues and fix problems

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  5. Helpful (1)

    was a great company to work for ....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  6. Helpful (1)

    VP R&D

    • 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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great products and interesting pipeline

    Cons

    Management is unstable with frequent reorganizations for no real apparent reason.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to professional development / career management

  7. a lovely place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    good benefit, good culture, nice colleages

    Cons

    career path all depends on your managers; need to work over time most of the time

    Advice to Management

    be fair

  8. Amazing place to work, i have the team member. professional environment and great benefits for permanent employees

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

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

    Pros

    amazing benefits, great culture and very professional

    Cons

    converting to permanent takes forever

    Advice to Management

    be a good team player

  9. Helpful (5)

    Great benefits with no respect or room for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent health care. Great maternity leave - 12 weeks 100% paid. Average time off. ESPP is open to all employees. 401 k contributions are great.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership and management. If you do not have a Ph.D there is no respect. You are treated as a technician in a manufacturing plant. There is no learning, no growth, you are pigeonholed.

    Advice to Management

    Learn people skills.

  10. Fantastic people, atmosphere, work environment with great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist III in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Successful company that understands the importance of work/life balance. Great benefits, hard to much anywhere else.

    Cons

    Growing much larger all the time, although this can be seen as a pro by some.

  11. Manufacturing Associate II Downstream

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Morrisville, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Morrisville, NC (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, health care and dental plan, and awesome employee stock purchase program. Also food in the cafeteria is subsidized, so breakfast and lunch are super cheap and pretty high quality.

    Cons

    Disconnect between management and manufacturing associates on the floor. A lot of decisions that get passed down to the people making the actual product don't make much sense. Could be better communication across departments

    Advice to Management

    Trust your senior level MA's. If someone has been processing for 12 years, they usually know what they are doing.

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