Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
225 Reviews
3.8
225 Reviews
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Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Has really good benefits, promotes work/life balance, recognizes good performers (in 24 reviews)

  • Great benefits; really smart people that are great to work with (in 23 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work for

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice people, helpful people, good friendly environment, good pay, good paid holidays. The health plan is very good. Not a bad place to be in at all.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be hostility among people based on who you are dealing with. Most of them are good though. Senior management sometimes is kind of out of touch with what you are doing. Company is full of people with Indian and Chinese origin and that can cause "clicks" to form.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify the company a lot more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    ok place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Biogen Idec part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good to start out with to gain experience

    Cons

    Not enough advancement from management

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great pay and amenities... completely disorganized.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They have a lot of free pepsi and coffee to offer. Free parties every Thursday.

    Cons

    However, the management is lost and unaware of how their staff are doing and do not act on what their employees report and when things go wrong the employees get the blame. This company is highly built on contractors, easy to replace easy to blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work more closely with employees and get their hands dirty and have more trust in their employees to do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Biogen Idec is a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Data Entry Coordinator (Contract) in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Entry Coordinator (Contract) in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Biogen Idec as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Management at Biogen Idec truly cares about the success and happiness of their employees. The company has been growing rapidly for some time due to their continued success in the MS drug market. This is a pharma company with a conscience. They are working on several drugs for Hemophilia patients that will not make them any money! There is a great work/life balance at this company and many activities to take part in that are sponsored by Biogen Idec outside of work.

    Cons

    You absolutely must have a master's degree to get a full time position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! You are changing the lives of MS Patients globally!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professional and established corporation

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Biogen Idec as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great structured company with many different teams and departments. Treats their employees well with stock options, benefits, company parties as well as many other perks. Strong oncology department with hard working people and good leadership.

    Cons

    Like many places, politics play a role in the type of projects that are available. Budgeting is determined by the higher ups and may not have the full input of the teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    They won't let me in.

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Some departments make good use of people's strengths. I felt more involved, needed, respected, and valued while contracting at Biogen then I ever did any place else I've worked in 30+ years.

    Cons

    As a contractor I was left out of all the good things. The stock price went from $150/share to $292/share while I was there. Since I was a contractor...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't throw people out blindly.

  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great products, awful to employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Biogen Idec

    Pros

    Money is great, Benefits are excellent ans so is pension but...

    Cons

    No life and work balance. Management is narrow-minded with unrealistic demand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to build skills, then move on

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, very goal-oriented; no one cares how long you go for breaks, as long as you get the job done. Biogen-Idec is exemplary at picking talent at the operator level, I have worked with some very passionate and knowledgeable people whose work ethic is inspiring, and who have influenced me to become a better operator. BIogen-Idec is also a good place to start a biotech manufacturing career, due to great networking opportunities and adherence to cGMP's, which is critical to understand if you want to become a great contributor.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Biogen-Idec is awful at picking talent in the management level; lower performers are constantly being promoted due to politicking and back-room dealings; most promotions announcements are met with shock and groans from the operators, even through there are very, very, very few exceptions. Management is very company-oriented and not employee-oriented; members of management are not judged by their superiors in knowledge and subordinate growth but simply bowing to their demands; and it seems that the supervisors most disliked by the operators are the ones getting promoted. Communication between night and day shifts is horrendous, with constant blame game playing and finger pointing when things go wrong.

    Bonuses are so-so, pay is probably slightly below average compared to other companies I have worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must recognize talent at the operator level and promote them accordingly; it is safe to say that the best on-floor performers have the best work ethic and possess the greatest amount of technical knowledge, which is critical in hiring effective managers and supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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