Biogen Idec
3.9 of 5 194 reviews
www.biogenidec.com Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Biogen Idec Reviews

Updated Mar 31, 2014
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3.9 194 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

Biogen Idec CEO and Director George A. Scangos

George A. Scangos

(111 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Awesome benefits, work-life balance, can work from home, quick, collaborative work environment etc"
    in 17 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 9 reviews
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3 people found this helpful  

Good company, bad Clin Ops org

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Biogen Idec full-time

ProsBenefits and options to (usually) work from home

ConsDeadend career, lots of fear in the organization and immediate punishment for speaking up.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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Great exposure to cutting-edge technology

Associate Scientist I (Current Employee)
Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

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

ProsGreat work culture and ethics among employees

ConsNot faced any issues so far

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Great Company and Great Culture

Associate Director (Current Employee)

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

ProsFlexible work arrangements, advanced technology to allow for flexibility, great compensation packages; people really care about their work and doing well and the success of the company

Conswork life balance, sometimes pace can be insane. be prepared for working hard and working late

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

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The company everyone wants to work for.

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

I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor for more than a year

ProsDeveloping new treatments for debilitating diseases. Emphasis on work/life balance. Excellent pay and benefits for employees. Contractors are treated well.

ConsPeople are stretched very thin. Until the end of 2013 I wouldn't have had anything really negative to say, then Contractors (of which I was one) were blindly let go at the end of the year with no plans for how the work was going to get done.

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

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Great working experience, but some of the management was overwhelming and unhelpful.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Biogen Idec

ProsAwesome benefits, work-life balance, can work from home, quick, collaborative work environment etc.

ConsOlder demographic; tough for young employees to have good non-work related conversation with colleagues.

Advice to Senior Managementhire more college grads

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Great place to work

Senior Scientist (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

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

ProsChallenging work environment,complete freedom to think about your research project, emphasis on innovation, new policies to maintain work life balance smart co-workers.

ConsIf you are not well connected you have to find out your way yourself.

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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Best company ever

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

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

ProsGreat community, benefits and perks.

ConsMoving up the corporate ladder would take some time.

Advice to Senior ManagementNothing at this time.

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

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Great place to work

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

I worked at Biogen Idec as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGood pay and benefits, great people to work with, on-site cafeteria, cambridge location, company happy hour!

ConsBig-pharma kind of atmosphere can put limits on your role and scope for growth. Hiring can be very convoluted, some upper level management might be a little out of touch with the times.

Advice to Senior ManagementLeave some flexibility in roles so that employees can pursue their own growth.

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