Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated 14 Jun 2021

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3.6
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Reshma Kewalramani
Reshma Kewalramani
69 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits at Vertex pharmaceuticals(in 41 reviews)

  • "Great people that are all committed to the company's mission statement(in 25 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work life balance can be a challenge(in 29 reviews)

  • "Very little career progression, incompetent senior management(in 18 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee
      Featured Review

      Great place to work

      3 Mar 2021 - Research Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Benefits, great amount of vacation time standard

      Cons

      Can be extremely fast paced.

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      Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

      Vertex Pharmaceuticals

      Thank you for your feedback.

    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Talking the talk but not walking the walk

      28 Mar 2021 - Research Scientist in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Competitive pay and benefits, great location and on-site cafeteria. Exceptionally bright and motivated colleagues at the individual contributor level.

      Cons

      There’s always a huge emphasis on delivering and acting with a sense of urgency while also spending ample time to focus on individual career development. Unfortunately, it’s virtually impossible to do all of these things with the shrinking timelines year-by-year. The feeling of burnout is pervasive across the research organization; people are leaving and it’s reflective of how this is a universal issue. Employees are encouraged to speak up to provide input, but it feels like decisions are already made without regard for any input. Repeating this over and over discourages people from speaking up and leads to the same handful of people dominating meetings. The corporate and organizational goal of DE&I is admirable, but the members of the leadership team and scientists elevated/promoted in the organization mostly represent those from majority groups. The organization is fairly flat but prevents people from getting essential managerial experience so they can be ready to supervise teams in the future. To accomplish the ambitious goals, the organization needs to realize that it needs more headcount as it transitions into a mid-sized biotech company.

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      12 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      I am happy here

      25 May 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Extremely reliable and reasonable approach to WFH during Covid- kept us fully informed along the way. Feel appreciated as an employee. Plenty of "synchronous" days off for morale. Recent push for D&I has been exceptional and seems long-lasting rather than a band-aid. Vertex has competitive benefits - above and beyond family-wise, if you ask me.

      Cons

      Every company has cons. There's a hierarchy on paper, but unless you really look for it in day to day life, you'll be fine. Lots of meetings, but that's become the norm. The return to office life will be a test for work/life balance, but I think the management takes it seriously and appropriately.

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      Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

      Vertex Pharmaceuticals

      Thank you for taking the time to post your review. Vertex does appreciate all of its employees and we are glad you feel that.

    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company with an exciting future

      17 May 2021 - Talent Acquisition in Boston, MA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      A high science company. The sense of urgency and energy is contagious and energizing. Approach is bold and executives are hands on and also strategic which may be the secret sauce to this place. To keep innovation at the forefront, one can't become complacent or comfortable and Vertex has somehow been able to keep that entrepreneurial spirit alive as they have scaled. Serious about inclusion, diversity and equity. They walk the talk and it's impressive. Incredible benefits and equity program from a competitive standpoint. Decisive executive leadership team.

      Cons

      Heavy meeting culture but there are efforts to help solve for this. Can be relentless but no different from other start up environments.

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      Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

      Vertex Pharmaceuticals

      Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We agree that Vertex has a positive future!

    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      great place to work

      14 Jun 2021 - Senior Clinical Trial Manager in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great support, cares about patients

      Cons

      incentives could be better managed

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Toxicity and bullying are prevalent

      22 May 2021 - Manager in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great and beautiful office location, dedication to patients, company growth, female leadership, competitive pay

      Cons

      Despite having more cross-functional interactions globally through zoom, there is still a prevalence of back-stabbing and lack of respect for those who would like to see the company improve. Although other reviews mention silos, the ones that reference micromanagement are spot on- everyone has to see everything you do, which completely halts forward progression. Certain individuals in senior leadership roles are known bullies yet still continue to be protected. The restructuring and demotion of talented, high performing individuals to force them out is emblematic of how you will be thrown away like garbage.

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      7 people found this review helpful

      Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

      Vertex Pharmaceuticals

      We are sorry to hear that you did not have a good experience at Vertex. We will make sure to forward your review to the proper departments so that we can take action.

    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great but Changing Culture

      2 Jun 2021 - Director in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great focus on ID&E with smart focused people. Excellent science. Excellent benefits.

      Cons

      Becoming too hierarchical. There are lots of Senior Leaders but many lower level positions do not exist - the work is outsourced.

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      Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

      Vertex Pharmaceuticals

      Thank you for posting your review. We are glad to hear you mention the ID&E that Vertex has and the great science! We will provide your feedback to the proper departments.

    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Overall great place to work!

      7 Jun 2021 - Regulatory Affairs in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Benefits, Pay Great People Lots of innovation and exciting projects

      Cons

      Lots of changes, company growing pains

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      Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

      Vertex Pharmaceuticals

      Thank you for taking the time to post your positive review. We agree, Vertex does have great people!

    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Toxic Environment

      24 Mar 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits, Free food, Some good people

      Cons

      Management, long hours, no recognition, indecisive, no innvoation

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      8 people found this review helpful

      Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

      Vertex Pharmaceuticals

      Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are sorry to hear about the issues you are facing. We would suggest you setup time with your manager and discuss your concerns. You can also reach out to your HR business partner and have a confidential conversation and ask for guidance. We will make sure to provide this feedback to the proper departments.

    10. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Nice

      3 Jun 2021 - Account Manager 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      over all very good experience

      Cons

      cant think of any thing

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      Vertex Pharmaceuticals Response

      Vertex Pharmaceuticals

      Thank you for taking the time to post your review.

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