Biogen was founded by prominent biologists, including two Nobel Prize winners. The company merged with IDEC Pharmaceuticals in 2003, becoming the third largest biotechnology company in the world. Some of the company's products include Avonex for multiple sclerosis, Tysabri for MS and Crohn's disease, and Rituxan for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis.
The company matches up to six percent of 401k or Roth contributions, and reportedly offers terrific health insurance, where "very little is not covered." Employees also enjoy 12 weeks paid maternity leave and four weeks paid paternity leave. And there is plenty of vacation time, starting with three weeks in the first year and moving up to five weeks, plus four floating holidays, a week-long company shutdown between Christmas and New Year's Day, and an extra four week sabbatical every six years.
People who work at Biogen like that "people are passionate about their jobs, smart and talented." They also enjoy "perks, such as a weekly social hour with alcohol" and "a lot of group outings." Some think Biogen is "growing a bit too fast" and are concerned that there is instability after "a large lay off." But others point out that the culture is "very encouraging and supportive" and fellow workers keep "the main goal of patient care at the focus." – less