At Biogen Idec, we are working every day to become the world’s best science-driven biotechnology company. It takes great talent to discover, develop and deliver new therapeutics that lead to a meaningful improvement in the lives of patients. Biogen Idec believes that much of that great talent can be developed from within our own organization. It is with this spirit that we strive to provide meaningful career opportunities to our employees, and help them build rewarding careers.
In order to do this, we encourage employees to seek out new learning and growth opportunities, we recognize our leaders for nurturing our existing talent, and we reward our leaders for identifying opportunities for long term career growth.
Biogen Idec requires all employees to create a development plan to help them drive their professional and personal growth. We also provide resources to guide the development planning process and help employees stay focused on their career aspirations.
We offer several accelerated development programs for senior leadership. Our Management and Executive Academy (MAXA) and Directors Development Program (DDP) help our senior leaders hone their management skills. We improved the nomination and application process for MAXA and DDP to better link nominations to our talent review process and enable applicants to demonstrate self-awareness of their strengths and development needs. We also designed and launched the DDP Assessment Center, which puts nominees through a rigorous leadership simulation, including 360-degree feedback, to paint a more accurate picture of who they are, how they are viewed and their impact on others.
We also offer an Accelerated Development Program to provide customized support for select individuals taking on new or expanded roles within Biogen Idec. Leveraging executive mentorship, coaching and employee feedback, we believe this program will set these individuals up for success in their new positions.
We believe in growing our organization organically and encourage interested employees to move internally to follow their interests and expand their capability. Each year, we typically fill one-third of our publicly advertised open positions with internal candidates.