Genzyme Interview Questions

Updated Dec 16, 2014
Updated Dec 16, 2014
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    I was hired during the peak of consultant hiring period. So, the interview process was brief. A quick telephone interview with a few good questions I was hired. The HR did a good job on pre-screen things. The job offer paper work is formal and complete. The whole process took about two weeks.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    Meet with multiple people. Start with HR, then Hiring manager, then the rest of the team. Scientists individually, but associates are grouped together as a tribunal. Then back to HR. For second interview, you will meet director team again, maybe will give small seminar.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unusual. Genzyme doesn't require a formal psych evaluation style interview that places like Merck use. Basically you will be asked about your experience etc. and things relevant to the actual position write up.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Definitely negotiate. The offer is below market and if you accept it, that salary will blunt your future salary raises/promotions for your career.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Principal Production Planning Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    I was an internal transfer, so I met with the Plant Manager to discuss the position. I submitted my resume to HR and they processed the paperwork to move me into my new role. The interview process for external applicants is much more detailed and complex. You will need to submit your resume online, and you will be contacted by HR if they are interested. Typically you will go through multiple interview sessions before a hiring decision is made. You can negotiate your salary, but there are salary ranges for each job level, and they will not typically exceed the maximum amount for the grade.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Since this was an internal transfer, the negotiation phase was simple. The position was one level higher than my current job, so a slight pay increase was added to my salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Initially contacted by a 3rd party recruiter. I had both phone and in-person interviews. As large as Genzyme/Sanofi is, they have not developed the maturity it appears to have a more formal interview process where the interviewers have been trained on how to interview.

    Negotiation Details
    Spent a few days on salary negotiations
    Accepted Offer
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    Process Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    Typical interview process for biopharma

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They make an offer. No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
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    QA Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    Lots of physiological questions. 30 mins with 4 different supervisors.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
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    Senior Training Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was smooth and quick. I applied online and was contacted by a recruiter to do a phone screen. After that, I was invited on-site for an interview. The on-site interview was about 2.5 hrs and consisted of 30 minute sessions with each of the following: the hiring manager, their manager, and 2 other department managers. After the on-site interview, I was asked to come in and present a 10-15 minute presentation. In addition to the 4 people I had already interviewed with, there were 2 other people observing the presentation. I was contacted a few days later with an offer. Overall, the entire process took about 4 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate a small sign-on bonus
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    QC Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Interview Details

    Very relaxed interview with 4 different individuals. Was not at all as tense as expected. I was made to fell very comfortable and treated very well. The interviewers were very nice friendly people. The questions were all work related. None of the questions were the typical nonsense so prevalent these days. It was all to the point and just like it should be.

    I wish all interviews were so correctly done.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult. The most unexpected was preparing for the difficult phoney baloney only to get straightforward good old fashioned decency and honesty. Pretty sure I just ran into four very decent people.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Fast and acceptable. HR person was the only bad part.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Co-Op Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Genzyme in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    The person you will be working under will interview you first followed by an interview by the group leader. The overall interview process was overall relaxed. They did not ask many technical questions and it is mainly your job to ask questions about the position, company, and group. It is also important to really show that you are interested specifically in the field the position is related to or in a specific aspect of the job (i.e. a certain type of bioreactor). The interviewers spent a lot of time telling me about the position and my numerous questions definitely showed them my immense interest. Another big tip, especially if your interviewers are as relaxed as mine, try to think of the interview as a conversation with long-lost friends that you have just reconnected with.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    A Genzyme HR called me about the offer. A third-party company is in charge of payroll for the interns / co-ops and they will contact you with forms. For interns / Co-op, I don't think salary is negotiable.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Distribution and Logistics Coop Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    On campus recruiting with HR and Manager. Later went for an on site interview as well and got the job

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer

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