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Genzyme Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
202 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • Work/life balance: You can work from home almost anytime you want (in 14 reviews)

  • Genzyme pays good hourly wages and offers a great benefits package (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • The acquisition by Sanofi has started to change the culture to one more akin to big pharma (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management not clearly focused on improving operations (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There aren't many to think of. There are some great people to work with and I made some long lasting friends during my time there.

    Cons

    Allston is completely mismanaged and is prime for a business case study on how not to run a company. Their turnover YTD is over 30% and it has been entirely voluntary. Promotions are very rare and they are planning to reduce the size of the plant from approximately 650 to 400 employees over the next few years through letting people leave without replacing them. After leaving this company, I was able to get a 22% pay increase. They pay far below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be replaced. Having senior management there that were big reasons why Genzyme is under a consent decree is unbelievable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mfg. Associate

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    Former Employee - Mfg Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Mfg Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good people to work individually with other than supervisors
    Good pay
    Good benifets
    Lots of overtime available since they can't retain anyone

    Cons

    Hi turnover. They can't keep anyone
    Management will throw anyone under the bus to hold onto power
    High level of nepotism qualified personal passed over and jobs given to lower level relatives over more qualified personal
    Whas brought on to help fix an issue,issue resolved managers took all of the credit from my recommendations

    I spent a year in Iraq getting bombed and shot at. I'd rather go back there than to go back to Genzyme. Everyone that I have ever encountered leaves once they find a new job except for the green card holders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your subordinates not against them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ridiculously unprofessional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    Great benefits and a LEED building

    Cons

    Everything else; training department was understaffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to engage your audience

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Weak management; terrible work/life balance; lack of accountability

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    Former Employee - Quality in Allston, MA
    Former Employee - Quality in Allston, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Genzyme has good name recognition and truly cares about its patients. Consent Decree allows opportunities for skill development, but they will overwork you and you will not be compensated accordingly. Employees are dedicated to ensuring work is completed, at the expense of quality.

    Cons

    -Too many managers with weak vision
    -Lack of accountability on all levels
    -Lack of career development and advancement opportunities
    -Workaholic personality is expected, not recognized
    -High turnover due to ambiguity pervading the site. This leads to junior staff making uneducated decisions
    -Unprofessional atmosphere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Miss-management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many good people with advanced skills to work along side of, company's success skyrocketed and then peaked in 2007. There "was" a time when everybody that I spoke with at Genzyme gave me the impression that they really were happy to work for Genzyme!

    Cons

    At one time people "were' truly happy to work for Genzyme, that all changed in 2007! And it has steadily gotten worse since. Now people are always on edge, walking on egg shells, management has been out of touch with the real beat on the streets for many years. They will actually use the following "articulate" phrase addressing the assembly: "If you do not like it, then you should be looking for a job elsewhere". It was already getting chaotic and then the company was bought by Sanofi. Sanofi wants to "harmonize" operations. Which sounds good, sounds all warm and fuzzy but what works for the pharmaceutical industry may not be advantageous for the Biotech industry. The fear of Sanofi by Genzyme Management has them running around with inappropriate agendas which it is transparent that the Genzyme Management is in fear of losing their positions and are in self preservation mode.
    Times are turbulent, perhaps after all of the dust settles in some 5 years or so it will be okay to work there again. The HR personnel are merely mouthpieces for management; sure they will explain your benefits but if you have any grievances with any superiors (as this has been shared to me by multiple people who have attempted) you are just setting your self up for misery. HR will maintain a bias for management and do not have your best interest in mind!
    With the rapid growth of the company came growing pains. Pains which they have failed to overcome to this day such as lack of meaningful communication between departments/groups; often there are details which are not shared and contributes to confusion etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave your offices and conference rooms once in a while; make it part of a regiment (weekly) to go out into the field and observe with your own two eyes what is going on, ask the employees for feedback. And I am not just talking about Managers, I am talking about the Directors even more so, as they currently are just taking the scrambled communication of the Managers and think that they are getting the true picture; well you are not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very very poor management - top-down; no true HR department for the common employee; very poor quality management

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Framingham Center, MA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Framingham Center, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    depends on where you work (site) and which operation you work, there is great opportunity for growth (just don't pick Quality)

    Cons

    Poor Management, poor collaboration/communication between Management in different operations; blind support of management - there is no HR Representative; no oversight of management and no mechanism to investigate management wrong doing/ retaliation. Poor Management all around. "open door policy" a farce. Any discussion with a level above direct Manager is discouraged, and invites retaliation (where employee is made an example). No control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality Management - Listen to your employees, protect your employees from incompetent managers - at least investigate complaints with independent counsel (not same HR responsible for supporting Manager). Look at your attrition rate and determine trends. You might notice, higher attrition rates than others.....investigate. Racial discrimination is very real in some departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nothing special

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, flexible hours, decent benefits

    Cons

    Human resources department lacking professional leadership. Division direction all over the place. No real room to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and back up your employees. Talk to the people in the trenches and understand how things really work. Listen to their ideas. Better planning with more depts. involved. Free pizza once a month is just nowhere near what people are looking for. REALLY!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is not the same company it was even a couple of years ago. It's a sad place to work.

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    Current Employee - Medical Writer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Medical Writer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The science is interesting, the diseases being researched are in need of dedicated teams to create solutions, and the people who are left (after the acquisition by Sanofi) are really super.

    Cons

    That being said, those people are leaving in droves, and the new parent company is totally focused on the bottom line, not what makes sense for patients, and certainly not what makes sense for the employees. There is no recognition by Sanofi that Genzyme employees made Genzyme what it was, and the loss of talent in the past several months is staggering!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not worth the frustration....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    Not many:
    Got a few years of good experience until the politics kicked in
    Lucky to have direct supervisors who were talented, respectful and put time into my career development
    NB: this is not common here at all

    Cons

    Where to start.....
    1. It's a "you should pay us to work here" attitude
    2. Patronizing upper management
    3. HR is very disrespectful - while internally interviewing was questioned on the motive my career change, specifically that I didn't do enough to show interest in the potential career change; this is after speaking, researching and building relationships in the department/field of interest, taking continuing ed and earning a MS degree in the field. (HR was aware of all the prep work) When asked what else I need to do was told: "that's for you to figure out".
    4. People are not hired or promoted based on qualifications, background education etc. but simply how long you've hung around...how does someone with nothing past a high school degree get into managing corporate development activities when MBAs and the like aren't even considered for the position?
    5. I was made to wait 20+ minutes for my exit interview at 5:00 PM on a Friday while the HR rep chatted about her dinner the previous evening with a co-worker (was seated within ear shot of the entire conversation). No apology or anything for the wait - completely unprofessional.
    6. And to continue with the unprofessionalism - during the exit interview was told since I took part in the tuition reimbursement program (completed the last class more than a year previous to leaving the company as the policy states the employee must stay at least 6 months after completing the last class) I should consider staying longer for "moral reasons". After politely pointing out I had fulfilled all tuition reimbursement requirements, she replied: well if you feel comfortable taking advantage of the company that's your own moral issue" - REALLY! please tell me who took advantage of who? after following the policy to a "T" and had above average performance reviews for the many years of employment, this is the treatment on the way out?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at some other companies down the street, they get it - you don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be very careful about what you say!

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Data Cleanser in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Data Cleanser in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons is that they are not "corporate" in the sense, that they don't write you up for every little thing. They were fairly flexible with myself as a single parent.

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy in management. For my department we had 3 employees, a manager and a Supervisor. They don't write you up for everything, they just fire you. I wrote an email to my manager about innapropriate behavior between himself and my coworker and that I was feeling uncomfortable, and instead of changing that, they let me go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no need to have all of those managers and supervisors (like AP for example). Promoting employees is nice but not to where you have more "chiefs" than you do "indians"

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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