Genzyme Reviews

Updated May 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance: You can work from home almost anytime you want (in 14 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a LEED building (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 is overly focused on metrics (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Lousy since Sanofi took over

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Long Term Employee in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Long Term Employee in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice matching of 401K

    Cons

    It depends on where you work, and who you work for. You could get a fantastic boss and work with an encouraging team. And then, you could get a horrible boss who is a bully and rules with an iron fist. People don't stand up for their rights - they are too afraid. Scientists do NOT always make good managers. I find that a lot of bosses totally lack people skills. There is a lot of REALLY bad behavior in this company. You may avoid it, but you may not.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time training your managers on how to be PEOPLE oriented. Discourage micro-managing as there is WAY too much of it in this company. There are SO many managers - the company is so top heavy and many managers are NOT trained to be managers.


  2. Sad very sad place to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Made good friends and colleagues.

    Cons

    Work inside the lab all day, no office space to sit at, cannot drink tea/coffee even in hallways, have to walk all the way to the break room, get lectured about taking time to sip my tea instead of "chugging" that hot boiling tea into my throat, anyway, depressing environment. People watch and record your time in and out including break time or lunch time. Pot luck parties all year long, always have to bring your own dish to the party, no budget ever for any dept events. Hard for employees don't feel appreciated. No professional growth whatsoever, prevent you from moving forward or getting another degree. Bathrooms have no ventilation, it stinks all the time. Very bad environment to work in. Have been hiring a lot of contractors...

    Advice to Management

    That would be nice if the management does something to make employees feel appreciated, at least buy us some food for the parties so we don't have to bring our own "everytime". That way we don't feel stressed out having to buy/make food in every party.


  3. Helpful (4)

    The worst company I have ever worked at!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgefield, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgefield, NJ

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Since I have to write 20 words here I'll start my cons here. Everyone is out for themselves people lie and step on other people to make themselves look better if you're not in the clique you're not going anywhere.

    Cons

    This company exploits the people. There are several people working very hard getting more and more responsibility. But not getting compensated. People are doing jobs two and three levels higher than what they are. And when the raises come out we get 0.5% and told its a budget thing. across the board. Unless your upper management. They only compensate the top 20%. It takes 100% of us to get the job done. It looks to me that they want people to leave. Because they are replacing people with temps but they are not keeping up with the amount of people that are leaving everyone here is extremely stressed and overwhelmed and no one cares.

    Advice to Management

    Have a heart and when the bonuses come out don't brag on what toys your going to get. Knowing your bonus is our yearly salary. Its not right how you upper management looks down on us like we are peons we have families and friends and lives to Obviously your management and the company is all about yourself. GREED!!!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing experience

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

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

    Pros

    - Competitive salary - Work life balance - Free food - Nice location

    Cons

    - No responsibilities given - Little to no tasks given during the day - No integration within the team


  6. Helpful (11)

    Most despised company in Boston biotech

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were very good. One hundred fifty (150) percent match on 401(k), but you have to stay 2 years. Easy commute to Framingham - right off the Mass Pike.

    Cons

    Glassdoor is asking me, "What are some of the challenges of working here?" I don't know where to start. I've been gone over a year and have met many former Genzyme employees and they all say the same thing,,,they hated the place. Completely overworked, no Human Resources Department, broken systems (takes three hours for a 20 minute task), grossly inexperienced management, employee training of very poor quality (read poorly written procedures and take exams with incorrect answers), unrealistic goals and objectives based on resources available, etc. Forget employee development and retention. A totally bad attitude permeated the place. I learned quickly that "failure is not an option." Mike Dukakis said that the "fish rots from the head down" and it sure does at Genzyme. Vendors commonly do not get paid for three months or more. Projects get modified by Genzyme management but then they won't extend the schedule, so 16-18 hour days become common. I recently heard that some Allston departments are working seven days a week, 12 hours a day. For what? Is the objective that critical? Must be, because metrics were universally important. Genzyme's culture is probably something like a car dealership. Employees are considered non-returning customers, so who cares how they are treated. One thing - Genzyme is probably very good for an entry-level or hourly employee. You do your job (or learn your job), then check out after 40 hours or pull down some overtime. Finally, I wonder if some of these "good" reviews are shills...put up here by Genzyme management to (artificially) promote the "Genzyme image."

    Advice to Management

    It's pay me now or pay me later. Explain the turnover. It's your employees who will carry you into the next decade. You have no pipeline and better, cheaper therapeutics are coming from your competitors.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Good Company but it seems that the golden days are mostly behind

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Opportunities to learn. Lots of small perks that could be good if management would use them to show appreciation for the hard work. Upper management is trying to fix issues but that doesn't trickle down to all levels.

    Cons

    It is expected to work long hours thus no work life balance. Management will not help with career development. Office politics are prevalent and can determine one's career. Training takes a long time which makes it very difficult to get new personnel onboard quick.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people on the floor and make changes quick. All the good employees are leaving and leaving a lot of not so good ones behind. Makes it very hard to get the job done.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Awful Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA

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

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

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (3)

    Mfg. Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mfg Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Mfg Associate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Work with your subordinates not against them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    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 Management

    Learn how to engage your audience


  11. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality in Allston, MA
    Former Employee - Quality in Allston, MA

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

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

    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



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