Genzyme Reviews

Updated July 28, 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. Manufacturing

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer II in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer II in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme

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

    Pros

    Very few pros, to be honest. At best, great commitment to customers.

    Cons

    Bad culture, poor management, poor talent retention


  2. good atmosphere, outdated processes, stinted amenities

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Framingham, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good working atmosphere, very nice colleagues, good location

    Cons

    outdated processes, internal databases and tools encumber and hinder modernization efforts. Bureaucratic system requires overhaul and rejuvenation.

    Advice to Management

    consolidate site wide operations management and recording tools. Invest in proper software, using excel for operations management is not contemporary. Invest more in process modernization.


  3. Past Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and good people.

    Cons

    bad moral and upper management.


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  5. Principal Scientist

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, generously matched 401k plan, friendly management, nice facilities, good budget, family friendly, good commute, good location, free parking,

    Cons

    After Sanofi acquisition some job insecurity, lay offs, no more stock purchase plan, frequently changing priorities and projects, shrinking discovery research,


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    Anyonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

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

    Pros

    Company had a great culture and really great sales people. Products treated underserved Orphan diseases.

    Cons

    Sanofi buy-out ruined the culture. As time went on, Genzyme became less Genzyme and more big Pharma

    Advice to Management

    Go back to what made Genzyme such a great place to work


  7. Helpful (4)

    Genzyme

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    The majority of the employees are hard working and dedicated. The work environment and manageable because of the employees.

    Cons

    High stress work environment with little to no recognition from above. Constantly moving from one big problem to the next, never getting a break.

    Advice to Management

    Improve raises and bring back the stock options. Employee moral is low at times and better perks and raises could go a long way.


  8. Helpful (1)

    It used to be a great company. Now, not so much.

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist I in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist I in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salaries and Benefits Fair work-life balance

    Cons

    The company is run like a sweat shop under the new regime

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff like people and not like commodities.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Still going through changes post acquisition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

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

    Pros

    Some good people still left. Generous vacation policy

    Cons

    Difficult to get things done due to Sanofi's siloed approach and many, many steps and groups involved in process. Functions are being grouped in one location at any of the multiple Boston Metrowest locations breaking apart project teams. Good people continue to leave due to frustrations with Sanofi bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Genzyme needs to be able to be more independent from Sanofi processes. The legacy of success cannot be repeated using policies and procedures put in place to run enormous programs in area such as diabetes.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Manufacturing Operations Review

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer II in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer II in Framingham, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Nice patient focused culture, which is rare in pharma. Great benefits (401k, Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement).

    Cons

    (Manufacturing Side Review) Poor talent focus, hierarchical filtering of communication, lack of manufacturing vision. Terrible bureaucracy prevents simplest improvements at the manufacturing operations level

    Advice to Management

    Focus on cutting the barriers to open communication. So many employees can't even openly discuss issues because it needs to be "processed" up the management chain. It's not conducive to continuous improvement of operations or culture.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Slowly digressing

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    Current Employee - Clinical Science Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Clinical Science Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Genzyme (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    interesting work, gaining valuable skill set

    Cons

    The influence of the pharma mindset will kill this business

    Advice to Management

    Be more openminded when it comes to Genzyme. This is not Pharma. It cannot be run like pharma!!!



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