Genzyme Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
187 Reviews
3.3
187 Reviews
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Genzyme CEO Christopher A. Viehbacher
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pace allows for strong work/life balance and flexibility to often work remote as needed (in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits - generous 401K match, PTO, annual bonus, and transit subsidies (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management is overly focused on metrics (in 10 reviews)

  • years, management promoted based on years of service rather than merit, terrible work/life balance, stagnant career growth since Sanofi acquisition (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good pay but got burnt out.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

    Genzyme pays good hourly wages and offers a great benefits package. If you are in Manufacturing they offer differentials on 12 hour shifts and plenty of over time......If you are into that type of thing.

    Cons

    Very repetitive. Had to leave after several years of doing the same exact thing. There is a high turnover rate of Manufacturing Associates which leads to being short help on the floor. Do not expect to take breaks or lunch at a set time during the twelve hour day. Have often worked up to eight hours without a break. This can be the norm and almost expected when busy.
    Manufacturing is also excluded during recognition events even though they are the ones that do all the heavy lifting and make the product. Go figure!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe consider different shifts. It seemed to me a lot of my coworkers where burnt out and morale was definitely low. I would work for this company again but definitely NOT in Manufacturing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place before Sanofi

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good salary nice perks! Amazing company before Sanofi!

    Cons

    No growth unless you are French now that it is owned by Sanofi!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Top heavy culture brings down the organization as a whole.

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    Former Employee - Quality
    Former Employee - Quality

    I worked at Genzyme full-time

    Pros

    Since the Sanofi acquisition the culture, the tools, and the benefits are now headed towards outstanding. No doubt this was the worst part about leaving, the potential for a great company to grow with.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, this growth is a process and during that time it can be messy. At Ridgefield the facility is very top heavy; the politics is thick, and wouldn't be so much of an issue if the people below didn't suffer as a consequence. Every year we did better, and every year we had to save money so raises were skimpy; yet the "teacher's pets" received substantial bonuses and promotional opportunities (public knowledge because of the politics). Often those that developed within the facility are those who posed little to no threat to upper management. Understandable but to maintain progress the burden falls into the laps of the lower level employees with little to no recognition, because those in supervisory or new management positions lacked the skills needed to perform the job well.

    There is a striking shift in values due to the Sanofi acquisition and there seems to be tension from upper management. Accountability seems to have reappeared in their realm, and they are nervous. In a few years, if Sanofi does what they should to ensure consistent progress and growth (of both the company and employees), this will be a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition is lacking. Paying below market salaries and leveraging politics to ensure your personal bonus is both morally weak, and shameful. Take an honest look at what opportunities are available should you invest in your employees, and not your egos.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    non transparent

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    Former Employee - Lead Generation Department  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Lead Generation Department in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I interned in the Med Chem department LGCR in Waltham MA. The people are knowledgeable and committed to doing good science and received the support you'd expect from a large pharma company with resources.

    Cons

    There is a "Culture of Decay." This is a well established fact that is acknowledged by the entire department and the department head however he is uninterested in having any support or effort being put in in order to solve this problem from management.
    Layoffs will probably become more common since the Sanofi acquisition.
    Disorganized macro systems- everything is fine if you stay in lab/ your cubicle but there are bureaucracies that can't help you and a level of disorganization that is an inevitable result of many M&As.

    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great people. True spirits committed to helping patients.

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

    I worked at Genzyme full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Truly a great company that is committed to helping patients; giving them hope, when there was little hope before.

    Cons

    The acquisition by Sanofi has started to change the culture to one more akin to big Pharma.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Young, successful biopharma firm acquired by Sanofi

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Genzyme as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Boston location. Plenty of opportunity to improve the operation.

    Cons

    Senior management not clearly focused on improving operations. Undisciplined engineering practices at some locations. Unsustainable product pricing model for long-term success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investing in engineering development--specifically turnover from research to -manufacturing--could yield order-of-magnitude improvements in fixed asset throughput.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Keep Changing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    Good pay, good working environment, the cafeteria with an overlook of Charles river is nice, location is good too, keep changing for good,

    Cons

    Although the town hall meetings are good, lack of next level of communication.
    Although keep changing in a right direction is good, employee get confused when the lower level of communication is absent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that the middle level of management communicate more often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to work

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

    I have been working at Genzyme as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart, talented group of people

    Cons

    High turnover, very complicated systems and policies. Very big company that requires multiple input to complete tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee satisfaction

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Research Associate

    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate  in  Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good mid-level management. Competitive industry compensation.

    Cons

    Very low ceiling for mid-level associates.

  11.  

    Best review ever

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    Current Employee - Principal Research Associate  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Research Associate in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    paycheck, good 401K, time off, noble mission

    Cons

    procurement woes, health insurance, lack of carrer advancement structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on managing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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