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Genzyme Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
212 Reviews
3.3
212 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Genzyme at 500 Kendall Street Cambridge is a great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Beautiful building, catering on-site, food and parking subsidized, training opportunities encouraged

    Cons

    too much work to do, jobs are being cut and not enough people left to do all the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please encourage senior management to pay closer attention to the work loads of the staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was a good setup with good coordination amongst departments

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    personal growth, good working environment

    Cons

    lack of time effectiveness and company values

  3.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    At least the area I was in, great team and management.

    Cons

    Company seems to be stuck in a past decade with some archaic policies and work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great workplace, awesome manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time

    Pros

    Great benefit program, career growth opportunties

    Cons

    Compensations, Promotions could be given more regularly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's all about the bottom line period.

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

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

    Pros

    Genzyme is still a decent company. The compensation is still good although there have been changes in the past 2 years or so and it is becoming more difficult to make full bonus. Work-life balance is still good. The acquisition by Sanofi has been challenging and their influence is being felt more and more.

    Cons

    Senior Management is overly focused on metrics, many of which are not meaningful, The introduction of the daily time card has contributed to this issue. The acquisition of Genzyme by Sanofi over 3 years ago has not been as positive as Sanofi would have employees at Genzyme believe. Many of the legacy Genzyme employees have left the company to pursue other start up opportunities or to retire. A tremendous amount of talent, knowledge and expertise went with those employees who left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time working with Genzyme. The employees are very friendly and focused on their tasks with a commitment to the research for medical conditions that are far from peoples minds.

    Cons

    I had not worked there long enough to pick up any cons, although at the time I was working there, a takeover by Sanofi saw many high level employees leave.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Overall a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Animal Technologist in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Animal Technologist in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment. The company encourages furthering employee knowlege and education. Managers are supportive and flexible.

    Cons

    Commute can be a challenge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    wonderful people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great people, good leadership, rewarded by management for good work done

    Cons

    sometimes work-life balance has to be compromised to fit in with the manufacturing schedule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Genzyme culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    A lot of innovation and patient focus.

    Cons

    some resistance to adopting new processes/technologies in older, established rare diseasse teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate more with employees. clarify company vision, so we can get onboard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    fair enough for new entry level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    fair enough as entry level. time off policies is depended on supervisors

    Cons

    very limited personal growth and dissatisfied with leadership teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vision employees as individual value but not only focus on the group profit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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