Genzyme
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www.genzyme.com Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 27, 2014
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Genzyme CEO Christopher A. Viehbacher

Christopher A. Viehbacher

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59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good company, good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPros: work-life balance, bonus structure, dedicated staff and great projects to work on
    - High potential for career growth and development, you may just have to seek it out yourself depending on your manager
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    ConsCons: There is a sense that there is too much focus on cutting back on staffing
    -sometimes unclear decision making throughout the ranks lead to issues
    - some business practices are efficient, while others are burdened by bureaucracy/ wasted resources
    -Constant changes to SOP's and training department, often multiple people will say to fill out different SOP's for the completing the same training task, leading to confusion and extra paperwork.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great if you can ignore the Corporate BS

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits - generous 401K match, PTO, annual bonus, and transit subsidies. Health premiums are affordable and based on pay and family size. In the office environment work hours are flexible and you have the ability to work from home part of week either regularly or on occasion as needed. Colleagues are dedicated, care about the work they do, and support each other, great team atmosphere. The work on my project is challenging, and I am never bored. The office space is pleasant, even in the cube farm. Overall the pros outweigh the BS in the cons section. Seriously, I love my job and working here despite the things in the "Cons" section. My team is great, the benefits are great, and I love the work I do, and that counts for a lot even when I can't give many stars on some of the individual ratings.

    ConsRaises were cut drastically and do not keep pace with the rise in COL. My co-workers refer to them as "pay cuts" for this reason. There is now more use of contractors rather than giving great workers perm jobs. My team is down to 2 employees, both hired prior to integration. All other positions have been lost or converted into contractor positions as they were vacated by regular employees. My division needs a long term stable team, not temporary workers. The inability to hire regular employees has left us dealing with turnover and difficulty in attracting people with the experience and skills we need. We are often short on resources, and unable to keep up with the workload, seem to be in a constant training mode. Once we have someone up to speed, they either leave for a regular position elsewhere or a more lucrative contract. That's the nature of using contractors. This is totally appropriate for some work, but not in my division and it is costing the company piles of money in lost productivity and lost talent.

    As other people have mentioned communication leaves a lot of be desired, especially around changes and moves. Some decisions seem to be nonsensical from any possible perspective (removing all plastic ware, plates, napkins, and milk/cream service from the kitchenettes to "save money" but then replacing all of the water coolers with even fancier models WTH?) We face constant budget cuts and had a hiring freeze, but apparently we can now enjoy corporate jet service at a premium cost for commuting between Boston and NJ and we needed fancy big monitors on every floor rotating messages too fast too be able to read. It's entirely possible one morning you will boot up your computer and not be able to access programs you need to do your work. IT support (or lack there-of) will make you want to cry into your keyboard. Critical issues can be left for a month or longer and need to be escalated by upper management to get any kind of response, even when employees are literally unable to work until the issue is fixed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove communication and re-examine some of these business decisions that are likely actually costing money rather than saving it. Stop making IT and accounting decisions in a vacuum that end up having critical impact on employee's ability to get work done. Rethink all using outsourcing and contractors where it's clearly not beneficial. If you want to compete with Google for talent, you first need to make jobs available, period. You can't attract the superstars when you refuse to offer them regular jobs in the first place.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great company to work for.

    Principal Analytical Development Associate (Former Employee)
    Framingham, MA

    ProsGood resources, Great benefits and a great company culture. They "transplanted workers for 6 months rather than lay them off and rehire. I respect that.

    ConsConvoluted communication systems, scattered campus sites.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great benefits, work/life balance.

    Stability Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsVacation time at hire date, affordable healthcare, excellent emphasis on work/life balance.

    ConsRedundancy of paperwork, lack of communication between departments, lengthy training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Biosurgery keeps changing hands

    Senior Development Associate (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    Pros-Great benefits
    -flexible work schedule
    -ability to grow within the group
    -the management in my group is very encouraging and let us take offsite seminars, attend conferences and encourage growth and development

    Cons-few jobs openings and chances to move up or to other departments
    -Upper management have been around for so long that they do not encourage or accept change easily
    - a lot of getting ahead is from being liked and who you know
    -salaries are low for experience and education
    -departments do not often work well together, there is a lot of argument among managers of different departments

    Advice to Senior Management-care more about your employees
    -promote the people that do the job well, not just the ones that you like

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Benefits

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    Framingham, MA

    ProsGreat Benefits, great work life balance

    ConsNO OPPORTUNITY for advancement, too many reorgs, reviews are not based on performance

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet goals so team can advance within the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Place For Research Work

    Principal Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Framingham, MA

    ProsI have worked at Genzyme for the past 8 years and I have been extremely happy working here. The people are very cordial and collaborative, the benefits are excellent, and I work with people who genuinely enjoy what they do. With the purchase of Genzyme by Sanofi, we have gained a very generous 401K match program, a significant improvement on bonus structure, as well as a 5-day "company holiday" between Christmas and New Years every year.

    ConsMerit raises have been less than stellar over the past 5 years, and it is quite a challenge to move up positions (ie, obtain promotions). However, lateral and upward moves can be achieved by internal transfers between Genzyme and Sanofi sites, which I have seen several people take advantage of.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome till Sanofi Took Over

    Senior Validation Engineer (Former Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsVery friendly people. Good work environment. Awesome team atmosphere. Good compensation. Hard work is praised and will not go unnoticed.

    ConsSanofi. They want to take control of everything. No appreciation of work. Genzyme to them is just a money making machine as the patent on their drugs is over. They want to make money from Genzyme but cut all the expenses for them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSanofi wants to control everything. The management at Genzyme are either getting laid off or their powers are being taken away. Employees are treated as herds and there is no appreciation of good work as it was at Genzyme.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Passionate People, Passionate Company

    Director (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsWorking in rare disease, you felt close to the patient and had a real purpose to your work. Very entrepreneurial environment; people were able to move around and talented people could move up. It felt very much like working with family members (prior to the merger).

    ConsPost merger, GENZ seemed to be going more towards a P&L type company. Many to most of the former Genzyme people left...taking a lot of the culture with them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Marketing Assistant (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company, good benefits, lots of growth opportunity.

    ConsIt is a large company and you can get lost in the shuffle. Even though the vacation benefits are good, it's not exactly fair that our European counterparts had double the amount of vacation time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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