Genzyme Reviews

Updated June 30, 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. Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time

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

    Pros

    Great culture for scientists to focus on research and science, and develop novel drugs for patients.

    Cons

    Since the merger with Sanofi, the good culture is being diluted.

    Advice to Management

    Please reserve Genzyme's culture.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Genzyme research associate review. Overall good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has great benefits and decent pay. Also has a great culture and many people stay most of their career at Genzyme, so great retention

    Cons

    Pay isn't terrific, it got a bit more corporate, less entrepreneurial after Sanofi bought out Genzyme. Getting promoted takes a while as well.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees breathing room to do their best work. Over-managing, even with Sanofi's policies, doesn't allow employees to do their best work


  3. Director of Field Operations, U.S, RARE diseases

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    Current Employee - Director of Sales Operations in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Sales Operations in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous vacation time especially for employees who have been with company for a long time.

    Cons

    No employee stock purchase plan


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Better Than Some, Much Room to Improve

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package, including vision and dental. Generous vacation time - sick time, personal time, floating holidays and vacation time all separate - that is, not one lumped-together PTO account.

    If you make good connections with people within the company it can take you a long way. If you figure out the "game" and play by it, you can really become somebody here.

    Cons

    Flipside of the networking "game" is the Good 'Ol Boys mentality. Promotions and raises are more based on kissing up and getting your name out than on merit and accomplishment. Management propels those who buy into this.

    Sanofi takeover has resulted in a more bureaucratic structure, and it's difficult to get anything important done. Making the numbers look good seems to be more important than actually addressing important issues, like safety concerns and adequate training - although there have been improvements in those areas.

    Another problem with the Sanofi ownership is that despite Genzyme producing excellent revenue recently, those profits are funneled up to the struggling Sanofi, leaving employees with meager returns.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your talent and empower the grassroots. Improve the performance and recognition system; stop giving reviews by grading on a curve - it makes good employees appear average, and disincentivizes individuals. Why perform above and beyond when the recognition ends up equivalent with those just drifting by?


  6. Network Engineer Consultant

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer Consultant in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer Consultant in Quincy, MA

    I worked at Genzyme (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great team environment, knowledgeable staff, organized documentation, current technology

    Cons

    Went down hill after bought by Sanofi. Upper management needs to treat employees with professional courtesy and respect. As a result employees migrated away from company like sinking ship.


  7. QC Analyst I New Hiree

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    Current Contractor - QC Analyst I in Allston, MA
    Current Contractor - QC Analyst I in Allston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome Staff. Friendly and helpful. Great company to work for. If you're looking for an entry level position into the biotech field. Genzyme is a good place to start.

    Cons

    Currently under staffed so the training process takes forever. Lots of cGMP and GDP which is not entirely a bad thing but can be overwhelming from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    If you're understaffed and have 3 rotating shifts and hire new employees that need training, maybe you should either have them train on other shifts or pull people to train during their shift instead of wasting weeks to train someone on one assay.


  8. Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good comapny to work for outside of the city limits. Interesting science and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    No major cons. Their salaries seem to be a little lower than what you would find in the city. But it's a fair trade off if you don't want to commute.


  9. QC Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    great leadership, willing to train, and growth with the company is possible

    Cons

    entry level is difficult to obtain


  10. Associate Director Portfolio Forecasting

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers, nice atmosphere, work - life balance, appreciation of what you do, helping people with life saving therapies

    Cons

    difficult to get promoted, many opening filled in from outside vs. developing internal candidates, arbitrary 1-1.5% yearly salary increase limit

    Advice to Management

    If you talk that people are your biggest asset - start acting like this is the case and make sure you develop talent. The low arbitrary salary increase limit may make the compensation not competitive.


  11. Research Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Great Environment, Friendly staff, flexiblity

    Cons

    Less recognition of work, changing deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Transparency



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