Sanofi-Aventis Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
224 Reviews
3.6
224 Reviews
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Sanofi-Aventis Directeur Général Chris Viehbacher
Chris Viehbacher
98 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have great work life balance because my territory is so small (in 18 reviews)

  • good benefits, but not as good as they once were (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life Balance can be a challenge (in 4 reviews)

  • Too much emphasis on politics, freedom of speech was not encouraged at the top management levels (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    toxic culture

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    Former Employee - Cardiovascular Specialty Sales Representative  in  Dallas, MO
    Former Employee - Cardiovascular Specialty Sales Representative in Dallas, MO

    I worked at Sanofi-Aventis full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    some flexability but not worth it

    Cons

    toxic culture and unethical with poor organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get real

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Big pharma attitude makes poor working environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Sanofi-Aventis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Internal self driven training available for development.
    Career development if you have the stomach for office politics...unless you are a lab rat (technical skills are not as valued as management skills)

    Cons

    Poor leadership.
    Poor communication with employees.
    No loyalty to employees.
    Employees were expected to "Get it done" without proper resources or support.
    Expected to work weekends, overtime, and holidays while management has three day weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The small biotech I worked for was acquired by Sanofi. At first there was little change and then the large corporate attitude took over. Management meetings were always catered while lab employees are fighting over how much of the 2% salary increase we could manage. If management wants the respect of the employees then they need to be seen as the hardest workers not the best politicians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Sales Representative at Sanofi-Aventis

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Sanofi-Aventis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salary, company car. The company values apply to some employees but not all. Training methodology changes with the wind. The training could be helpful for a different type of sales for employees who leave or get axed from the company.

    Cons

    Man culture for sure. Unrealistic role playing till you want to throw-up. Some very lousy managers who only respect those reps that follow their lead no matter how bad the mangers sales techniques maybe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the reps do their job, cut down on the role-play phony scenarios, the ride alongs with experienced reps that are bring home the bacon for you...LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Those expecting results may be frustrated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work in different areas

    Cons

    High expectations but Low accountability, management by total consensus can be slow and difficult

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Appalled by treatment of representatives

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    Current Employee - Executive Sales Professional
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Professional

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

    Pros

    Some of Benefits are still better than most-vacations, insurance
    Small geography can lead to better work life balance

    Cons

    No outlet for reps with horrible managers-no support from upper level if you speak up, clear favoritism on my team, rules arbitrarily enforced.
    Trapped by the whims of the manager-if not important to him, forget it!
    No true rewards for performing well.
    Why does it take an act of Congress to get a step promotion around here?
    What about a salary survey?
    Morale is disgustingly low.
    Management is out of touch with realities of the field.
    Why are we going back to paper now?!?!?!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to a partnership not a dictatorship. You are managers, not bosses!
    All of these new opportunities are for managers-you are recycling old blood. If you want to be revolutionary, be revolutionary, there are people still willing to try and you keep hiring the same old types.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Started off to be a career, but leadership killed has killed the development and business

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Sanofi-Aventis for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I can't give none right now. No solid pipeline

    Cons

    GSK Leadership that was hired to replace years of experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be better business leaders, make common sense decisions. You're not the only products in town

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales representatives are treated with very little respect.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Sanofi-Aventis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good training. Variety. Bonuses. Benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership is horrible, they are only concerned with themselves and will offer up an employee for sacrifice any time there is a problem that reflects bad on them. The responsibility never stops with the manager when something bad happens, but if it's good news it's all because of his leadership. It goes both ways. You have to take responsibility for the good and the bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The physicians want to see the sales representatives, not their managers. Let the sales representatives do their jobs without micromanaging and you'd be surprised what would happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    floundering leadership that has no idea how to motivate sales force, missed on drug launches in past decade

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    Current Employee - Key Account Manager
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager

    I have been working at Sanofi-Aventis full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    benefits, colleagues - this is about all i can think of that make this company worth staying at

    Cons

    leadership, lack of transparency, unorganized

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Primary care sales through promotion to senior hospital sales

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    Current Employee - Hospital Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Hospital Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sanofi-Aventis full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of sales reps so you can move around for more experience or if you get bored.

    Cons

    If you are a white dude, good luck. Openly promoting women and minorities and even if the skills are lacking those groups are seeing upward mobility. I is weakening some areas and we see this in management that can't make decisions. For instance, regional directors won't hire managers until they do interim management without the pay. White males in management development have spent more than 7 years in their development program without landing positions. Sales data reporting sucks and all bonuses will be capped as recent Zaltrap bonuses were cut in half because the company refused to pay what the reps had earned after blowing out sales numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people that can think for themselves and have skills and not for having a uterus or a certain ethnicity about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    sanofi chose the wrong people to manage and it is hurting the company and employees now.

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Specialist  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Regulatory Specialist in Bridgewater, NJ

    I have been working at Sanofi-Aventis

    Pros

    There was very clear performance feedback regularly and you always knew where you stood.
    The company really tried to get each group to know each other and it was effective, many of my former co-workers and I are still in touch.
    The benefits package was generous, good health insurance, 401K match and vacation time.

    Cons

    There was no communication of company or group changes, I would hear of changes from outside my department before my management ever told me.
    There was not much work-life balance, no work at home even on snow days.
    There was a big disparity in work distribution. Those who could perform were given the work that the under-performers weren't doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The corporate policies are good but as the yearly survey showed people were not happy with their management. Sanofi's managers were below the standard and had no incentive for managing their employees well. This should be weighted more in the yearly reviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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