Sanofi-Aventis
3.5 of 5 208 reviews
www.sanofi.com Paris, France 5000+ Employees

Sanofi-Aventis Reviews

Updated May 19, 2014
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3.5 208 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

Sanofi-Aventis Directeur Général Chris Viehbacher

Chris Viehbacher

(89 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Those expecting results may be frustrated

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunities to work in different areas

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Appalled by treatment of representatives

    Executive Sales Professional (Current Employee)

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

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

    ConsGSK Leadership that was hired to replace years of experience

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe better business leaders, make common sense decisions. You're not the only products in town

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sales representatives are treated with very little respect.

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsGood training. Variety. Bonuses. Benefits.

    ConsLeadership 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Key Account Manager (Current Employee)

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

    Consleadership, lack of transparency, unorganized

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Primary care sales through promotion to senior hospital sales

    Hospital Representative (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Regulatory Specialist (Current Employee)
    Bridgewater, NJ

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting Place

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Bridgewater, NJ

    ProsWork life balance is pretty good
    Benefits were great

    ConsUpper management not really in touch with what the people in the field need on daily basis.
    People promoted more on who they know then what they know

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to field and offer a clear vision on where the company is going

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not good, very little support from upper management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosgood benefits and vacation time off, generous with 401k and medical benefits, company care and other benefits in line with pharma industry

    Consmanagement is not aware of the market place and products that sanofi-aventis is putting out in the market, very little support from upper management.

    Advice to Senior Managementsenior management is clueless to what is going on in the market both nationally and at the street level, the ship is sinking and management isn't even concerned

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a nice place to work, not anymore

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Malvern, PA

    ProsSalary/benefits are competitive in the industry. Company provides a good tuition reimbursment program and time off benefits and flexible work schedule was a nice plus.

    ConsSanofi used to be a nice place to work. The company was never the highest paying pharma co., but focused on providing a strong benefits package and backed it up with a culture that was employee centric-people were treated like individuals, not interchangable parts. That has changed since 2009 and "Transformation" began. Senior leadership has no idea what direction they are going in. If they do, they are incapable or unwilling to provide that message to its employees. The company has dismantled many of the pros that encouraged people to stay despite the lower salaries. Company loyalty towards employees is not longer considered an important aspect of the culture, yet the company still wants unquestioned loyalty from its employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA fully vetted long term plan should be developed and communicated to employees. It appears that decisions are made to save money but not for the long term development of competitive advantage within the industry.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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