Genzyme Interview Questions

Updated Aug 26, 2015
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    Senior Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Genzyme (Cambridge, MA) in November 2010.

    Interview

    About 8 years ago, the only way I could get an interview with Genzyme was through an employee referral, otherwise it was impossible to get through the door. Once I received my initial interview with the company, the process took about 3 weeks to be offered a job. I found everyone from HR to people I intereviewed with were professional and friendly. As for internal transfers, I had built a very good working relationship among senior executives and I had proven that I did an exemplary job in my role as an administrative assistant resulting my landing a job within the company (this happened during the Sanofi's acquisition of Genzyme when my boss would leave and I was forced to find another administrative assistant position). The interview process took a record 3 days to complete the internal transfer(s).

    Interview Questions

    • How do you see yourself as a team player?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was no negotions since I was just happy to get a job with a great company.

  2. Helpful (1)  

    Research and Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Genzyme (Framingham, MA) in July 2010.

    Interview

    I was invited to meet several groups. I arrived and was taken up the elevator with a small group of people. We were escorted to a large boardroom where folding tables had been arranged along the walls. Each bank of tables had a placard with a group name. You could walk around and talk to all or some of the groups. At my meeting I recall seeing people from "Science", "Quality Assurance", and "Manufacturing: Cell Culture". I walked up to some people and just spoke to them about the positions open in there group. For some groups I had to wait in a small line to talk with someone. I had several copies of my resume and almost all of the people I spoke with took one. I have since been called to come in to interview further for two positions.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you switching directions? (ie from academic to private sector)   Answer Question
    • Why are you here? (ie Why did you select to talk to me over here at X table as opposed to those people over there?)   Answer Question
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    Senior Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Genzyme in July 2010.

    Interview

    I was brought in through a temp agency which most admin positions seem to be. The agency I worked with was very nice and the process was smooth. I had an offer the day after I interviewed and started right after I gave 2 weeks notice at my previous position.

    Interview Questions

    • When working for pharma you will be asked if you understand reimbursement and the payor system   Answer Question
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    Animal Laoratory Technician II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Genzyme (Framingham, MA) in May 2010.

    Interview

    Hiring and interview process can be slow. Interviews are very lengthy, and may require a full day of (8 hours) interviewing with several people. A second interview may be reqired.

    Interview Questions

    • Most difficult part of the interview process was having 3-4 people interviewing a candidate at a time. When being interviewed by peers it was less ner wracking. When being interviewed by 2 or more members of management it can be challenging.   1 Answer
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Genzyme (Cambridge, MA) in March 2010.

    Interview

    I met with 4 people one by one and it was a behavioral interview. Each interviewer asked few questions each regarding specific situations that I may have faced at work.

    Interview Questions

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Genzyme (Cambridge, MA) in March 2010.

    Interview

    Waste of time. Met with 4 people asking personal questions and conducting a so-called "psychological evaluation".

    Interview Questions

    • What would you changed about yourself?   1 Answer
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Genzyme (Cambridge, MA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    I had applied online and got a telephonic interview which was pretty basic, they wanted to know more about my background, my previous job experiences and why I wanted to switch fields. I had to wait for about 2 weeks till I got an offer for an onsite interview. This was technical as well as behavioral..

    Interview Questions

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Genzyme (Framingham, MA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    The website is fairly easy to use and each application is given a status which you can follow during the process. You know within a few days whether you were going to be called for a phone interview, or whether your application for a particular position was declined. I worked with the same HR person throughout the entire process who was very helpful and pleasant. Things moved quickly after the initial phone interview, then the interview on site. The background check took nearly two weeks, even though I was initially told it would be only a few days. I ended up being told the two week window was more the usual amount of time it took.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I didn't do too much negotiating. I opened with a higher salary than I was looking for, and when the final offer came back to me, I was happy with it.

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    Senior Technical Trainer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Genzyme (Cambridge, MA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    It was terrible. The recruiter practically bribed me and then wouldn't process the paperwork. I had to talk to his boss. The job wasn't well defined. It was awful - nobody even followed up after to see how it was going. it was a terrible experience. I felt like a criminal.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation. After going through 4 months I was broken down.

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    Senior Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Genzyme (Cambridge, MA) in November 2009.

    Interview

    The whole interview process with Genzyme took awhile to complete. I would have one interview say with an HR person and then weeks would go by before I heard anything. Then I would be asked back for another interview with a different person. Then I'd wait weeks to hear back from them. Then on my last round of interviews I met with a good number of people in the department. They were all very nice. The offices are amazing as well. They asked some challenging questions during the interviews but nothing too out of the ordinary.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    I found out more details of the day to day responsibilities of the position and I wasn't interested in certain key aspects.

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