Genzyme has pioneered the development and delivery of transformative therapies for over 30 years. Founded in 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts, Genzyme evolved from a tiny start-up with just a handful of employees to one of the world's leading biotech companies. Acquired by Sanofi in 2011, Genzyme now benefits from the reach and resources of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, with a shared commitment to improving the lives of patients.
We've kept our roots in the Boston area: our headquarters, Genzyme Center, is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to venerable universities, teaching hospitals, and a thriving biotechnology community. But we also operate in every other region of the globe
Genzyme's culture is inspired – and built – by our employees, and the dedication they demonstrate every day to thinking creatively, working together, and making that extra effort in the service of our bigger shared goals.
An Exceptional Workplace
Are you interested in having a meaningful impact on the health and lives of people around the world? Looking for a positive, stimulating work environment that offers both tangible and intangible rewards? Excited about the possibilities of biotech and the future of medicine? Eager to work with bright, motivated colleagues who are experts in their fields? Genzyme's corporate culture sets the stage for just such opportunities. A prominent global biotech company with thousands of employees, we've always believed that being a great place to work is what makes us a company that accomplishes great work.
Widely recognized as one of the industry's leading employers, Genzyme offers every employee a path to succeed – and the resources, support, and inspiration to drive their professional development.
Opportunities for Growth
At Genzyme, we have a strong record of promoting from within, and many of our top leaders have built a significant portion of their careers moving through the company. We're deeply invested in the unique talents, skills, and interests of our employees, and we believe that any position at Genzyme offers the opportunity for professional development.
Often this happens organically: mentoring, coaching, and knowledge-sharing are a natural byproduct of our highly collaborative culture. Genzyme's operations depend on cross-functional teams managing various projects and initiatives, and this approach gives individuals the chance to get involved in areas beyond their own roles. It's not unusual for employees to tap into expertise in another division in the company, or even another part of the world.
Our emphasis on teamwork allows staff not only to learn from one another, but also discover new opportunities or roles that can expand their career horizons. Genzyme executives and management are intimately involved in their divisions, and they lead by example, inspiring their teams to rise to challenges and reach for new heights.
Professional Development Programs
In addition to an open, encouraging work environment, Genzyme offers structured career development initiatives through a combination of internal and external programs.
All employees work closely with their managers and HR representatives to map out goals, assess performance, and identify areas for skill-building and growth. We also have an on-staff team of specialists in professional development who are available to support employees and managers throughout Genzyme. This Leadership and Organizational Development group provides educational courses, training sessions, and other consultative services.
Collaborating with professional organizations, we create opportunities for our employees to learn from others in the industry, network with peers, and establish themselves as subject matter experts. Together, all these initiatives help ensure that Genzyme is meeting the needs and interests of our employees today and helping them evolve into our leaders for tomorrow.
The varied backgrounds, skills, and perspectives of our global workforce are a cornerstone of Genzyme's success. Driven by the diverse needs of our patients and other stakeholders, we focus on sustaining an inclusive workforce as well as a diverse product portfolio.
A Strategic Approach
For Genzyme, diversity means far more than being an equal opportunity employer. Of course, establishing policies and creating an environment that welcome all types of people into the company is a high priority. But we are also, more broadly, defined by diversity: we serve patients in more than 100 countries worldwide with a wide range of medical needs. Thus it's critical to our business objectives that our employees can understand and address the varying health care and cultural needs of our many patient populations.
Genzyme believes that attracting and developing employees – and working with external partners – that represent the diversity of our patients, strengthens our organization and our competitive position. By tapping into the unique talents of a varied pool of individuals, we can foster the kind of collaboration and innovation that yield truly exceptional work.
Making Our Vision a Reality
How does Genzyme achieve our vision of a diverse business and culture? By integrating inclusive values and policies into all aspects of our daily operations. This approach is not limited to employment practices: we have a supplier diversity program to promote business relationships with quality-driven minority-owned vendors, and we actively seek out other kinds of business partners who align with Genzyme's mission. We also encourage employees to experience and participate in the diversity of their surrounding communities through a variety of volunteering and community relations programs.
Recruitment and Hiring Practices
Our inclusive recruiting strategy aims to source, attract, and promote high-performing talent from a broad range of people who share our values. Our ultimate goal is to identify the best individuals for every role, deliberately pursuing candidates who offer qualities that complement and expand on our existing strengths. To this end, recruiting tactics include:
- Posting job openings in print and online resources targeted at specific groups
- Encouraging and pursuing employee referrals
- Sponsoring or attending career fairs, networking events, and other opportunities to meet with qualified candidates
Our efforts do not end with recruiting and hiring. Genzyme is committed to fostering respectful, inclusive attitudes and promoting employee development at all our offices and facilities. Leaders at all levels of the company encourage a richness of ideas and approaches, soliciting different points of view so that all staff can contribute to business outcomes.
The values of diversity and inclusion are also a core element of our leadership and organizational development practices. We offer educational programs and resources on a range of topics, such as:
- Sustaining a culture of inclusion: driving business results
- Leadership development through professional associations
- Maximizing business results within a multi-generational workplace
- Cross-cultural awareness and communication strategies
- Insights: Collaborating across different work styles to increase performance and productivity
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I have been working at Genzyme as an intern (less than an year)Pros
Enjoyed my time working with Genzyme. The employees are very friendly and focused on their tasks with a commitment to the research for medical conditions that are far from peoples minds.Cons
I had not worked there long enough to pick up any cons, although at the time I was working there, a takeover by Sanofi saw many high level employees leave.Recommends
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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Genzyme in September 2014.Interview Details
Received email from hiring mgr bout setting up phone screen 1st thing in the morning. I accomodated her request & her following request to meet f2f (again 1st thing in the morning) at a location that typically takes an hour without traffic (in this case took me over an hour each way). She had told me ahead of time that it would be really informal in a coffee shop. This was not the case! Your typical STAR/situational/behavior-based interview. Thought it went ok, as she seemed to bring up examples of how her background was very similar (i.e. reason for making a change). Went above & beyond w/ ty email, mailed hand-written ty note, & put together a couple of PP presentations (including an action plan). Only response I received was almost a month later - a one liner saying they were proceeding w/ other candidates. Offer would have been contingent on them receiving FDA clearance on Lemtrada & there were supposedly 4 openings in my area. Seemed as if she was looking for someone who already had relationships in MS market. However, it seems as if companies like this no longer honor non-competes and/or don't want to train reps.Interview Questions
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At Genzyme, the patient is at the heart of everything we do. As part of the Sanofi Group, we commit to providing transformative therapies for patients with rare and unmet medical needs around the world. With your passion and skills, we will achieve our ambition.