Alnylam Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Alnylam CEO and Director John M. Maraganore
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  1. Currently dedicated and satisfied

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic company working to revolutionize therapeutics for human health that constantly works to improve the environment for each of its employees. The task was not small when Alnylam opened its doors as creating an entirely new class of therapeutics is an epic battle with many phases: publication featuring the hot new technology, enter big pharma, exit big pharma as they can’t spend the time or effort required for a new science (although many continued working on the technology internally); consistent scientific work perseveres; clinical data give proof of concept for the technology; those that doubt circle back. It is common story, one the antibody field knows well. The scientific focus is on any disease that fits the criteria of benefiting a patient population in medical need including orphan diseases. They encourage employees to give back to the community by reaching out to advocates for various patient populations, encouraging employee participation in fundraisers for various diseases, and participate in programs getting kids involved in science. They are committed to doing their best to advocate for employees to move forward with their career path. They encourage innovation while putting the focus necessary on programs needed for the company to successfully prove the technology and execute what is required for a company to develop products that reach those that are suffering. Those that have no other medical options. The people are great and the scientific publication rate is high. The most important factor: the comment from collaborators an those at conferences is that “ you can always reproduce the data in Alnylam publications.” As a scientist, what is more important than producing sound scientific results. The ability of the company to successfully collaborate with 99.9% of investigators and companies worldwide speaks to their ability to produce sound science and play well with others. They keep benefits and salaries competitive as well as looking outside the box for ideas to encourage employee happiness. The understand it is important to have a work life balance.

    Cons

    Perfection or to be completely free from fault is inhuman. In regards to employees moving on the career path, well, there are always obstacles that some encounter due to the nature of the program, others avoid due to their assignment, or due to the supervisor's ability or capability. It is on the company radar and they do their best to help every employee achieve their personal goals and improve on their weaknesses. They do their best to train those new to supervisory type roles and incorporate seminars especially for leadership team to maximize their leadership skills. They believe in innovation and constant improvement which puts them on the path to moving the company up on the list ranking the best companies to work for. There are still areas for improvement which is true for any company, even Google. The HR door is always open if needed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the innovation...


  2. Helpful (1)

    Alnylam

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alnylam

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work culture and environment

    Cons

    Small company with small risk due to no approved products


  3. Helpful (2)

    Dynamic fast-paced environment, aggressively prosecuting a novel therapeutic technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Alnylam

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong scientific rigor, very dynamic environment, compelling new technology, good fiscal management, heavily matrixed organization that demands good team play and collaboration

    Cons

    ALNY is aggressively seeking clinical POC for the RNAi therapeutic platform. The intense race toward clinical results often means that research around better understanding the fundamentals of the technology are deprioritized. Target selection also feels rushed and premature at times.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overlook mechanistic research around targets and delivery systems as this provides a strong foundation for problem solving later in clinical development.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Loved the people!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Alnylam full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I absolutely loved my group! The culture there was awesome! My group was like my second family. I will miss them.

    Cons

    We went through two restructurings with no warning...need I say more?

    Advice to Management

    Share with the employees more of what is going on with the big picture.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Alnylam full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Employees are treated well. Very well compensated and flexible hours. Never micromanaged!

    Cons

    Nothing I can think off!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! I wish to join this company again!


  7. Helpful (1)

    GREAT WORK ENVIROMENT

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    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Alnylam full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    learning opportunities, good culture, smaller company

    Cons

    Management, Lack of accountability


  8. Helpful (2)

    more open in the start up years

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Alnylam full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    really great science, a lot of good people working there and despite some typical for the industry stumbles they have built quite an impressive track record. Some of the micro-cultures are really great

    Cons

    the place is pretty vertically organized for a company of that size, like all public companies there is a high degree of confidentiality around some issues and some of the micro-cultures are really cut throat

    Advice to Management

    The bell curve for merit increases can do more harm that good a hyper competitive environment is not helpful or innovation or morale.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Not the best place I've worked, but not the worst.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alnylam full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation was good and liked my colleagues a great deal. It was a fast paced environment which could be attractive to some. The tuition reimbursement was a definite plus.

    Cons

    The fast paced environment leads to costly mistakes and stress that are not needed and completely preventable. Publicly traded biotech is unstable and Alnylam is not immune. Supposedly management cut deep during the first layoffs (2010) so they would not have to repeat anytime soon. Then in early 2012, another 33% of the workforce was cut. The vesting schedule on stock options was not helpful. Work/Life balance was becoming questionable when I left.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down


  10. Helpful (3)

    Politics, Politics, Politics....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Alnylam full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, friendly, and hard working colleagues in R & D, IT, IP, and Facilities.

    Cons

    However, the rest of the company (and some of the more senior staff in the above departments) is all about politics and playing "the game." Also, if one has made any mistakes/missteps they hold on to that information and then bring it up in the annual reviews, instead of addressing the issues in a timely fashion and allowing one to learn and grow, or they hold on to the information in order to fire a staff member. In addition, upper management expects the staff to be in the office/lab as late as they are, not taking into account that some of the staff come in early and some late based on the arrangement they have with their boss (the middle management). Complete lack of work/life balance. Also, only management (i.e. those who have doors) receive yearly bonuses, no one else! Extremely elitist and hierarchical.

    Advice to Management

    Management should truly look to see who is doing the actual work, not just spinning it for their approval...


  11. Helpful (1)

    contractor

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Alnylam (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Promising future - good product and some very good people. Location is good too.

    Cons

    Horrible management - mean to employees - toxic



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