Alnylam Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
7 Reviews

3.6
7 Reviews
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Alnylam CEO and Director John M. Maraganore
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  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 for less than a year

    Pros

    learning opportunities, good culture, smaller company

    Cons

    Management, Lack of accountability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Consultant Scientist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Alnylam full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Nothing I can think off!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Summer

    Current Employee - Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Alnylam as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay was great for a summer internship. Plenty of additional perks

    Cons

    I can't say I had enough exposure during my summer to judge the downsides

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Slow down

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

    Politics, Politics, Politics....

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

    I worked at Alnylam full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loved the people!

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Alnylam full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO

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