Genzyme Pharmaceuticals

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  1.  

    Very interesting work, terrific people, recognition at some levels for job well done.

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Allston, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Allston, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The variety of projects has been great; there is so much to learn, it's an enriching environment.

    Cons

    Middle management getting squeezed way too hard, a lot of fine people have left, not sure where this will leave a lot of us who work under that level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give managers the resources they need to do a great job; don't pull them in so many different directions, so they can mentor their people and thereby make everyone more productive and boost morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    They were quite disorganized. It was a time of upheaval and stress where many people were shown the door at this time.

    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Genzyme Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    There is nothing great that I can say about this organization.

    Cons

    There computer systems was from the early 2000's. Also there were too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

  3.  

    It Could Still be a Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salaries and respect of employees' time. Excellent 401k, with company matching 1.5x up to 9%, I believe it is.

    Cons

    Employees are not recognized proportionally for their merits. Advancement is largely based on networking and "buttering up." Recognition for merits requires going far above and beyond, and even then there is no guarantee it will matter come review time. Raises are meager.

    There's a good amount of talking about one another that goes on. It sometimes feels a bit like high school all over again. This place seems to have an ego problem... everyone thinks they're the bee's knees and has to constantly validate that belief.

    Unfortunately, I've heard it's not the company it used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so charmed by that pair of lips on your rump. Some of the best employees, with some of the best ideas, are those who come here every day, quietly do their work, and go home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Used to be a great company

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    Former Employee - Director Medical Affairs in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Director Medical Affairs in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Genzyme Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Genzyme used to reward its employees for both performance and loyalty. The people were encouraged to be creative, innovative and entrepreneurial. Leadership under Sanofi has had a huge negative effect on these values, and instead focuses on process and rigidity.

    Cons

    Genzyme is no longer loyal or friendly to its employees, holding them to Draconian noncompete and non disclosure agreements, and suing anyone who dares to leave to pursue other opportunities. No other Cambridge-based biotech company enforces these agreements with so much aggression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put patients and your employees first and the profits will come. Putting profits first will ensure that Sanofi/Genzyme will fail as Sanofi was prior to the acquisition.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    Great science, innovative marketing, changes to come with Sanofi acquisition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme Pharmaceuticals (more than a year)

    Pros

    Really smart and enthusiastic people in the research areas. Great diversity of scientific interests and great success in developing treatments for important rare diseases.

    Cons

    A lot of politics in the business areas and upper management. Capitalism [high price of treatments], regulations, and rigor of the biopharmaceutical industry make the work complex and require patience to see long-term results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully, Sanofi will preserve the assets that make/made Genzyme such a successful company. Keep the connections with academic science, and with patient populations and recognize that these will have long-term positive effects for the company - satisfaction and retention of work force and high quality research - even though it requires higher expenditures in the short run.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Cutting edge biopharma company with great products and pipeline

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    High energy, great people. Great perks and benefits.

    Cons

    Too much upheaval and change to ever get things done effectively

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with all of the change! Let people work the strategy!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  8.  

    Ok job Good benefits and compensation

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    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation. Work/life balance is ok

    Cons

    Poor middle and upper management. Lack of communication between departments, employees and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fill holes in management and communicate more with other departments and employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    review

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Representative in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Representative in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at Genzyme Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, associates strategic plan.

    Cons

    Corporate managers tend to be micromanagers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  10.  

    Negative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The company was fantastic prior to being sold... Now it is unworkable.

    Cons

    Sanofi clearly has no idea what they are doing or where they are headed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
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