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Updated March 6, 2015
Updated March 6, 2015
218 Reviews
3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance: You can work from home almost anytime you want (in 14 reviews)

  • Genzyme pays good hourly wages and offers a great benefits package (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • The acquisition by Sanofi has started to change the culture to one more akin to big pharma (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management not clearly focused on improving operations (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great overall learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    An excellent development opportunity and lots of room for growth. The company has a very intriguing pipeline and upper management is very supportive to employees.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of red tape that you have to go through when trying to complete a task. Additionally, the Sanofi/Genzyme transition is still occurring, making it difficult sometimes to identify which process or program to use.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater transparency from the Sanofi upper management would be great. The IT services are not as useful as one would hope.

  2.  

    Great company until Sanofi purchased it and then the culture changed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Area Director in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great product, small niche markets, unique products and great culture before Sanofi took over.

    Cons

    Sanofi turning a medical/surgical company into one that was run with a Pharma mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, keep your top talent and rebuild the culture.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ups & downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fairly people-centric culture, flexible hours

    Cons

    Everything is a priority, extremely weak management, vague performance review, very general goal setting, ridiculous parking situation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start managing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    It was ok.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    Lots to learn. Fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Lots of turmoil during this time due to Sanofi takeover.

  6.  

    It was a quick tumble down from one of the best places to work, to a bureaucratic creativity killer.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    Benefits are the only thing that remains as a plus. 401K match is superb, vacation time is generous and salary is on par. Health benefits are reasonable, but costs have significantly gone up. This, however is occurring everywhere.

    Cons

    Since the Sanofi took over the culture of Genzyme has disappeared. Genzyme used to be a place of great collaboration and creative thinking, alas that is all but gone. There are pockets left, but most of the best and brightest have found new homes. Sanofi destroyed this emerald of biotech. Data generated in research, poorly over seen and much of it may be over interpreted or wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I thing it say quite a bit about management when the CSO leaves abruptly and the CEO is forced out because he was not "French" enough. Bold statements I know, but the evidence is strong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Disappointed - Customer Operations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Flexible, work from home sometimes. Pay and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Mindless work that needs to be done for stupid inefficient reasons. Have been here a couple of months and little to no integration with the "team". Responsibilities are menial at best. Little to no interaction with anyone. Processes not documented and clumsy. Have yet to see any accountability or follow up for anything. Embarrassing dealing with vendors for non-payment or non-action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify expectations and responsibilities, reporting structures. Increase the interaction between teams and transparency of processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Highly demanding work environment that although can appear to be thankless is extremely rewording.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Allston, MA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Allston, MA

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

    Pros

    share in the production of a life saving drug
    many opportunities

    Cons

    continuously working towards impossible schedules with not enough resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize site goals to allow for better allocation of resources so projects can be executed with better quality, less cost and on time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Genzyme: Excellent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Excellent company and strong commitment to patients.

    Cons

    None. I am very satisfied

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    - Competitive salary
    - Work life balance
    - Free food
    - Nice location

    Cons

    - No responsibilities given
    - Little to no tasks given during the day
    - No integration within the team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people...except for the ones that steer the ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Benefits,pay, some feeling of accomplishment, people,

    Cons

    People who steer the ship!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sorry you should all be out!...well not all but the majority!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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