Genzyme Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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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. I held a very responsible job managing a national sales force and Genzyme was wonderful to work for, great people.

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    Former Employee - National Sales Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - National Sales Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, challenging, lots of one on one situations and promoted within.

    Cons

    I moved, so had to leave the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key to going forward in any job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Great patient oriented company with exciting research opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Friendly environment with people that love what they are doing

    Cons

    Study leaders do not always know everything about the disease. I think it would be more valuable if the employees had to know the background of the disease to run a study.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ever lose focus of the patient.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Very much silos. Not a lot of collaboration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Exciting work, great benefits, some outstanding employees

    Cons

    Harvard elitism
    Cumbersome bureaucracy
    Interdepartmental infighting
    Very cambridge-centric focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that it's about performance and capability, not where you went to school

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. People are great and the company offers good benefits.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. People have a good understanding of their job at hand. Good commitment to their patient and their products.

    Cons

    Compensation is not great. Promotions are difficult or few within a group. Not enough resources due to frozen positions. They do not offer stock options.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Great company until Sanofi purchased it and then the culture changed.

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    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Experience varies from manager to manager, and from Site to Site.

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Allston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Allston, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Global opportunities. Large drug pipeline so company is solid.

    Cons

    constant budget cuts affect your bonuses and annual increases. 2 years ago, pay raise was 2% and was considered low. This year, it was 1.5%. Many positions are not being back-filled to prepare for funding the pipeline of drugs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop over working and under rewarding the little guys. Get rid of people that are not change agents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great overall learning experience

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    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.

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    An energetic and productive company that became of victim of acquisition by Sanofi

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    Current Employee - Staff I Scientist in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Staff I Scientist in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Superior benefits:150% match on 6% contributions to 401K, very generous vacation package, environmentally conscious, new clean lab space, salaries aligned with other big pharma, on site Occupational Health building, good bonuses. The people who work there are top notch and the main reason I have stayed there 15 years.

    Cons

    The tendrils of the big pharma bureaucracy by Sanofi has undermined the culture of Genzyme, salary increases are meager (<2%), reduction in work force without replacements. A recent confusing layoff let go several very talented and people with purported influx of contracted staff as future replacements. The future of R&D has not been communicated leaving the staff feeling vulnerable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management has had their hands tied and must take direction from Sanofi. The head of R&D left in December 2014 after 20 years at Genzyme, while others retired. I appreciate the management team, but their influence has been weakened.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    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.

  11. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    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

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