Genzyme
3.3 of 5 169 reviews
www.genzyme.com Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Genzyme Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.3 169 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Genzyme CEO Christopher A. Viehbacher

Christopher A. Viehbacher

(45 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Pace allows for strong work/life balance and flexibility to often work remote as needed"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Good resources, Great benefits and a great company culture"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior Management is overly focused on metrics"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Big pharma atmosphere makes it easy for everyone to pass the buck and no one takes accountability for anything"
    in 5 reviews
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    Good company, good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPros: work-life balance, bonus structure, dedicated staff and great projects to work on
    - High potential for career growth and development, you may just have to seek it out yourself depending on your manager
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    ConsCons: There is a sense that there is too much focus on cutting back on staffing
    -sometimes unclear decision making throughout the ranks lead to issues
    - some business practices are efficient, while others are burdened by bureaucracy/ wasted resources
    -Constant changes to SOP's and training department, often multiple people will say to fill out different SOP's for the completing the same training task, leading to confusion and extra paperwork.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great if you can ignore the Corporate BS

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits - generous 401K match, PTO, annual bonus, and transit subsidies. Health premiums are affordable and based on pay and family size. In the office environment work hours are flexible and you have the ability to work from home part of week either regularly or on occasion as needed. Colleagues are dedicated, care about the work they do, and support each other, great team atmosphere. The work on my project is challenging, and I am never bored. The office space is pleasant, even in the cube farm. Overall the pros outweigh the BS in the cons section. Seriously, I love my job and working here despite the things in the "Cons" section. My team is great, the benefits are great, and I love the work I do, and that counts for a lot even when I can't give many stars on some of the individual ratings.

    ConsRaises were cut drastically and do not keep pace with the rise in COL. My co-workers refer to them as "pay cuts" for this reason. There is now more use of contractors rather than giving great workers perm jobs. My team is down to 2 employees, both hired prior to integration. All other positions have been lost or converted into contractor positions as they were vacated by regular employees. My division needs a long term stable team, not temporary workers. The inability to hire regular employees has left us dealing with turnover and difficulty in attracting people with the experience and skills we need. We are often short on resources, and unable to keep up with the workload, seem to be in a constant training mode. Once we have someone up to speed, they either leave for a regular position elsewhere or a more lucrative contract. That's the nature of using contractors. This is totally appropriate for some work, but not in my division and it is costing the company piles of money in lost productivity and lost talent.

    As other people have mentioned communication leaves a lot of be desired, especially around changes and moves. Some decisions seem to be nonsensical from any possible perspective (removing all plastic ware, plates, napkins, and milk/cream service from the kitchenettes to "save money" but then replacing all of the water coolers with even fancier models WTH?) We face constant budget cuts and had a hiring freeze, but apparently we can now enjoy corporate jet service at a premium cost for commuting between Boston and NJ and we needed fancy big monitors on every floor rotating messages too fast too be able to read. It's entirely possible one morning you will boot up your computer and not be able to access programs you need to do your work. IT support (or lack there-of) will make you want to cry into your keyboard. Critical issues can be left for a month or longer and need to be escalated by upper management to get any kind of response, even when employees are literally unable to work until the issue is fixed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove communication and re-examine some of these business decisions that are likely actually costing money rather than saving it. Stop making IT and accounting decisions in a vacuum that end up having critical impact on employee's ability to get work done. Rethink all using outsourcing and contractors where it's clearly not beneficial. If you want to compete with Google for talent, you first need to make jobs available, period. You can't attract the superstars when you refuse to offer them regular jobs in the first place.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lacking true leadership

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Framingham, MA

    ProsSome good people, some good scientific knowledge, people very dedicated to the company

    ConsLack of leadership, long hours/little work-life balance (many of the "in" people practically live there), very political environment, little recognition/appreciation, poor control of management processes

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake control, or get out of the way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best review ever

    Principal Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Framingham, MA

    Prospaycheck, good 401K, time off, noble mission

    Consprocurement woes, health insurance, lack of carrer advancement structure

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep on managing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fairly typical for a big company

    Compliance Specialist QA (Current Employee)
    Framingham, MA

    ProsBenefits are not bad, nice campus

    ConsTop-heavy beaurocracy, extremely silo-ed culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Benefits, Loss of Genzyme identity

    Validation Expert (Former Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    Pros- Great Benefits and Flexible work environment
    - Good work/Life balance

    Cons- Loss of Genzyme identity since Sanofi took over, lack of consistent communication and policies/procedures across sites.
    - Too many spreadsheets and matrices
    - Role changes every month.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on work not matrices.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great company to work for.

    Principal Analytical Development Associate (Former Employee)
    Framingham, MA

    ProsGood resources, Great benefits and a great company culture. They "transplanted workers for 6 months rather than lay them off and rehire. I respect that.

    ConsConvoluted communication systems, scattered campus sites.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ridiculously unprofessional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits and a LEED building

    ConsEverything else; training department was understaffed

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to engage your audience

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    Overly Conservative, Overly Bureaucratic

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Allston, MA

    ProsGreat Benefits and great people

    ConsToo much red tape. Too much waste

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a better understanding of the unintended consequences before making decisions that overpromise and underdeliver.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great benefits, work/life balance.

    Stability Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsVacation time at hire date, affordable healthcare, excellent emphasis on work/life balance.

    ConsRedundancy of paperwork, lack of communication between departments, lengthy training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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