Genzyme Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance: You can work from home almost anytime you want (in 14 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a LEED building (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 is overly focused on metrics (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture for scientists to focus on research and science, and develop novel drugs for patients.

    Cons

    Since the merger with Sanofi, the good culture is being diluted.

    Advice to Management

    Please reserve Genzyme's culture.


  2. Great Company to work for! Excellent perks!

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    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work with some of the most dedicated individuals who love helping patients. Its really a great group of people. Lots of travel and travel perks.

    Cons

    The travel can be a bit much but I can coordinate my own schedule. Lot of flexibility!


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Large company with several areas to explore growth
    Good Benefits
    Good Time off

    Cons

    Poor work life balance
    Weekend work sometimes mandatory in addition to weekly 40 hour work week
    Fast paced site with lots of stress


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Genzyme research associate review. Overall good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has great benefits and decent pay. Also has a great culture and many people stay most of their career at Genzyme, so great retention

    Cons

    Pay isn't terrific, it got a bit more corporate, less entrepreneurial after Sanofi bought out Genzyme. Getting promoted takes a while as well.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees breathing room to do their best work. Over-managing, even with Sanofi's policies, doesn't allow employees to do their best work


  6. Director of Field Operations, U.S, RARE diseases

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    Current Employee - Director of Sales Operations in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Sales Operations in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous vacation time especially for employees who have been with company for a long time.

    Cons

    No employee stock purchase plan


  7. Past Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and good people.

    Cons

    bad moral and upper management.


  8. Principal Scientist

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, generously matched 401k plan, friendly management, nice facilities, good budget, family friendly, good commute, good location, free parking,

    Cons

    After Sanofi acquisition some job insecurity, lay offs, no more stock purchase plan, frequently changing priorities and projects, shrinking discovery research,


  9. Helpful (3)

    Better Than Some, Much Room to Improve

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package, including vision and dental. Generous vacation time - sick time, personal time, floating holidays and vacation time all separate - that is, not one lumped-together PTO account.

    If you make good connections with people within the company it can take you a long way. If you figure out the "game" and play by it, you can really become somebody here.

    Cons

    Flipside of the networking "game" is the Good 'Ol Boys mentality. Promotions and raises are more based on kissing up and getting your name out than on merit and accomplishment. Management propels those who buy into this.

    Sanofi takeover has resulted in a more bureaucratic structure, and it's difficult to get anything important done. Making the numbers look good seems to be more important than actually addressing important issues, like safety concerns and adequate training - although there have been improvements in those areas.

    Another problem with the Sanofi ownership is that despite Genzyme producing excellent revenue recently, those profits are funneled up to the struggling Sanofi, leaving employees with meager returns.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your talent and empower the grassroots. Improve the performance and recognition system; stop giving reviews by grading on a curve - it makes good employees appear average, and disincentivizes individuals. Why perform above and beyond when the recognition ends up equivalent with those just drifting by?


  10. Helpful (1)

    Anyonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company had a great culture and really great sales people. Products treated underserved Orphan diseases.

    Cons

    Sanofi buy-out ruined the culture. As time went on, Genzyme became less Genzyme and more big Pharma

    Advice to Management

    Go back to what made Genzyme such a great place to work


  11. Network Engineer Consultant

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer Consultant in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer Consultant in Quincy, MA

    I worked at Genzyme (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team environment, knowledgeable staff, organized documentation, current technology

    Cons

    Went down hill after bought by Sanofi. Upper management needs to treat employees with professional courtesy and respect. As a result employees migrated away from company like sinking ship.



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