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. Genzyme: Excellent Company

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    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
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  5. Great place to work, learn and develop

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Management cares about the employees and puts a lot of energy into ensuring both growth and job satisfaction. Benefits were beyond great.

    Cons

    Really challenging IT protocols almost to the point it disrupts the ability to get work done. Change is very slow as there are multiple levels to go through for review/approval.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure communication remains good and your teams will continue to support you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Genzyme was a great place to work -- very entrepreneurial, open culture. Good compensation and benefits too.

    Cons

    A very matrixed environment, which could present challenges.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great environment

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Genzyme as a contractor

    Pros

    State of the art facility, professional setting - the corporate office has a positive/energetic buzz to it, impressed with the quality of all employees I've encountered, compensation is very competitive.

    Cons

    The company seems to be contracting out a lot of its work, which leads to less training, company support and personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and retain full time employees. The company is great to work for, but the element of being part of the team (part of the company) is greatly reduced when you're a contractor because you are always looking down the line knowing that you'll be job searching again soon.

    Recommends
  8. Research Assistant Intern

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    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Framingham, MA
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great summer internship program, other employees are very willing to help out and teach the interns, a lot of growth opportunities

    Cons

    The lab space was very small and cramped, they should put more money into bigger and better lab areas for the employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. It was a pleasure working for this company

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    The people that I worked with were very knowledgeable and great to get along with.

    Cons

    I don't think that I can say anything bad about this company.

  10. Very good

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    Former Intern - Intern in Waltham, MA
    Former Intern - Intern in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great scientists, and the work is really exciting

    Cons

    Genzyme and Sanofi still function as 2 different companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should value scientists more...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company to work for since sanofi took over

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Great Benefits, 401K match of 150% up to 6%

    Cons

    organizational problems with transition to Sanofi model

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change is necessary for survival

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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