Genzyme Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
187 Reviews
3.3
187 Reviews
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Genzyme CEO Christopher A. Viehbacher
Christopher A. Viehbacher
50 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pace allows for strong work/life balance and flexibility to often work remote as needed (in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits - generous 401K match, PTO, annual bonus, and transit subsidies (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management is overly focused on metrics (in 10 reviews)

  • years, management promoted based on years of service rather than merit, terrible work/life balance, stagnant career growth since Sanofi acquisition (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people. True spirits committed to helping patients.

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    Former Employee - Associate Quality Engineer  in  Allston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Quality Engineer in Allston, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Truly a great company that is committed to helping patients; giving them hope, when there was little hope before.

    Cons

    The acquisition by Sanofi has started to change the culture to one more akin to big Pharma.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Young, successful biopharma firm acquired by Sanofi

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Genzyme as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Boston location. Plenty of opportunity to improve the operation.

    Cons

    Senior management not clearly focused on improving operations. Undisciplined engineering practices at some locations. Unsustainable product pricing model for long-term success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investing in engineering development--specifically turnover from research to -manufacturing--could yield order-of-magnitude improvements in fixed asset throughput.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great, growing company if you're connected and don't mind corporate politics.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits/401K/PTO
    - Robust pipeline
    - Seeing our therapies are changing lives
    - Associates are very dedicated to the patients/cause

    Cons

    - Overly bureaucratic
    - Too many unproductive meetings
    - Few opportunities for advancement - favoritism by Management is rampant
    - Distinct "cliques"
    - Terrible raises
    - Low morale - no one ever seems happy
    - HR dept is ineffective at best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the wealth of fresh talent to add to the management team. Same legacy Genzymers keep being promoted while their favorites ride their coat tails. Improve HR dept so that employees feel that if they reach out for help, it will be confidentially addressed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent Co-op program for graduate students!

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

    I worked at Genzyme as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good working environment in both labs and office cubes, interesting projects, nice people!

    Cons

    Career development is slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pros: 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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    Cons

    Cons: 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Keep Changing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    Good pay, good working environment, the cafeteria with an overlook of Charles river is nice, location is good too, keep changing for good,

    Cons

    Although the town hall meetings are good, lack of next level of communication.
    Although keep changing in a right direction is good, employee get confused when the lower level of communication is absent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that the middle level of management communicate more often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Research Associate

    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate  in  Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good mid-level management. Competitive industry compensation.

    Cons

    Very low ceiling for mid-level associates.

  9.  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart, talented group of people

    Cons

    High turnover, very complicated systems and policies. Very big company that requires multiple input to complete tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee satisfaction

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lacking true leadership

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take control, or get out of the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Best review ever

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    Current Employee - Principal Research Associate  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Research Associate in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    paycheck, good 401K, time off, noble mission

    Cons

    procurement woes, health insurance, lack of carrer advancement structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on managing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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