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  1.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    At least the area I was in, great team and management.

    Cons

    Company seems to be stuck in a past decade with some archaic policies and work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to work, learn and develop

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 9 people found this helpful  

    Most despised company in Boston biotech

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were very good. One hundred fifty (150) percent match on 401(k), but you have to stay 2 years. Easy commute to Framingham - right off the Mass Pike.

    Cons

    Glassdoor is asking me, "What are some of the challenges of working here?" I don't know where to start.

    I've been gone over a year and have met many former Genzyme employees and they all say the same thing,,,they hated the place. Completely overworked, no Human Resources Department, broken systems (takes three hours for a 20 minute task), grossly inexperienced management, employee training of very poor quality (read poorly written procedures and take exams with incorrect answers), unrealistic goals and objectives based on resources available, etc. Forget employee development and retention.

    A totally bad attitude permeated the place. I learned quickly that "failure is not an option." Mike Dukakis said that the "fish rots from the head down" and it sure does at Genzyme. Vendors commonly do not get paid for three months or more. Projects get modified by Genzyme management but then they won't extend the schedule, so 16-18 hour days become common. I recently heard that some Allston departments are working seven days a week, 12 hours a day. For what? Is the objective that critical? Must be, because metrics were universally important.

    Genzyme's culture is probably something like a car dealership. Employees are considered non-returning customers, so who cares how they are treated.

    One thing - Genzyme is probably very good for an entry-level or hourly employee. You do your job (or learn your job), then check out after 40 hours or pull down some overtime.

    Finally, I wonder if some of these "good" reviews are shills...put up here by Genzyme management to (artificially) promote the "Genzyme image."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's pay me now or pay me later. Explain the turnover. It's your employees who will carry you into the next decade. You have no pipeline and better, cheaper therapeutics are coming from your competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good Company but it seems that the golden days are mostly behind

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Opportunities to learn. Lots of small perks that could be good if management would use them to show appreciation for the hard work. Upper management is trying to fix issues but that doesn't trickle down to all levels.

    Cons

    It is expected to work long hours thus no work life balance. Management will not help with career development. Office politics are prevalent and can determine one's career. Training takes a long time which makes it very difficult to get new personnel onboard quick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people on the floor and make changes quick. All the good employees are leaving and leaving a lot of not so good ones behind. Makes it very hard to get the job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Living on past glory

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

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    See future case studies as they are unfolding

    Cons

    Toxic environment, rubric by which upward mobility is assessed is highly unclear, nepotism is a massive problem

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Genzyme grew from 10,000 to 110,000 employees during the Sanofi acquisition making the company too disorganized.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Job stability, time off, involved in multiple projects and new projects down the line.

    Cons

    Poor communication, upper management not aware of workflow and challenges of daily activities, spend too much time collecting metrics and less on science and too many new applications without proper training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees comments during surveys; we have lost too many experienced employees if management just acted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great workplace, awesome manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time

    Pros

    Great benefit program, career growth opportunties

    Cons

    Compensations, Promotions could be given more regularly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Awful Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There aren't many to think of. There are some great people to work with and I made some long lasting friends during my time there.

    Cons

    Allston is completely mismanaged and is prime for a business case study on how not to run a company. Their turnover YTD is over 30% and it has been entirely voluntary. Promotions are very rare and they are planning to reduce the size of the plant from approximately 650 to 400 employees over the next few years through letting people leave without replacing them. After leaving this company, I was able to get a 22% pay increase. They pay far below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be replaced. Having senior management there that were big reasons why Genzyme is under a consent decree is unbelievable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - QC Analyst I in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - QC Analyst I in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits aren't bad. People are good to work with depending on department. Good way to get experience but not a company that appreciates employees.

    Cons

    Management is awful. Lack of experience clearly shows. Can't retain employees and high turn around rate. extremely low moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's all about the bottom line period.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Genzyme is still a decent company. The compensation is still good although there have been changes in the past 2 years or so and it is becoming more difficult to make full bonus. Work-life balance is still good. The acquisition by Sanofi has been challenging and their influence is being felt more and more.

    Cons

    Senior Management is overly focused on metrics, many of which are not meaningful, The introduction of the daily time card has contributed to this issue. The acquisition of Genzyme by Sanofi over 3 years ago has not been as positive as Sanofi would have employees at Genzyme believe. Many of the legacy Genzyme employees have left the company to pursue other start up opportunities or to retire. A tremendous amount of talent, knowledge and expertise went with those employees who left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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