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Genzyme Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
212 Reviews
3.3
212 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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    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
  2.  

    Great workplace, awesome manager

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    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
  3.  

    Great Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are great. Awesome work-life balance. The benefits are amazing compared to other industries/companies. The perks are really great.

    Cons

    Less organization than I thought, lack of documentation, still to see what it feels like to be under the gun.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Awful Place to Work

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent company

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    Current Employee - QC Analyst I in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - 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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's all about the bottom line period.

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

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

    I have been working at Genzyme as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time working with Genzyme. The employees are very friendly and focused on their tasks with a commitment to the research for medical conditions that are far from peoples minds.

    Cons

    I had not worked there long enough to pick up any cons, although at the time I was working there, a takeover by Sanofi saw many high level employees leave.

    Recommends
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mfg. Associate

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    Former Employee - Mfg Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Mfg Associate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good people to work individually with other than supervisors
    Good pay
    Good benifets
    Lots of overtime available since they can't retain anyone

    Cons

    Hi turnover. They can't keep anyone
    Management will throw anyone under the bus to hold onto power
    High level of nepotism qualified personal passed over and jobs given to lower level relatives over more qualified personal
    Whas brought on to help fix an issue,issue resolved managers took all of the credit from my recommendations

    I spent a year in Iraq getting bombed and shot at. I'd rather go back there than to go back to Genzyme. Everyone that I have ever encountered leaves once they find a new job except for the green card holders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your subordinates not against them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Customer Care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    good learning opportunity and first job experience

    Cons

    No room for growth. Low raises ad bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more incentive

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