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Genzyme Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
204 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

    fair enough for new entry level

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

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    fair enough as entry level. time off policies is depended on supervisors

    Cons

    very limited personal growth and dissatisfied with leadership teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vision employees as individual value but not only focus on the group profit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Genzyme Framingham

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    Current Employee - Quality Control Manager in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Quality Control Manager in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

    There are small pockets of excellent people that are truly focused on doing what's right. The science is excellent and is the major attraction that keeps people.

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing.. political environment.. poor leadership.. high turnover.. low pay.. It's the kind of place where you go to get experience and then move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the senior leadership team under a magnifying glass and look at them objectively. You may be very surprised at what you discover. Peal back the political layer. Look at the redundancy in the management structure. There's some obvious reasons why the turnover is so high. Hold the management staff and SLT accountable for all the business results, not just a handful of metrics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill since corporate buy-out

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Excellent benefits: Generous time off, 401k match, medical, company discounts, bonus structure, etc.
    - Work/life balance: You can work from home almost anytime you want. 7-8 hours in the office is a typical work day, even for managers. Flexible schedules. Very laid back.

    Cons

    - Awful raises, regardless of performance.
    - Promotions are based solely upon seniority and office politics. It doesn't matter how good you are at your job or how hard you work....if an incompetent person has seniority over you or is "connected", they will get the promotion. This is rampant throughout the entire organization.
    - Endless layers of useless management.
    - Silo'd environment. Nobody knows what other groups are working on, or what their business processes are.
    - No Career development opportunities. You perform a small set of tasks with no chance to learn anything new. This is Sanofi's business model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Create more career development opportunities for employees.
    - Remove the multiple layers of useless managers and spend that money on raises for hard working employees.
    - Promote the people who actually deserve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top heavy culture brings down the organization as a whole.

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    Former Employee - Quality
    Former Employee - Quality

    I worked at Genzyme full-time

    Pros

    Since the Sanofi acquisition the culture, the tools, and the benefits are now headed towards outstanding. No doubt this was the worst part about leaving, the potential for a great company to grow with.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, this growth is a process and during that time it can be messy. At Ridgefield the facility is very top heavy; the politics is thick, and wouldn't be so much of an issue if the people below didn't suffer as a consequence. Every year we did better, and every year we had to save money so raises were skimpy; yet the "teacher's pets" received substantial bonuses and promotional opportunities (public knowledge because of the politics). Often those that developed within the facility are those who posed little to no threat to upper management. Understandable but to maintain progress the burden falls into the laps of the lower level employees with little to no recognition, because those in supervisory or new management positions lacked the skills needed to perform the job well.

    There is a striking shift in values due to the Sanofi acquisition and there seems to be tension from upper management. Accountability seems to have reappeared in their realm, and they are nervous. In a few years, if Sanofi does what they should to ensure consistent progress and growth (of both the company and employees), this will be a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition is lacking. Paying below market salaries and leveraging politics to ensure your personal bonus is both morally weak, and shameful. Take an honest look at what opportunities are available should you invest in your employees, and not your egos.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place before Sanofi

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary nice perks! Amazing company before Sanofi!

    Cons

    No growth unless you are French now that it is owned by Sanofi!

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

    non transparent

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    Former Employee - Lead Generation Department in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Lead Generation Department in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    I interned in the Med Chem department LGCR in Waltham MA. The people are knowledgeable and committed to doing good science and received the support you'd expect from a large pharma company with resources.

    Cons

    There is a "Culture of Decay." This is a well established fact that is acknowledged by the entire department and the department head however he is uninterested in having any support or effort being put in in order to solve this problem from management.
    Layoffs will probably become more common since the Sanofi acquisition.
    Disorganized macro systems- everything is fine if you stay in lab/ your cubicle but there are bureaucracies that can't help you and a level of disorganization that is an inevitable result of many M&As.

    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people 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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    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 (less than an 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

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