Genzyme Reviews

Updated May 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    An energetic and productive company that became of victim of acquisition by Sanofi

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff I Scientist in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Staff I Scientist in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Superior benefits:150% match on 6% contributions to 401K, very generous vacation package, environmentally conscious, new clean lab space, salaries aligned with other big pharma, on site Occupational Health building, good bonuses. The people who work there are top notch and the main reason I have stayed there 15 years.

    Cons

    The tendrils of the big pharma bureaucracy by Sanofi has undermined the culture of Genzyme, salary increases are meager (<2%), reduction in work force without replacements. A recent confusing layoff let go several very talented and people with purported influx of contracted staff as future replacements. The future of R&D has not been communicated leaving the staff feeling vulnerable.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management has had their hands tied and must take direction from Sanofi. The head of R&D left in December 2014 after 20 years at Genzyme, while others retired. I appreciate the management team, but their influence has been weakened.

  2. Helpful (1)

    It was ok.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    Lots to learn. Fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Lots of turmoil during this time due to Sanofi takeover.

  3. Helpful (2)

    It was a quick tumble down from one of the best places to work, to a bureaucratic creativity killer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Genzyme

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are the only thing that remains as a plus. 401K match is superb, vacation time is generous and salary is on par. Health benefits are reasonable, but costs have significantly gone up. This, however is occurring everywhere.

    Cons

    Since the Sanofi took over the culture of Genzyme has disappeared. Genzyme used to be a place of great collaboration and creative thinking, alas that is all but gone. There are pockets left, but most of the best and brightest have found new homes. Sanofi destroyed this emerald of biotech. Data generated in research, poorly over seen and much of it may be over interpreted or wrong.

    Advice to Management

    I thing it say quite a bit about management when the CSO leaves abruptly and the CEO is forced out because he was not "French" enough. Bold statements I know, but the evidence is strong.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Disappointed - Customer Operations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible, work from home sometimes. Pay and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Mindless work that needs to be done for stupid inefficient reasons. Have been here a couple of months and little to no integration with the "team". Responsibilities are menial at best. Little to no interaction with anyone. Processes not documented and clumsy. Have yet to see any accountability or follow up for anything. Embarrassing dealing with vendors for non-payment or non-action.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify expectations and responsibilities, reporting structures. Increase the interaction between teams and transparency of processes.

  6. Helpful (4)

    Ups & downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fairly people-centric culture, flexible hours

    Cons

    Everything is a priority, extremely weak management, vague performance review, very general goal setting, ridiculous parking situation

    Advice to Management

    Start managing!

  7. Helpful (1)

    Highly demanding work environment that although can appear to be thankless is extremely rewording.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Allston, MA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Allston, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    share in the production of a life saving drug
    many opportunities

    Cons

    continuously working towards impossible schedules with not enough resources.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize site goals to allow for better allocation of resources so projects can be executed with better quality, less cost and on time.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Great people...except for the ones that steer the ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits,pay, some feeling of accomplishment, people,

    Cons

    People who steer the ship!

    Advice to Management

    Sorry you should all be out!...well not all but the majority!

  9. Genzyme: Excellent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent company and strong commitment to patients.

    Cons

    None. I am very satisfied

  10. Helpful (2)

    Genzyme R&D Center

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at Genzyme

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

    Pros

    Innovative science, great vacation policy.

    Cons

    Sanofi bureaucracy has ruined Genzyme. Difficult to accomplish anything without a great deal of paperwork, and senior management can't seem to settle on a set of project criteria or department structure.

  11. Helpful (5)

    Change of corporate culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Research Associate in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Research Associate in Framingham, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are two major perks of working at Genzyme. The first is a generous vacation package, which includes an end-of-year shutdown. The other is a good 401(k) matching program.

    Cons

    The old system of merit-based annual compensation seems to be a thing of the past. Raises are now extremely low for everyone across-the-board. There isn't as much motivation to push oneself, except out of a sense of "company loyalty," by which Genzyme has far overplayed its hand.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see management return to the structure of merit-based raises and compensation for its high performers, and do away with the current "9-box" system of annual reviews in which people are forced into the same generic "standard" bracket, regardless of their actual performance.

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