Sanofi-Aventis Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
224 Reviews
3.6
224 Reviews
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Sanofi-Aventis Directeur Général Chris Viehbacher
Chris Viehbacher
98 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have great work life balance because my territory is so small (in 18 reviews)

  • good benefits, but not as good as they once were (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life Balance can be a challenge (in 4 reviews)

  • Too much emphasis on politics, freedom of speech was not encouraged at the top management levels (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representativeos  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representativeos in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Great training and managers. Great leading products

    Cons

    Be ready for change, ready to learn new products

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good pipeline.

    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Listens to employees and strong pipeline

    Cons

    Fear of downsizing, not enough resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More resources

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company however too big for it to be innovative and bring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Investigator  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at Sanofi-Aventis full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary, benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    Big company bureaucracy and like any large company with stockholders to answer to, will let layoff their employees to keep the stock price up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time (several years) to invest in research and development in order to bring long term profit and growth.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Typical Big Pharma - All the good, and the bad!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Professional
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Professional

    I worked at Sanofi-Aventis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Culture varied on region, overall, my experience was great. Good benefits, very supportive company. Had some amazing managers that helped me grow in my career.

    Cons

    Layoffs (like any pharma company, right?) Heavy administrative burdens at times (but that also varied based on the manager)

  6.  

    Good overall company to work for until merge with another company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanofi-Aventis

    Pros

    Compensations were good as long as you were on a team with people willing to pull their weight in the field.

    Cons

    Layoffs left good salesmen without a job and not so good ones retaining their positions.

  7.  

    toxic culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cardiovascular Specialty Sales Representative  in  Dallas, MO
    Former Employee - Cardiovascular Specialty Sales Representative in Dallas, MO

    I worked at Sanofi-Aventis full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    some flexability but not worth it

    Cons

    toxic culture and unethical with poor organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get real

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Big pharma attitude makes poor working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Sanofi-Aventis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Internal self driven training available for development.
    Career development if you have the stomach for office politics...unless you are a lab rat (technical skills are not as valued as management skills)

    Cons

    Poor leadership.
    Poor communication with employees.
    No loyalty to employees.
    Employees were expected to "Get it done" without proper resources or support.
    Expected to work weekends, overtime, and holidays while management has three day weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The small biotech I worked for was acquired by Sanofi. At first there was little change and then the large corporate attitude took over. Management meetings were always catered while lab employees are fighting over how much of the 2% salary increase we could manage. If management wants the respect of the employees then they need to be seen as the hardest workers not the best politicians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sales Representative at Sanofi-Aventis

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Salary, company car. The company values apply to some employees but not all. Training methodology changes with the wind. The training could be helpful for a different type of sales for employees who leave or get axed from the company.

    Cons

    Man culture for sure. Unrealistic role playing till you want to throw-up. Some very lousy managers who only respect those reps that follow their lead no matter how bad the mangers sales techniques maybe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the reps do their job, cut down on the role-play phony scenarios, the ride alongs with experienced reps that are bring home the bacon for you...LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Loved Working Here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at Sanofi-Aventis as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The people at Sanofi were so nice and helpful. I forgot what it was like to work for a company like that. It is what companies used to be like. Would have loved to have been hired by them.

    Cons

    They don't like to hire their contractors. They would rather keep a contractor on the books for years rather than hire them. If you need them for years it is obvious their is a business need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in touch with your employees. Leadership tends to have a lacking in this field.

  11.  

    A great experience for recent graduates looking to work in a friendly and challenging corporate environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IS Undergraduate Intern  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - IS Undergraduate Intern in Bridgewater, NJ

    I have been working at Sanofi-Aventis as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The company culture is appealing, especially to current or recently graduated students who are looking to integrate into the corporate world.

    Cons

    Acquisitions have lead to an increasingly fragmented corporate structure creating internal inefficiencies. Note that this issue is not exclusively unique to Sanofi.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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