Sanofi U.S. Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
194 Reviews
3.0
194 Reviews
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Sanofi U.S. President, Pharmaceuticals, North America, Sanofi Anne C. Whitaker
Anne C. Whitaker
35 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, nice people, flexible work hours, great vacation policy (in 22 reviews)

  • Work-life balance seems fair in some departments, great healthcare plan (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management stay in place and doesn't allow middle management to grow (in 16 reviews)

  • 100% fire fighting with no directions or guidance from the senior management (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanofi U.S.

    Pros

    Laid back, but professional atmosphere. Great pay.

    Cons

    There tend to be people that don't pull their weight and don't get penalized.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sanofi will always stand behind Sanofi

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

    I worked at Sanofi U.S. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many divisions and moving from one to another is encouraged for employee development. Sanofi has invested heavily in resources to develop its people, in addition to encouraging experiences in different divisions.
    There is a deep benefits package. The 401K is very good. Most everything else is average. There are a lot of nice, not great, added benefits.
    For the most part the products are solid

    Cons

    The company culture is drowning in all that is "Big Pharma". Loads of bureaucracy, policies and politics. The paranoid, fearful attorneys paralyze the sales force with fear to the point that most people are afraid to send an e-mail. Politics run amok so that it damages the ability to have forthright communication. Creativity and solution oriented thinking are suffocated by the abundance of protocol, politicking, "compliance", and overarching fear.
    As far as compensation, a couple of divisions are at the high end of average and others, such as diabetes, are at the low end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace that your greatest asset is your people rather than your beloved policies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Always hoping it gets better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Professional in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Professional in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sanofi U.S. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging, great products, great vacation package. Much of your experience depends on your manager, as executive influence on daily activities are minimal. Your professional growth is dependent on you, as there is certainly an entrepreneurial mindset as it relates to growing your business. New product launches in 2015 could change everything.

    Cons

    The company has been unsure who it is for quite some time. Objectives change frequently, too often a reaction to recent data, which shows a lack of vision. Sales goals are often arbitrary and lack real world meaning. It seems this is to suppress bonuses. The leadership in the U.S. has been very poor the last several years. There have been recent changes in national leadership, and it is too soon to evaluate them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Used to be a company that cared about their employees.

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    • 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 Sanofi U.S. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have developed long lasting relationships with some great professionals. However, most of them have left the company.

    Cons

    I have worked with this company for many 14 plus years because I believed in the mission and vision, however, too many acquisitions, too quickly has contributed to a negative work environment. Too many politics. Very poor management and leadership from the top down. No people managers!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there is a remote opportunity you may be able to keep away from the politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sanofi

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sanofi U.S. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The longer you are there, the better the vacation benefits. They are currently improving bonus structure on a positive scale!

    Cons

    Takes too long to get sales data.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Entry to the Pharma/Biotech Industry

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

    I worked at Sanofi U.S. full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    For G&A support function, Sanofi is mostly willing to employ someone who does not have a pharma/biotech background. This makes it a great way to gain some experience in the industry then move to a smaller, higher growth biotech company in Cambridge/Mass. The benefits are also great with a very good 401K match.

    Cons

    -This is a French-owned company so the culture is a bit more conservative and formal, which might not work for people who are more used to a casual/ semi-casual work environment.
    -Top management stays in place so there's very little opportunity to move along the corporate ladder. The tendency is to move people laterally.
    -The hours can be long, mostly around the budget/LRP season.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Typical big company pros and cons

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D IT Systems Analyst in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - R&D IT Systems Analyst in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at Sanofi U.S. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Despite reducing many benefits over the past 10 years, the benefits are still pretty decent. One of the nicest additions is the flexibility to work from home 1-2 days a week (at your manager's discretion). Working for the right organization and the right manager can be quite rewarding. If you want to get paid well for doing very little work, you can blend in with most of your colleagues.

    Cons

    Compensation is restricted to the range for your level so eventually you will see little increase unless you move into management. Most decisions originate from the top in France and everyone below must follow. The culture is extremely cautious where everyone is afraid to make decisions, take risks, and question the direction of the leaders. There is very little empowerment at the base where the real decisions should be made. Insert all the other typical cons of a big business (ultra bureaucracy, inability to make an impact, hidden agendas, self-preservation,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess the skills that people are strong with and mentor/train them in skills/roles they wish to develop. Stop focusing on developing the skills they are weakest in (aside from communication). Develop a culture where risk takers are rewarded and only punish failures if they are due to very poor decisions and lack of communication. Improve workflows. Start with the workers at the bottom to identify opportunities for improvement and participate with empowered, expert business analysts. Focus on more agile, continuous feedback processes. Allow people to advance in levels without having to give up what they are good (e.g. technical skills) and become something they are not good at (viz. managers).

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    opporyunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sanofi U.S. as an intern

    Pros

    Great workplace and great office culture

    Cons

    need to make more flexible Policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing in special that I can mention here

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sanofi IT Infrastructure Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GIS Sanofi IT Infrastructure Manager in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - GIS Sanofi IT Infrastructure Manager in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at Sanofi U.S. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, great Vacation policies, Love the opportunity to make a difference supporting BioIT efforts

    Cons

    Going through many re organizations and off shore Outsourcing with excessive process, Health Care plan being adjusted, hard to Justify time off

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Senior research investigator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanofi U.S. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off

    Cons

    French management and constant budget cuts

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