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Alnylam Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  1. "Good Science, Good Management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast evolving company with great science
    Great focus towards executing vision and mission focused on helping patients in need
    Great benefits and value for employees

    Cons

    Work life balance has become better, but can be improved further

    Advice to Management

    For employee retention, develop current employees for bigger roles rather than hiring external talent for new positions


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Cautiously Optimistic"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alnylam full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good location, good people and culture, generous benefits, fun events, food and beer provided for employees. Lots of growth with hiring and acquiring new space and factories.

    Cons

    Managements' faith and haste to grow allows the company to aim high but reality hit as one of the company's drugs were halted and that effected the stock and the future of the companies' stability. Pharma stocks have a high variance and Alnylam is not immune from that. Life/Work balance was an issue for some teams. Also, while new building is sleek, the cubicle structure is open floor and that is not for everybody.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees informed as biotech can be a volatile industry, and make sure that life/work balanced is maintained.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Scientific culture"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Several program areas, lots to learn, excellent place to start a scientific career.

    Cons

    Sometimes challenging to get up to speed on programs.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Bright future, great culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small company moving very fast, but heavy focus on work life balance and culture. Everybody seems excited and focused on the mission, which is great.

    Cons

    Tons of work, not enough people so you have to be willing to try new things, take a chance. Culture seems to be willing to handle that risk, not hold you accountable for mistakes in that realm but lofty goals are on the horizon and most likely will change how it is today.

    Advice to Management

    Keep plugged into all levels on culture, Donuts obvious when things are changing for worse and correct.


  5. Helpful (16)

    "Management Needs a Wake up Call"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jamaica Plain, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jamaica Plain, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alnylam full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoy some of the people I work with and the pay is OK. The benefits are pretty good, but are comparable to all the other Pharma companies in the area.

    Cons

    Management is clueless to the needs of the normal everyday employee. There is a huge gap between the 2 groups, and this creates a divide in how everyone works together. Even though the company is growing there are no really opportunities to move to other departments or advance. There can also be a huge lack of respect within the office place, it all depends on who you know. There isn't a real work life balance. Employees are very rarely allowed to work from home, and even if you take a vacation day people will still call/email you and insist that you respond. They assume everyone is available at all times to work.

    Advice to Management

    Actually talk and get to know the needs of your employees. I had a meeting where the words "upper management does not care about us" were said out loud... that shouldn't be the case. People should feel like their voice matters and that they are respected within the organization.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast pace company, good salaries and benefits. Work hard play hard. Nice work environment. Location in Kendall Square offers a lot stuff to do for lunch or after work. Good transportation options.

    Cons

    A lot of new people that are changing the old culture. There are pro's and cons to this. Company is growing in leaps and bounds. No longer in one building so there is a separation factor between groups.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where you came from. Growing is great, but don't let it change what made you great. The main leaders are smart and need to stay connected to the rank and file


  7. Helpful (4)

    "more open in the start up years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Alnylam full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    really great science, a lot of good people working there and despite some typical for the industry stumbles they have built quite an impressive track record. Some of the micro-cultures are really great

    Cons

    the place is pretty vertically organized for a company of that size, like all public companies there is a high degree of confidentiality around some issues and some of the micro-cultures are really cut throat

    Advice to Management

    The bell curve for merit increases can do more harm that good a hyper competitive environment is not helpful or innovation or morale.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "contractor"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alnylam (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Promising future - good product and some very good people. Location is good too.

    Cons

    Horrible management - mean to employees - toxic


  9. Helpful (2)

    "GREAT WORK ENVIROMENT"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alnylam full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    learning opportunities, good culture, smaller company

    Cons

    Management, Lack of accountability


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are treated well. Very well compensated and flexible hours. Never micromanaged!

    Cons

    Nothing I can think off!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! I wish to join this company again!


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