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Alnylam CEO and Director John M. Maraganore
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  1. Helpful (11)

    "Think Twice -Ignore the "Courtship" During Recruitment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company outings
    Beer social
    Benefits are typical
    Flexible work schedule
    Commuting benefits

    Cons

    Slow to change ( resistance at the top)
    Top heavy- mgmt. (very few people to do the work)
    Primitive systems (paper based)
    High volunteer turnover (including VPs and tenured staff)
    Indecisive /scared middle management
    Living ,"stuck " in the glory days of 10 employees
    Slow decision making -even for the smallest issue. This won't work whenever the company goes commercial.
    Cronyism at its best
    Little to no diversity in employees hired ( most are from the same 3 local Pharma/ biotech companies)
    Elitist leadership
    No opportunity for career growth due to being top heavy with Sr. Managers, Associate Directors, Directors, Sr. Directors, VPs and Sr. VPs
    No development of employees due to those in management stepping over each other for their own career growth
    Decisions are not made at the appropriate levels due to leaders that have micro management styles

    Advice to Management

    None as they are hard headed and resistant to change .
    Cronyism is the only thing that matters and it's killing the company and its culture. High volunteer turnover rates are a telltale sign of employee dissatisfaction . Pay attention! VPs and tenured (5-10 years )staff are dropping off like dead flies !


  2. Helpful (4)

    "contractor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Politics, Politics, Politics...."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alnylam full-time

    Pros

    Great, friendly, and hard working colleagues in R & D, IT, IP, and Facilities.

    Cons

    However, the rest of the company (and some of the more senior staff in the above departments) is all about politics and playing "the game." Also, if one has made any mistakes/missteps they hold on to that information and then bring it up in the annual reviews, instead of addressing the issues in a timely fashion and allowing one to learn and grow, or they hold on to the information in order to fire a staff member.

    In addition, upper management expects the staff to be in the office/lab as late as they are, not taking into account that some of the staff come in early and some late based on the arrangement they have with their boss (the middle management). Complete lack of work/life balance.

    Also, only management (i.e. those who have doors) receive yearly bonuses, no one else! Extremely elitist and hierarchical.

    Advice to Management

    Management should truly look to see who is doing the actual work, not just spinning it for their approval...



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