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Alnylam Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Think twice before you get enticed!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation comparable to other companies. Good location. R&D people are awesome, so talented and fun in spite of the pressure to succeed.

    Cons

    Highly toxic atmosphere, to many ego driven mgmt layers and some simply lack integrity. QA horrible to work with from the top down, continuous infighting- no traction on initiatives!
     Way to gossipy but it is fueled by general dissatisfaction with treatment, sweeping issues under the rug, no tangible response to employee surveys, unqualified mgmt. Constant negativity wears you down. Continuous turnover is demotivating. Trust and empower employees. You hired us for our expertise, correct?

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with keeping talented people, deal with the caste system and/or be satisfied with a large percentage of our workforce who are not engaged, unmotivated, and non-productive! Some people are just calling it in and others are basking in undeserved glory. Please make some changes for the patient's sake!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I do not recommend this company at all"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alnylam full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and excellent benefits

    Cons

    Where do I start...politics, favoritism, and complete disorganization. Beware of IT! This ship feels like it is sinking, and the total disarray on the inside creates a stressful environment for employees. Some attention REALLY needs to be paid to corporate culture, and the President and CEO should get more in tune with what is going on in the trenches because it's not a comfortable place to work. They will continue to lose their talent if they don't wake up.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what is going on beneath you. Your company may not be managed as well as you assume, and that reflects on you.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. Survivor: Alnylam"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Medical, dental, and vision benefits and gym & commuter subsidies better than bigger pharma/biotech companies in MA
    2. Monthly employee events
    3. Location

    Cons

    1. Competitive, cutthroat culture. You have to be political savvy to form the right alliances with various department heads.
    2. Lack of accountability by middle- to upper management in some departments
    3. Nepotism. My direct supervisor hired her unqualified friends as consultants.
    4. Some middle to upper management positions were filled with unqualified employees due to the lack of comprehensive background check program for potential new hires
    4. Employee rating system for annual performance reviews (1: Outstanding, 2: Satisfactory, 3: Poor). No 360 reviews. I was advised by a former Senior Director to aim for a 2-Satisfactory rating.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a comprehensive background check program for potential new hires, and establish a 360 employee performance review system. Establish a Corporate Compliance and Ethics department to improve the workplace culture.


  4. Helpful (13)

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

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    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 !


  5. Helpful (5)

    "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


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Politics, Politics, Politics...."

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    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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