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Alnylam Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Currently dedicated and satisfied"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alnylam full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic company working to revolutionize therapeutics for human health that constantly works to improve the environment for each of its employees. The task was not small when Alnylam opened its doors as creating an entirely new class of therapeutics is an epic battle with many phases: publication featuring the hot new technology, enter big pharma, exit big pharma as they can’t spend the time or effort required for a new science (although many continued working on the technology internally); consistent scientific work perseveres; clinical data give proof of concept for the technology; those that doubt circle back. It is common story, one the antibody field knows well.

    The scientific focus is on any disease that fits the criteria of benefiting a patient population in medical need including orphan diseases. They encourage employees to give back to the community by reaching out to advocates for various patient populations, encouraging employee participation in fundraisers for various diseases, and participate in programs getting kids involved in science. They are committed to doing their best to advocate for employees to move forward with their career path. They encourage innovation while putting the focus necessary on programs needed for the company to successfully prove the technology and execute what is required for a company to develop products that reach those that are suffering. Those that have no other medical options.

    The people are great and the scientific publication rate is high. The most important factor: the comment from collaborators an those at conferences is that “ you can always reproduce the data in Alnylam publications.” As a scientist, what is more important than producing sound scientific results. The ability of the company to successfully collaborate with 99.9% of investigators and companies worldwide speaks to their ability to produce sound science and play well with others.
    They keep benefits and salaries competitive as well as looking outside the box for ideas to encourage employee happiness. The understand it is important to have a work life balance.

    Cons

    Perfection or to be completely free from fault is inhuman. In regards to employees moving on the career path, well, there are always obstacles that some encounter due to the nature of the program, others avoid due to their assignment, or due to the supervisor's ability or capability. It is on the company radar and they do their best to help every employee achieve their personal goals and improve on their weaknesses. They do their best to train those new to supervisory type roles and incorporate seminars especially for leadership team to maximize their leadership skills. They believe in innovation and constant improvement which puts them on the path to moving the company up on the list ranking the best companies to work for. There are still areas for improvement which is true for any company, even Google. The HR door is always open if needed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the innovation...


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Alnylam"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work culture and environment

    Cons

    Small company with small risk due to no approved products


  3. "good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alnylam full-time

    Pros

    great growth opportunities and good benefit. Friendly work environment. god I hate the 20 word limitation. god I hate the 20 word limitation. god I hate the 20 word limitation. god I hate the 20 word limitation.

    Cons

    a little bit over load sometimes, but very manageable.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "With great potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open, candid environment with great potential

    Cons

    Incompetent facility group. They don't answer emails.

    Advice to Management

    Be prepare for expansion. Many departments need huge change.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alnylam full-time

    Pros

    Supportive fun interactive company culture

    Cons

    Rapidly growing, so lots of growing pains

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alnylam full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced, smart colleagues that are always willing to help, rapidly growing

    Cons

    Work load too much/unbalanced in some areas, as the company grows the older and more experienced employees are leaving


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Bright future, great culture"

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    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.


  8. 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.


  9. "Good Science, Good Management"

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    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Dynamic fast-paced environment, aggressively prosecuting a novel therapeutic technology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong scientific rigor, very dynamic environment, compelling new technology, good fiscal management, heavily matrixed organization that demands good team play and collaboration

    Cons

    ALNY is aggressively seeking clinical POC for the RNAi therapeutic platform. The intense race toward clinical results often means that research around better understanding the fundamentals of the technology are deprioritized. Target selection also feels rushed and premature at times.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overlook mechanistic research around targets and delivery systems as this provides a strong foundation for problem solving later in clinical development.


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