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Alnylam Reviews

Updated January 10, 2017
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Alnylam CEO and Director John M. Maraganore
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "So much wasted potential"

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    Former Employee - Scientist
    Former Employee - Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting science with tremendous potential to impact disease. Momentum from a few great years slowly fading away but still present.
    Truly great people were hired in the last couple of years but are now quitting in large numbers.
    If all the effort were focused in a useful direction it would lead to great things.

    Cons

    Upper management is living in a bubble. Very poor link between upper management and project teams. The only decisions that count occur when the three people that run the company are present. Everything is purely logistical and team strategy and recommendations are only correct if they are what top management wants.
    Incredibly slow at responding to employee feedback and concerns.
    Favoritism to the point of toxicity is tolerated for far too long.
    I was not ever as effective as the effort I was putting in due to management reacting to small bits of data every 2 months.

    Advice to Management

    Why hire experienced mid to late career people if you are just going to run roughshod over them. It would be more efficient to just outsource entire company if you don't trust your people to delegate any true responsibility to them.
    If you're not going to respond to the culture survey which points out big problems in a department with "sense of urgency" (Co. core value) why bother going through the motions - it's incredibly demoralizing.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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  5. 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


  6. "Great"

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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 science, leadership, direction and opportunities. Wonderful work/life balance

    Cons

    sometimes overwhelming the change of direction

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work


  7. Helpful (11)

    "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 !


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Pipeline and People, Running with Scissors"

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

    I have been working at Alnylam full-time

    Pros

    Good inspiring management, great products and technology, fun and incredibly smart people

    Cons

    Too much to do, too few people to do it. Transitioning from a startup/research driven company into a commercially driven company is starting to shake things up and is going to make things tough for the next couple years.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people or slow down. The rush to pump up the pipeline is creating risk for the leading products and ultimately for the patients that could benefit from the technologies.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Management Needs a Wake up Call"

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    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "With great potential"

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    • Senior Management
    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.



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