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Alnylam Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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Alnylam CEO and Director John M. Maraganore
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  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. "Great organization with exceptional people!"

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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

    The people that make up Alnylam are smart, fun, diverse, and driven. There are opportunities to advance and move cross-functionally.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. Survivor: Alnylam"

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    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 (1)

    "Crazy Fun times"

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

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

    Pros

    Alnylam has amazing people, all are highly intelligent and want everyone else to succeed. It is fun, hard, quick-paced, exciting and on the age of something big.

    Cons

    You are expected to work weekends, and on call at all times, and your performance is evaluated down to every action and every output. Your work has to be perfection and you are "on" at all times. It is stressful and you have to be 100% self-driven.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. Remember we take every word you say or write to heart to the empth degree. You say jump over a curb and we jump off Niagara falls.


  5. "personal views only"

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

    I worked at Alnylam full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    fast paced, patient focused, buzzing

    Cons

    micro management, work life balance,

    Advice to Management

    don't let one or two people run the whole show...


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great peoppe and culture!!"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing smart and genuinely nice people!

    Cons

    Rapid company growth - growing pains. Not a bad position to be in!

    Advice to Management

    Grow HR to support growth of all functions


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Cautiously Optimistic"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "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.


  10. 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.


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