Genzyme Interview Questions

Updated Jul 19, 2014
Updated Jul 19, 2014
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    Consultant Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency - interviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    I was hired during the peak of consultant hiring period. So, the interview process was brief. A quick telephone interview with a few good questions I was hired. The HR did a good job on pre-screen things. The job offer paper work is formal and complete. The whole process took about two weeks.

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    QC Analyst I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Framingham, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a day - interviewed at Genzyme in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Sent up there by a recruiter as I have years of experience in every facet of the job, told it was a temp position, during course of interview was told its permanent

    Interview Questions
    • Guy Im interviewing with out of the blue says "you know everybody else you would be working with is 15-20 years younger than you"   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Principal Regulatory Affairs Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process was quiet smooth and quick as I was called in for face to face interview directly without a phone screening. I had a small general conversation with one of the HR rep within a week of applying for this position. All in all a smooth experience and all the interviewers were very professional. I actually got the denial email from hiring manager and also got feedback on my interview performance and areas of improvement. Based on that conversation I believe I did make a cut but somebody was better than me else you normally don't hear back from the hiring manager and definitely not a feedback on your performance.

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    • All the questions asked were standard questions, in fact the interview was more of a conversation than an interview.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Principal Production Planning Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Framingham, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    I was an internal transfer, so I met with the Plant Manager to discuss the position. I submitted my resume to HR and they processed the paperwork to move me into my new role. The interview process for external applicants is much more detailed and complex. You will need to submit your resume online, and you will be contacted by HR if they are interested. Typically you will go through multiple interview sessions before a hiring decision is made. You can negotiate your salary, but there are salary ranges for each job level, and they will not typically exceed the maximum amount for the grade.

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    Negotiation Details
    Since this was an internal transfer, the negotiation phase was simple. The position was one level higher than my current job, so a slight pay increase was added to my salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Lab Manager Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 months - interviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    Standard phone screen followed by a first interview with 8 individuals and a second interview with 6 additional employees, plus a talk. None of the questions were particularly difficult, and I tried to be well-prepared. The process took way too long though (from November to April).

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    • Would you say you pay attention to detail and can you provide an example?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Framingham, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Framingham, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    Meet with multiple people. Start with HR, then Hiring manager, then the rest of the team. Scientists individually, but associates are grouped together as a tribunal. Then back to HR. For second interview, you will meet director team again, maybe will give small seminar.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unusual. Genzyme doesn't require a formal psych evaluation style interview that places like Merck use. Basically you will be asked about your experience etc. and things relevant to the actual position write up.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Definitely negotiate. The offer is below market and if you accept it, that salary will blunt your future salary raises/promotions for your career.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Biostatisticians Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Genzyme.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and approximately a week later got an email from HR to schedule an phone interview with the hiring manager. The phone interview lasted about 30/40 mins with mostly technical questions and haven't heard back since.

    Interview Questions
    • Some behavioral questions and questions on fixed effects/random effects/GLM/non-parametric models,collinearity,PCA, factor analysis, DOE   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineering Manager Interview

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    Interview Details

    Initially contacted by a 3rd party recruiter. I had both phone and in-person interviews. As large as Genzyme/Sanofi is, they have not developed the maturity it appears to have a more formal interview process where the interviewers have been trained on how to interview.

    Negotiation Details
    Spent a few days on salary negotiations
    Accepted Offer
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    Document Specialist II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Allston, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Allston, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Genzyme in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Temp to perm. They do not value temps and will try to keep you on as a temp employee for as long as possible. Asked behavioral questions. Interested in how you'll work under pressure. Require high level of experience for admin work. Meet with 5 interviewers so be prepared to be there a couple hours.

    Interview Questions
    • Example of conflict with coworker and how resolved it?   Answer Question
    • How do you manage competing priorities/can you work in a fast-paced environment?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Cannot negotiate. Not much money in budget. Colleague who moved laterally from another position (FTE to FTE) took a pay cut. Be prepared to work hard with poor compensation. Terrible work environment - unprofessional.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Administrative Assistant Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Genzyme in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was brought in through a temp agency which most admin positions seem to be. The agency I worked with was very nice and the process was smooth. I had an offer the day after I interviewed and started right after I gave 2 weeks notice at my previous position.

    Interview Questions
    • When working for pharma you will be asked if you understand reimbursement and the payor system   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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