Genzyme
3.3 of 5 151 reviews
www.genzyme.com Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Genzyme Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.3 151 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Genzyme CEO Christopher A. Viehbacher

Christopher A. Viehbacher

(44 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Pace allows for strong work/life balance and flexibility to often work remote as needed"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Many good people with advanced skills to work along side of, company's success skyrocketed and then peaked in 2007"
    in 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior Management is overly focused on metrics"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Big pharma atmosphere makes it easy for everyone to pass the buck and no one takes accountability for anything"
    in 5 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Mississauga, ON

I have been working at Genzyme

ProsCompany spends a lot of effort on relatiive training. Respectful and friendly attitude among co-workers and from management to employees. Good values.

ConsUnsertainty - since the company is in process ob being bought by Sanofi

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting, Demanding

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Genzyme

ProsChallenging, great products, patient focused

ConsNot appreciated by sales and marketing

Advice to Senior ManagementAcknowledge and value the work of ALL employees; including medical

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Benefits

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Framingham, MA (US)

I have been working at Genzyme full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat Benefits, great work life balance

ConsNO OPPORTUNITY for advancement, too many reorgs, reviews are not based on performance

Advice to Senior ManagementSet goals so team can advance within the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent Place For Research Work

Principal Research Associate (Current Employee)
Framingham, MA (US)

I have been working at Genzyme full-time for more than 5 years

ProsI have worked at Genzyme for the past 8 years and I have been extremely happy working here. The people are very cordial and collaborative, the benefits are excellent, and I work with people who genuinely enjoy what they do. With the purchase of Genzyme by Sanofi, we have gained a very generous 401K match program, a significant improvement on bonus structure, as well as a 5-day "company holiday" between Christmas and New Years every year.

ConsMerit raises have been less than stellar over the past 5 years, and it is quite a challenge to move up positions (ie, obtain promotions). However, lateral and upward moves can be achieved by internal transfers between Genzyme and Sanofi sites, which I have seen several people take advantage of.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Awesome till Sanofi Took Over

Senior Validation Engineer (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I worked at Genzyme as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsVery friendly people. Good work environment. Awesome team atmosphere. Good compensation. Hard work is praised and will not go unnoticed.

ConsSanofi. They want to take control of everything. No appreciation of work. Genzyme to them is just a money making machine as the patent on their drugs is over. They want to make money from Genzyme but cut all the expenses for them.

Advice to Senior ManagementSanofi wants to control everything. The management at Genzyme are either getting laid off or their powers are being taken away. Employees are treated as herds and there is no appreciation of good work as it was at Genzyme.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Passionate People, Passionate Company

Director (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I have been working at Genzyme full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWorking in rare disease, you felt close to the patient and had a real purpose to your work. Very entrepreneurial environment; people were able to move around and talented people could move up. It felt very much like working with family members (prior to the merger).

ConsPost merger, GENZ seemed to be going more towards a P&L type company. Many to most of the former Genzyme people left...taking a lot of the culture with them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great experience to work with some of brightest people in MS.

Executive REcruiter (Former Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

I worked at Genzyme full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood benefits
Good location
Cambridge
Great R&D Group
Great Leadership at the top in MS Franchise

ConsCulture is not as good as it was before acquisition
Much more red tape to go through for approvals
second MS drug did not get approved in the US, which has taken wind out of sails of MS Organization

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the culture back to the old Genzyme days

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Framingham, MA (US)

I worked at Genzyme as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat summer internship program, other employees are very willing to help out and teach the interns, a lot of growth opportunities

ConsThe lab space was very small and cramped, they should put more money into bigger and better lab areas for the employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was a pleasure working for this company

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
San Antonio, TX (US)

I have been working at Genzyme full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe people that I worked with were very knowledgeable and great to get along with.

ConsI don't think that I can say anything bad about this company.

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Great place to work

Marketing Assistant (Former Employee)

I worked at Genzyme full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat company, good benefits, lots of growth opportunity.

ConsIt is a large company and you can get lost in the shuffle. Even though the vacation benefits are good, it's not exactly fair that our European counterparts had double the amount of vacation time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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