Genzyme Reviews

Updated 21 May, 2015
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Genzyme President & CEO David Meeker
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Pros
  • Work/life balance: You can work from home almost anytime you want (in 14 reviews)

  • Genzyme pays good hourly wages and offers a great benefits package (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • The acquisition by Sanofi has started to change the culture to one more akin to big pharma (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management not clearly focused on improving operations (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Pleasant surprise

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  2. Interesting, Demanding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, great products, patient focused

    Cons

    Not appreciated by sales and marketing

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge and value the work of ALL employees; including medical

  3. Area Business Manager

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    Current Employee - Area Business Manager
    Current Employee - Area Business Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good products and good pipeline.

    Cons

    Affiliated 3rd party contractors aren't always efficient.

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  5. Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent culture where everyone was engaged to help move the business forward. No "that's not my job mentality". We all shared a common vision to succeed.

    Cons

    Too bad big Pharma stepped in.

  6. intern

    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Genzyme (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company, great outlook, wish i was paid more

    Cons

    long hours, hard work, and not enough lunch time

  7. Culture

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in Allston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in Allston, MA (US)

    I worked at Genzyme

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice culture, people caring for people and working together for the benefit of the patient. Good place to work with generous benefits

    Cons

    Sold to Sanofi and treated more as a number rather that a person. Internal relationships are good but corporate rules.

    Advice to Management

    None really, management has always been good to me. Respectable and understanding. Everyone is here for the patient. Do your job and do it well and you'll have no problems.

  8. Sr Manufacturing Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Manager in Framingham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Manager in Framingham, MA (US)

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good place, nice location

    Cons

    Very unorganized, lack of overall business understanding, chaos

    Advice to Management

    stop micro managing

  9. Manufacturing Operations Review

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer II in Framingham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer II in Framingham, MA (US)

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice patient focused culture, which is rare in pharma. Great benefits (401k, Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement).

    Cons

    (Manufacturing Side Review) Poor talent focus, hierarchical filtering of communication, lack of manufacturing vision. Terrible bureaucracy prevents simplest improvements at the manufacturing operations level

    Advice to Management

    Focus on cutting the barriers to open communication. So many employees can't even openly discuss issues because it needs to be "processed" up the management chain. It's not conducive to continuous improvement of operations or culture.

  10. this is no longer the company I started with

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Framingham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Framingham, MA (US)

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The biggest reason many of us long-timers are still here is the vacation policy. Since being bought by Sanofi, we are on French terms. 10+ years of tenure means 5 weeks of vacation.

    Cons

    Now that we're part of big pharma, it feels like we're part of big pharma.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the roots that made Genzyme such a great place to work. I miss it, and I'm not alone.

  11. Politics and Silos

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    Former Employee - Quality in Framingham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Quality in Framingham, MA (US)

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of great people work hard at this company to help pull it forward

    Cons

    Arrogant ego driven management, information is used as currency, out of date systems and processes, politics run the show.

    Advice to Management

    Check your ego at the door and do what is best for the company and not your personal interests. If an entire team complains about a manager, don't transfer them to another department. Investigate and ensure that other people aren't being set up for failure and abuse by demoting/firing that person. Genzyme allows their employees to be harassed and abused by rogue managers just because they don't want to look bad by demoting them.

    Also PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES MARKET VALUE. Underpaying your employees and having your managers micromanage them isn't a recipe for long term success. I got a 20k raise when I left that place for a lateral move. You guys really need to look at what you pay your employees and start doing right by them. Now that Sanofi bought you, you should be more European in the pay and benefit system you give your employees. Instead you look for every excuse not to pay your employees. Do right by them and they will do right by you.


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