Genzyme Reviews

Updated 30 October, 2014
Updated 30 October, 2014
195 Reviews
3.3
195 Reviews
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Genzyme CEO Christopher A. Viehbacher
Christopher A. Viehbacher
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance: You can work from home almost anytime you want (in 13 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

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting, Demanding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Challenging, great products, patient focused

    Cons

    Not appreciated by sales and marketing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge and value the work of ALL employees; including medical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all about the bottom line period.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Genzyme is still a decent company. The compensation is still good although there have been changes in the past 2 years or so and it is becoming more difficult to make full bonus. Work-life balance is still good. The acquisition by Sanofi has been challenging and their influence is being felt more and more.

    Cons

    Senior Management is overly focused on metrics, many of which are not meaningful, The introduction of the daily time card has contributed to this issue. The acquisition of Genzyme by Sanofi over 3 years ago has not been as positive as Sanofi would have employees at Genzyme believe. Many of the legacy Genzyme employees have left the company to pursue other start up opportunities or to retire. A tremendous amount of talent, knowledge and expertise went with those employees who left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Truly patient focused. Rare diseases pioneers. Ultimately mismanaged.

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    Former Employee - Finance in Naarden (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Finance in Naarden (Netherlands)

    I worked at Genzyme full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Truly patient focused. Genzyme was a pioneer in rare diseases when no one else cared. Now even big pharma is in. You felt that your work mattered. Unbelievable products (the ones from rare diseases) that made a huge difference in patients' lives. When there was a supply crisis everyone worked extra hard to get the drugs to the patients. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Some Sr Managers from the early days got there by luck and not competence. Poor resource allocation. Too much cash spent on lousy acquisitions that never paid off. That diverted resources away from securing the sustainability of the core business, which was rare diseases. Unfortunately the result was a large drop on the share price, opening the door to activist investors that ultimately sold it to Big Pharma. A pity in my view.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the core business - rare diseases. Replace some old timers with new competent Managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Genzyme as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time working with Genzyme. The employees are very friendly and focused on their tasks with a commitment to the research for medical conditions that are far from peoples minds.

    Cons

    I had not worked there long enough to pick up any cons, although at the time I was working there, a takeover by Sanofi saw many high level employees leave.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Genzyme was a great place to work -- very entrepreneurial, open culture. Good compensation and benefits too.

    Cons

    A very matrixed environment, which could present challenges.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Customer Care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    good learning opportunity and first job experience

    Cons

    No room for growth. Low raises ad bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more incentive

  9.  

    Great product but caustic atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Money and Benefits. Great location and expanding company.

    Cons

    Cut throat and brutal colleagues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better teaining

  10.  

    Overall a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Animal Technologist in Framingham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Animal Technologist in Framingham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment. The company encourages furthering employee knowlege and education. Managers are supportive and flexible.

    Cons

    Commute can be a challenge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    wonderful people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    great people, good leadership, rewarded by management for good work done

    Cons

    sometimes work-life balance has to be compromised to fit in with the manufacturing schedule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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