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Genzyme Reviews

Updated 24 February, 2015
Updated 24 February, 2015
216 Reviews
3.2
216 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ups & downs

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

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

    Pros

    Fairly people-centric culture, flexible hours

    Cons

    Everything is a priority, extremely weak management, vague performance review, very general goal setting, ridiculous parking situation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start managing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Disappointed - Customer Operations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible, work from home sometimes. Pay and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Mindless work that needs to be done for stupid inefficient reasons. Have been here a couple of months and little to no integration with the "team". Responsibilities are menial at best. Little to no interaction with anyone. Processes not documented and clumsy. Have yet to see any accountability or follow up for anything. Embarrassing dealing with vendors for non-payment or non-action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify expectations and responsibilities, reporting structures. Increase the interaction between teams and transparency of processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Highly demanding work environment that although can appear to be thankless is extremely rewording.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Allston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Allston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    share in the production of a life saving drug
    many opportunities

    Cons

    continuously working towards impossible schedules with not enough resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize site goals to allow for better allocation of resources so projects can be executed with better quality, less cost and on time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Genzyme: Excellent Company

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

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Excellent company and strong commitment to patients.

    Cons

    None. I am very satisfied

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    - Competitive salary
    - Work life balance
    - Free food
    - Nice location

    Cons

    - No responsibilities given
    - Little to no tasks given during the day
    - No integration within the team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people...except for the ones that steer the ship

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Benefits,pay, some feeling of accomplishment, people,

    Cons

    People who steer the ship!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sorry you should all be out!...well not all but the majority!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Genzyme R&D Center

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Framingham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Framingham, MA (US)

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Innovative science, great vacation policy.

    Cons

    Sanofi bureaucracy has ruined Genzyme. Difficult to accomplish anything without a great deal of paperwork, and senior management can't seem to settle on a set of project criteria or department structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Change of corporate culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Research Associate in Framingham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Research Associate in Framingham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    There are two major perks of working at Genzyme. The first is a generous vacation package, which includes an end-of-year shutdown. The other is a good 401(k) matching program.

    Cons

    The old system of merit-based annual compensation seems to be a thing of the past. Raises are now extremely low for everyone across-the-board. There isn't as much motivation to push oneself, except out of a sense of "company loyalty," by which Genzyme has far overplayed its hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see management return to the structure of merit-based raises and compensation for its high performers, and do away with the current "9-box" system of annual reviews in which people are forced into the same generic "standard" bracket, regardless of their actual performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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