Genzyme Reviews

Updated 15 September, 2014
Updated 15 September, 2014
187 Reviews
3.3
187 Reviews
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Genzyme CEO Christopher A. Viehbacher
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pace allows for strong work/life balance and flexibility to often work remote as needed (in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits - generous 401K match, PTO, annual bonus, and transit subsidies (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management is overly focused on metrics (in 10 reviews)

  • years, management promoted based on years of service rather than merit, terrible work/life balance, stagnant career growth since Sanofi acquisition (in 4 reviews)

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Employee 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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    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.  

    wonderful people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme as a contractor for less than a 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Genzyme culture

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of innovation and patient focus.

    Cons

    some resistance to adopting new processes/technologies in older, established rare diseasse teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate more with employees. clarify company vision, so we can get onboard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good pay but got burnt out.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate  in  Framingham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Framingham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Genzyme pays good hourly wages and offers a great benefits package. If you are in Manufacturing they offer differentials on 12 hour shifts and plenty of over time......If you are into that type of thing.

    Cons

    Very repetitive. Had to leave after several years of doing the same exact thing. There is a high turnover rate of Manufacturing Associates which leads to being short help on the floor. Do not expect to take breaks or lunch at a set time during the twelve hour day. Have often worked up to eight hours without a break. This can be the norm and almost expected when busy.
    Manufacturing is also excluded during recognition events even though they are the ones that do all the heavy lifting and make the product. Go figure!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe consider different shifts. It seemed to me a lot of my coworkers where burnt out and morale was definitely low. I would work for this company again but definitely NOT in Manufacturing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place before Sanofi

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary nice perks! Amazing company before Sanofi!

    Cons

    No growth unless you are French now that it is owned by Sanofi!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Genzyme Framingham

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    Current Employee - Quality Control Manager  in  Framingham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Control Manager in Framingham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    There are small pockets of excellent people that are truly focused on doing what's right. The science is excellent and is the major attraction that keeps people.

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing.. political environment.. poor leadership.. high turnover.. low pay.. It's the kind of place where you go to get experience and then move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the senior leadership team under a magnifying glass and look at them objectively. You may be very surprised at what you discover. Peal back the political layer. Look at the redundancy in the management structure. There's some obvious reasons why the turnover is so high. Hold the management staff and SLT accountable for all the business results, not just a handful of metrics.

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

    Great environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme as a contractor

    Pros

    State of the art facility, professional setting - the corporate office has a positive/energetic buzz to it, impressed with the quality of all employees I've encountered, compensation is very competitive.

    Cons

    The company seems to be contracting out a lot of its work, which leads to less training, company support and personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and retain full time employees. The company is great to work for, but the element of being part of the team (part of the company) is greatly reduced when you're a contractor because you are always looking down the line knowing that you'll be job searching again soon.

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Genzyme

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Well paying, employee friendly, growing, high tech company. A company where employees believe in what they are doing

    Cons

    Sanofi culture is overtaking on some parts, being attached to Paris is slowing and causing unnecessary complexity on some processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    fair enough for new entry level

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Framingham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Framingham, MA (US)

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    fair enough as entry level. time off policies is depended on supervisors

    Cons

    very limited personal growth and dissatisfied with leadership teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vision employees as individual value but not only focus on the group profit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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