Genzyme Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
188 Reviews

3.3
188 Reviews
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Genzyme CEO Christopher A. Viehbacher
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. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7.  

    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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10.  

    Top heavy culture brings down the organization as a whole.

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    Former Employee - Quality
    Former Employee - Quality

    I worked at Genzyme full-time

    Pros

    Since the Sanofi acquisition the culture, the tools, and the benefits are now headed towards outstanding. No doubt this was the worst part about leaving, the potential for a great company to grow with.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, this growth is a process and during that time it can be messy. At Ridgefield the facility is very top heavy; the politics is thick, and wouldn't be so much of an issue if the people below didn't suffer as a consequence. Every year we did better, and every year we had to save money so raises were skimpy; yet the "teacher's pets" received substantial bonuses and promotional opportunities (public knowledge because of the politics). Often those that developed within the facility are those who posed little to no threat to upper management. Understandable but to maintain progress the burden falls into the laps of the lower level employees with little to no recognition, because those in supervisory or new management positions lacked the skills needed to perform the job well.

    There is a striking shift in values due to the Sanofi acquisition and there seems to be tension from upper management. Accountability seems to have reappeared in their realm, and they are nervous. In a few years, if Sanofi does what they should to ensure consistent progress and growth (of both the company and employees), this will be a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition is lacking. Paying below market salaries and leveraging politics to ensure your personal bonus is both morally weak, and shameful. Take an honest look at what opportunities are available should you invest in your employees, and not your egos.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Going downhill since corporate buy-out

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Excellent benefits: Generous time off, 401k match, medical, company discounts, bonus structure, etc.
    - Work/life balance: You can work from home almost anytime you want. 7-8 hours in the office is a typical work day, even for managers. Flexible schedules. Very laid back.

    Cons

    - Awful raises, regardless of performance.
    - Promotions are based solely upon seniority and office politics. It doesn't matter how good you are at your job or how hard you work....if an incompetent person has seniority over you or is "connected", they will get the promotion. This is rampant throughout the entire organization.
    - Endless layers of useless management.
    - Silo'd environment. Nobody knows what other groups are working on, or what their business processes are.
    - No Career development opportunities. You perform a small set of tasks with no chance to learn anything new. This is Sanofi's business model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Create more career development opportunities for employees.
    - Remove the multiple layers of useless managers and spend that money on raises for hard working employees.
    - Promote the people who actually deserve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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