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Genzyme Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
212 Reviews
3.3
212 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.  

    reserch oriented truly one of the greatest palce to work for .

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Science Specialist in Lucknow
    Current Employee - Clinical Science Specialist in Lucknow

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

    Pros

    best culture with skill development and best employee benefits and reawarding culture gives motivation to perform to the fullest .

    Cons

    very less field force so we have to cover very big areas there are very few promotion opportunities inside the organization .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    launch new products in indian market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Genzyme: Excellent Company

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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

    Excellent company and strong commitment to patients.

    Cons

    None. I am very satisfied

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

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

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    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Change of corporate culture

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    • 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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    Pre-Sanofi Genzyme hardly exists anymore

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fantastic products, really meaningful, company does still retain a special focus on patients.

    Cons

    Old organisation is gone, including most of the best people (but not all). More time is spent trying to be important in the Sanofi world than focusing on the real work. Global offices in constant turmoil with Sanofi affiliates.

    Company was cut up into different parts of Sanofi and only a core marketing and medical group remains of Genzyme inside a giant messy matrix with Sanofi. Company is living on assumptions from the past that are not completely in tune with today. In most of the organization the accountants and finance people are now more important than the researchers and "biotech with a purpose" people. Pessimism throughout the ranks. Big protector was CEO of Sanofi but everyone under him didn't care about what happened with Genzyme, only what they could grab for their own functions.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Genzyme at 500 Kendall Street Cambridge is a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Beautiful building, catering on-site, food and parking subsidized, training opportunities encouraged

    Cons

    too much work to do, jobs are being cut and not enough people left to do all the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please encourage senior management to pay closer attention to the work loads of the staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was a good setup with good coordination amongst departments

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genzyme

    Pros

    personal growth, good working environment

    Cons

    lack of time effectiveness and company values

  10.  

    Good Company

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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

    At least the area I was in, great team and management.

    Cons

    Company seems to be stuck in a past decade with some archaic policies and work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great place to work, learn and develop

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Management cares about the employees and puts a lot of energy into ensuring both growth and job satisfaction. Benefits were beyond great.

    Cons

    Really challenging IT protocols almost to the point it disrupts the ability to get work done. Change is very slow as there are multiple levels to go through for review/approval.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure communication remains good and your teams will continue to support you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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