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Genzyme Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 28, 2014
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Manufacturing Shift Support Office Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Haverhill, England

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Genzyme in November 2012.

Interview Details This took over 5 months for me, but at every step they where open, and responded well.

First: Phone Interview, lasts about an hour, questions about the job, how you would solve certain problems, and improve others.

Second: In-Person, at the facility, I got a tour around the place, and it took about 3 hours. Questions are similar to the phone interview, but a bit more focused on the job. Pre-planning for questions is essential, and I advise you to do it!!

Overall, it was pleasant, but I failed to get the job due to Sanofi buy-out. HR was quick at responding, and it wasn't there fault, but more because of the big wigs at Sanofi.

Interview Question – Questions regarding training, process solutions to machines breaking down, and what I would do if a part of the process failed.

All basically revolved around validation and QA principles.
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Biostatisticians Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Genzyme.

Interview Details Applied online and approximately a week later got an email from HR to schedule an phone interview with the hiring manager. The phone interview lasted about 30/40 mins with mostly technical questions and haven't heard back since.

Interview Question – Some behavioral questions and questions on fixed effects/random effects/GLM/non-parametric models,collinearity,PCA, factor analysis, DOE   Answer Question

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Software Engineering Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee

Interviewed at Genzyme

Interview Details Initially contacted by a 3rd party recruiter. I had both phone and in-person interviews. As large as Genzyme/Sanofi is, they have not developed the maturity it appears to have a more formal interview process where the interviewers have been trained on how to interview.

Negotiation Details – Spent a few days on salary negotiations

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Document Specialist II Interview

Anonymous Employee
Allston, MA (US)

I applied through other source and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Genzyme in June 2011.

Interview Details Temp to perm. They do not value temps and will try to keep you on as a temp employee for as long as possible. Asked behavioral questions. Interested in how you'll work under pressure. Require high level of experience for admin work. Meet with 5 interviewers so be prepared to be there a couple hours.

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  • Example of conflict with coworker and how resolved it?   Answer Question
  • How do you manage competing priorities/can you work in a fast-paced environment?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Cannot negotiate. Not much money in budget. Colleague who moved laterally from another position (FTE to FTE) took a pay cut. Be prepared to work hard with poor compensation. Terrible work environment - unprofessional.

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Senior Administrative Assistant Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Genzyme in July 2010.

Interview Details I was brought in through a temp agency which most admin positions seem to be. The agency I worked with was very nice and the process was smooth. I had an offer the day after I interviewed and started right after I gave 2 weeks notice at my previous position.

Interview Question – When working for pharma you will be asked if you understand reimbursement and the payor system   Answer Question

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Process Engineer II Interview

Process Engineer II

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Genzyme.

Interview Details Typical interview process for biopharma

Interview Question – why would you like to work for genzyme   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They make an offer. No negotiation.

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Facilities Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

Interviewed at Genzyme

Interview Details The process takes many weeks and they leave you with question marks unanswered.

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Senior Business Systems Analyst Interview

Senior Business Systems Analyst
Singapore (Singapore)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Genzyme in April 2010.

Interview Details It took more than 2 months and I had 2 face-to-face, 2 video conference interviews (at the office location) and 2 phone interviews.

Interview Question – Answering questions meant for another similar role.
I was asked about functional areas outside the job scope as the interviewer was under the assumption that I was being interviewed for a different role.
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Negotiation Details – Not much.
The company matched my salary expectations.

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Process Engineer I Interview

Process Engineer I

Interviewed at Genzyme

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Interview Question – Personal insults or defamatory attacks (by name, title, or association)
Aggressive or discriminatory language
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Scientist Interview

Anonymous Employee
Framingham, MA (US)

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Genzyme in March 2009.

Interview Details Totally different than when I was hired

Negotiation Details – Easy

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