Genzyme Reviews

Updated 20 September 2014
Updated 20 September 2014
189 Reviews
3.3
189 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 12 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 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Vice President Sales and Marketing  in  Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales and Marketing in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Genzyme

    Pros

    Drugs that address true unmet needs
    Great cultrure and spirit
    Truly patient focused

    Cons

    Not the most commercially savvy organization but its changing

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate  in  Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Oxford, England

    I worked at Genzyme full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Was great place to work

    Cons

    Lacked diversity, One team cliquey, sexism was palpable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hmmmmm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Animal Technologist  in  Framingham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Animal Technologist in Framingham, MA (US)

    I have been working at Genzyme full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment. The company encourages furthering employee knowlege and education. Managers are supportive and flexible.

    Cons

    Commute can be a challenge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Not much attention, worked on a small project.

    Former Employee - Software Intern  in  Framingham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Intern in Framingham, MA (US)

    I worked at Genzyme as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I had a very friendly manager and team, and they made sure to spend plenty of time with me and ensure that I was getting the most out of my internship. The cafeteria is very convenient and the food is quite good. The building is beautiful and a fun place to work in. Finally, Genzyme's mission is great and the dedication to patients and science is visible in many employees.

    Cons

    I worked as a software engineering intern, and some of the technology used at Genzyme is a bit outdated. It's also a very corporate culture, which I did not like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more fun stuff for employees.

  7.  

    Good pay but got burnt out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Genzyme culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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

    • Comp & Benefits
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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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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