no very employee friendly...focus on the bottom line - nothing else
HRBP (Current Employee), Framingham, MA – July 20, 2014
Pros: vacation is a bit more generious
Cons: where do i start... no real on-boarding, how they pay is a disaster. if you want to be paid on time and accuracy. don't count on it.
Very complex and not very efficient. Many really very disengaged employees - with not real focus on fixing the issues. INCLUDING a dismal merit increase for the last three years less then 2%... ridiculous.
Easygoing place to work with supportive leadership
Document Specialist II (Former Employee), Cambridge, MA – July 10, 2014
Pros: presentation opportunities, an environment open to the ideas of all staff
Cons: technical difficulties (i.e.copiers, printers constantly out of order), limited space (this made for some tasks being executed with less efficiency)
The morning would start off with a brief meeting in our department (Quality Assurance Document Control). The purpose of these meeting was to identify the workload and to establish a plan for managing it that day. The team also keeps track of assigned tasks on a board located in a central area which is updated throughout the day.
I have learned a great – more... deal about GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), compliance, the circumstances and consequences of deviating from the written standard operating procedures. I have also become extremely familiar with Fourth Dimension, Livelink, MFG/Pro and Docutrak.
The management was consistent in communicating with the staff. This became crucial during Genzyme's acquisitions by Sanofi and most recently Aastrom Biosciences. My immediate supervisor always made an effort to be available even if it meant altering her often full meeting schedule. This can also be said of her manager as well as the rest of the leadership team.
The greatest challenge of my job was the constant change of priorities. I had to be accustomed to switching the order of my tasks. This was particularly true during crucial projects such as answering internal and external audit observations.
My favorite aspect of this job was the customer service. I enjoyed being able to stand up to the challenges of working with varied personalities and meeting the many needs of my co-workers. I also had the opportunity to work with a team of talented, energetic individuals. Being a member of this team has truly honed my ability to be a team player. – less
Associate Director, Global Cell Bank Manufacturing (Former Employee), Framingham, MA – July 9, 2014
The management culture at Genzyme focuses on driving people into the ground. There is no emphasis on development, innovation, or putting people in the right positions to succeed. Most people who I worked with were stressed beyond belief trying to manage too many priorities, while there were others in the organization who coasted.
Summer Intern- Marketing (Former Employee), New Delhi – July 7, 2014
My short tenure at Genzyme was enough for me to fall in love with the company. A blue ocean company that spent billions of dollors in research to find drugs for orphan diseases with do dot have a large market, Genzyme keeps patients interest at the top. Their offices were adorned with paintings which were made by their patients and that spoke volumes – more... about their relationships. I opted to complete my internship there in a patient focused domain where I had to obtain the Physician's and Patient's views on their existing Patient support program for CKD, in four cities in India, analyze the inputs and provide my suggestions to the program to make it more patient friendly. The travel during the summer months in India with temperatures soaring upto 45 degree celsius was the toughest part of the job, but each interview was worth this trouble.
The company staff and the co-workers were quite helpful during the tenure. – less
Senior QA Inspector / Document Specialist (Current Employee), Allston / Nothborough, MA – June 20, 2014
The best part of my job is having the freedom to express myself – to laugh when I need to de-stress; to speak and actually be heard, and to perform not just because I’m paid to do it but because I’m inspired to be the best. Sure, we get a lot of challenges -work load, deadlines and the pressure to be perfect – but I see them as opportunities to see – more... how far we can push ourselves, excel at what we do, and be stronger as a team. – less
Senior Drug Safety Associate (Former Employee), Cambridge, MA, USA – June 16, 2014
• Review and process of all adverse events received from investigator sites, consumers and Healthcare professionals. • Verify the presence of all information required to be a case and request critical missing information for non case by expeditiously contacting the reporter. • Submit and provide MedWatch, CIOMS or E2b reports as applicable. Update the – more... safety database with the submission date. • Simultaneously I managed our CRO in India. I worked as a Team Lead for offshore Global PV project, where I monitored Pharmacovigilance operational activities for multiple clinical trials and assisted them to achieve all milestones within defined timeline. • Worked on Medical writing, where I was working on narrative section of CSR and aggregate reports. • Identify duplicates and non case. Incorporate physician input, append case files and perform in process quality review for case receipt. – less
Medical Biller (Former Employee), Westborough, MA – June 7, 2014
Pros: the bond between the employees and the autonomy of being able to work at your own pace
Cons: having to leave
A typical day with Genzyme was great. We spent most of our time at our desks by ourselves billing as many records as we could and they were extremely concerned about our comfort up to the point that they had an ergonomics expert on staff to ensure our physical well being. They had monthly get brunches so that we could all hang out and celebrate our – more... goals, we had monthly birthday celebrations for everyone that had a birthday that month, and it really came across that everyone really respected each other.
The saddest part was that the division I worked for was sold to another company and we all were let go. It was so hard to leave because I loved it there and I probably never would have left. – less
Stability Specialist Associate (Current Employee), Framingham, MA – March 25, 2014
Genzyme is a great company overall with an above average appreciation for the work/life balance. Benefits are excellent including affordable healthcare and generous vacation time upon hiring. Dynamics within a small group or between groups within the same umbrella seems to pose a challenge. Communication could be better.
Good work balance but no advancement opportunities
Validation Lead SME (Former Employee), Cambridge, MA – March 21, 2014
Genzyme was an awesome company to work for, but it all shattered when we started integrating with Sanofi. There was no advancement opportunities. There was no Job security as Sanofi was always looking to cut down jobs lay off departments to cut costs. For Sanofi every employee was just a number and it did not matter how much importance they would bring – more... to the company. – less
Change Control Project Coordinator / EA (Former Employee), Cambridge, MA – March 3, 2014
Pros: great team work
Working at Genzyme was a great experience. The one thing I will take away is I was exposed to different technologies, working on multiple projects and project teams and being able to utilize my skill sets to contribute to the projects success.
QUALITY CONTROL ANALYST (Former Employee), Allston, MA – February 3, 2014
Pros: great pay/salary
Cons: can be crazy at times in terms of workload
Overall, This place has done a great job in improving itself and pay/benefits are extraordinary. Much of all information there is logged in one way or the other where certain information always needs to be recorded. At times, the amount of documentation required for certain tasks outweighed the efficiency of the purpose in documentation.