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Don't do it

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Working for this company in NJ, is very difficult. You are micro managed by your entire team. Managers are clueless and you are not allowed to make decisions on your own. If you have half a brain you will not survive in this enviroment.
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Recent Layoffs

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It is very sad for a company of this stature to lay off workers to just please a bunch of investors. We are extremely hard working and dedicated to our jobs and deserve better than finding out second hand that we are being laid off. I hope all the big wigs are happy for destroying what has been for me a life long endeavor and dream. I really hope it was worth compromising your dignity to make the investors happy.
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layoffs are on the way?

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Widespread rumors of impending Genzyme layoffs. No info on the possible scale. Anything to improve our valuation ahead of a Sanofi takeover will please the activist investors and their puppets in top management. What a sad way for a once great company to meet its end.
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Lots of managers who micromanage!
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no accountabiilty, VP's who fail are given cushy jobs and never fired, to be fair, you have to screw up pretty badly at any level to be let go.
not a harsh environment but very immature.
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2.5

Genzyme

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Genzyme is awesome but I do think it is starting to feel those "Big Company" growing pains!
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3.5

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Saving lives, that is what is happening!
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Different divisions differ in many ways. The diagnostic group seems okay.
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FDA finds bits of steel, rubber in Genzyme drugs

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FDA finds bits of steel, rubber in Genzyme drugs
By MATTHEW PERRONE (AP Business Writer)
From Associated Press
November 13, 2009 6:54 PM EST
WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators have found tiny particles of trash in drugs made by Genzyme, the second time this year the biotechnology company has been cited for contamination issues.

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that bits of steel, rubber and fiber found in vials of drugs used to treat rare enzyme disorders could cause serious adverse health effects for patients.

Despite those problems, the FDA said the products would remain on the market, because there are few alternative treatments.

FDA regulators say doctors should closely inspect vials for particles before injecting them into patients. Doctors should return the product to Genzyme if they suspect contamination, the agency said. Physicians should also watch for potential allergic reactions, blood clots and other problems in patients.

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Carticel Implant by Genzyme

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My name is Ronda. I was involved in a very serious automobile accident back in 2002, in which both of my legs were broken very badly. There were other injuries, as well. My right knee became very painful about 6 months after the accident and it was discovered that I had a huge chunk of articular cartilage knocked out of the end of my femur. Since this cartilage doesn't "grow back", I was given the option to try this new procedure by Genzyme called a Carticel Implant. This was such a new procedure, in fact, that there were only 2 doctors in the Austin area who knew how to do it. I tried everything else first...injections (steroids, Synvisc), wearing a brace, lots of physical therapy, etc. and nothing eased my pain. I finally gave in to the Carticel procedure. It's a fairly long, tedious recovery, but I am SO happy that I went thru with it. Within approx. 4 months of the surgery, I had no knee pain (ZERO)! I wished I had done it much sooner. It's now been 4 years since the surgery, and I am still extremely happy. I honestly have not had one knee pain since I fully recovered from the procedure. For anyone who might be considering this procedure, I would highly recommend it. One of the best things about it is that you are getting something implanted that came from you to begin with, so there's no risk of rejection. Back when I had mine done, there was a pretty strict criteria you had to meet to be considered for the surgery, but I'm willing to bet that it's more generalized now. Please look into it in lieu of a knee replacement! You'll be doing yourself a favor.
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