EMD Chemicals

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EMD Chemicals Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    EMD Chemicals was a great place to work as the associates were team players seeking to meet the needs of the company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Payroll Manager in Gibbstown, NJ
    Former Employee - Corporate Payroll Manager in Gibbstown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Management would recognize the needs of the associates by ensuring everyone received proper training and understood the demands of their position. People were recognized for their cost savings ideas and providing a seamless transition when changing software, hardware, etc., as well as performance.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges with EMD was everyone was extremely busy and sometimes departmental needs were not readily met.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management should consider the needs of Management and their sub-ordinates. Most Managers have a continuous dialogue with their subordinates, however, it is often difficult to meet with Upper Management to discuss the needs of their employees.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Difficult experience as a contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in San Diego, CA

    I worked at EMD Chemicals as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large company, professional biotech environment. Depending on who your supervisor is, your experience will differ. The environment in manufacturing is more stressful than other areas such as research or quality.

    Cons

    Temporary workers were treated like we were invisible. It was clear that we were just there to do our niche roles while the full time employees handled anything requiring real thought. I felt that none of the contract employees were valued by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect, even if they are contract workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    This Company is well organized and has a very good training program for employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gibbstown, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gibbstown, NJ

    I worked at EMD Chemicals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Communicating is good within the organization.

    Cons

    Some management issues where lying and verbal communication takes place to create issues with subordinates without recourse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work as a team player and know subordinates jobs, be their backup when needed. They would appreciate you more and give more than 100%. DO NOT DICTATE!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fulfilling Experience with many ways to grow within the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMD Chemicals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are varying levels of Upward mobility

    Cons

    Only Con is the Possible relocation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of icing, but no cake underneath

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, vacation, work/life balance, pretty office

    Cons

    no accountability
    no in-depth understanding of their business or markets
    Top management is poor, and tends to put on a show for Eurpoean management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to look hard at Performance Materials top management in the US. Stop pointing fingers and balming others and fix probelms

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It used to be one of the best but now it feels just like any other job

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port WenTownshiporth, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port WenTownshiporth, GA

    I have been working at EMD Chemicals

    Pros

    Work schedule, pay and time off

    Cons

    Over the last few years they have brought people in from other plants that have shut down (operators and management) and it feels like they really dont care if the same happens here.
    also the merge withe millipore does not feel like its going to be the greatest thing for the hourly
    worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that we make you look good not the other way around!

    No opinion of CEO
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    Think twice before you work hear...and then get everything in writing!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at EMD Chemicals

    Pros

    No one held accountable
    Good vacation

    Cons

    Toxic atmosphere - negative attitudes
    Rule by fear
    Currently no business manager in the US
    Most have not worked outside of Merck so few progressive ideas (culture of 1980's)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone needs to take a serious look at the performance materials group. Inappropriate behavior and disrespectful managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    EMD Chemicals has upside potential but long over-due investments needed to make the organization world class.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager

    I have been working at EMD Chemicals

    Pros

    Management appears to have a sincere interest in growing the business in North America.

    Cons

    Many decisions are centralized in Europe. Lack of focus and leadership at EMD previously caused the company to lag behind competitors in terms of, e.g., basic corporate elements such as an ecommerce platform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Study corporative initiatives carefully before agreeing to them and make sure resources are available to execute. Fix the basics first.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good work/life balance, not much else

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EMD Chemicals

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Good vacation
    Nice new building

    Cons

    No accountability for management
    Poor decision making (whimsical)
    No long term plan, everything is firefighting and right now regardless if it's the right move

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Significant change in leadership needed

  11.  

    Was a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people all working together to succeed

    Cons

    Alwaysl changing the long range plans until there no longer was a long range plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Luck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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