EMD Millipore Reviews in Bedford, MA

Updated April 14, 2014
Updated April 14, 2014
94 Reviews

3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lower level people are great to work with (in 9 reviews)

  • Flexibility and work/life balance can be very good depending on what division and department you are in (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance - expect to work 60-80 hrs/wk (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management does not know the science/history of what they are trying to manage (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience for summer internship

    Current Employee - Process Engineering Intern  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at EMD Millipore as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people and a great work environment. Offer a great internship program where you get to work on your own project and present your data at the end of the summer

    Cons

    With the aquisition things were a little crazy as far as reorganization of the company but after a while things settled down

    Recommends
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once great company foundering in culture clash

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Bedford, MA

    I worked at EMD Millipore full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are excellent - mostly smart funny & kind. Some parts of the company are doing good work that improves human life.

    Cons

    Integration into Merck culture was very difficult, with heavy processes and bureaucracy. The new organization has led to high level power struggles and infighting. High performance employees have been leaving the company for less poisonous, more action oriented environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emphasize results over processes. Hold managers to account for regrettable losses and look into why some departments are demoralized and bleeding talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay place if you're just interested in the day to day

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good benefits, tuition reimbursement, 401k match, decent vacation and medical packages. Overall, I'd still recommend working here. The people are great and the environment is healthy. The company itself is well enough managed that job stability is not a major concern.

    Cons

    The day to day work gets less and less rewarding every year and since the acquisition the work in R&D has steadily decreased in its level of innovation and abstract thinking. The work is steadily becoming more and more monotonous and checklist driven and less and less about true engineering solutions. I view this as the type of place to come and work, if you're just waiting for retirement. If you just want to come in and do your job it's a great place! But, if you're looking for something more rewarding than the basic 7-4, collect a check, this isn't it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the reorgs. In the last 8 months we've had 3 the only clear message is "get used to it." People cannot focus on being innovative when they're constantly trying to relearn their role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Experience!

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at EMD Millipore as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible, and the culture of the company is great!

    Cons

    There are no Cons that I could think of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for. Wide presence around the globe.

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer II  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer II in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    Descent benefits. Good exposure to difference aspects of business. Job safety by an large assured since company is stable.

    Cons

    Moving up can be difficult depending on which area you work in. Tightly controlled by management with centralized control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't expect too much

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I worked at EMD Millipore full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is a global company which can mean great opportunities for access to a wide array of technologies and expertise. If you set your mind to it you can learn a lot but that's your responsibility.

    Cons

    Things have certainly changed since the acquisition and folks still seem to be waiting for some sort settling which doesn't seem to come. A once nimble company is now slow to make decisions. The vision for the future is very murky and there is great lack of clarity as to what is down the road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale has sunk due to lack of direction and lack of investment in the US. There is no lack of ideas or passion in the ranks. Just light a few matches and fan the flames.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Was a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at EMD Millipore full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People, technology, pay and benefits

    Cons

    Too much beauracracy since acquisiton

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get back to basics. Let Millipore be Millipore.
     A high performance company hampered by the beauracracy of its parent company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Enjoyable place to work

    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Bedford, MA

    I worked at EMD Millipore as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are fun to work with and are pretty friendly most of the time. The food is good in the cafeteria with plenty of choices for healthy eaters.

    Cons

    The work gets monotonous sometimes but it depends on how well you manage things. You can make work fun if you make a game out of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  10.  

    Great environment for research

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at EMD Millipore full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Depending on your group you can spend a good bit of time doing research that interests you that may not have immediate impact on the company's bottom-line. Excellent resources world-wide with many experts available.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy begets bureaucracy. With Merck the process is most important, doing quality work while being frugal is less so. They let you spend the money you need to spend and more as long as you follow the steps. They are also getting a little short-sided in projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to projects that you don't expect to become a product immediately. Just because marketing thinks it should or shouldn't be done should not be the only deciding factor when funding a project. Sometimes it takes time to "find" the best approach and short-sided thinking doesn't help that process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer III  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Development Engineer III in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere, lots of different opportunities by working in different departments, decent salary, easy to work with managers.

    Cons

    You really have to be self driven to get anywhere and/or learn new things. Poor mentoring programs for young engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee appreciation and talent development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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