EMD Serono Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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EMD Serono Chairman Karl-Ludwig Kley
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good and the people are very nice (in 6 reviews)

  • good benefits, positive changes being made throughout all levels for overall company growth (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Process oriented with high level of administrative tasks (in 3 reviews)

  • good amount of turnover, alot of restructuring (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great people great future

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at EMD Serono

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people who are committed to making a difference. Pipeline provides bright future

    Cons

    Will be challenging until new products make it through pipeline

    Advice to Management

    Remain committed to keeping quality people


  2. Recruiting Coordinator

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

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work great people

    Cons

    Constant change and layoofs at EMD


  3. Helpful (2)

    Ugh

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMD Serono

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were fine.

    Cons

    No work life balance at all. Expected to work day and night.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees better. People can't work efficiently when they are tired and stressed.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great people - not a lot of innovation though

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockland, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockland, MA

    I worked at EMD Serono

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Very diverse group that work well together. If people are a company's best asset, this company has it.

    Cons

    No innovation. Poor track record on new drug applications. Executive direction has been unfocused. How can a company without a new drug for over 10 years keep pu?


  6. Helpful (2)

    Used to be better

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

    I have been working at EMD Serono

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One of the only big companies on the south shore.

    Cons

    Development and advancement opportunities have gone downhill since Merck took over. Most people have to leave to advance.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    I worked there for seven years, I started when they were EMD Lexigen. Great group of scientists and management. H.R. was always friendly and helpful to the employees needs. Good raises every year, three weeks vacations, company parties, BBQ's, outings, they made you feel like family, not just a worker bee. They appreciated input and ideas from their employees and rewarded them thusly.

    Cons

    When Serono took them over it was time to clean house. They had monthly layoffs in which at least a half dozen original employees were terminated at a time. Then they'd have a company meeting afterwards reassuring the remaining employees that their jobs were safe and had nothing to worry about. That is until they got laid off the next month. Hard work and dedication doesn't mean anything to this company, you have to lower yourself and be a brown noser if you want to keep your job. If you enjoy acting like one of The Stepford Wives, (be servile, make believe you're happy at all times, and keep your opinions to yourself,) then EMD Serono is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for them because they're just a bunch of trained robots themselves clawing and scratching their way to the top at the cost of others.


  8. Helpful (2)

    R&D

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

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great vacation package for sure

    Cons

    Poor management Favoritism throughout Lack of communication to staff

    Advice to Management

    Take management courses


  9. Helpful (1)

    Awful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Finance in Quincy, MA

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Vacation time although you can barely use it , benefits ,location .

    Cons

    Unable to use vacation , management has no idea what they are doing , no appreciation for employees , absolutely no room to advance .

    Advice to Management

    Learn the jobs of your people then you will realize what is needed to help tight situations when it comes to back up


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great company to work for with great pay and benefits.. Who you know matters most.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockland, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockland, MA

    I have been working at EMD Serono

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for with great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Who you know matters most.

    Advice to Management

    Interact more with all levels. Walk the talk.


  11. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Billerica, MA

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The team at EMD Serono values innovation and creativity everyday.

    Cons

    Collaboration between American and European sites is limited.



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