Merial Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
40 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Call in animal health specialist.

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    Current Employee - Territory Manager  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Merial full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great working environment. Outside making calls and offices are friendly

    Cons

    micro managed. Allow reps to make more decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaged, tracked, criticized

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Merial full-time

    Pros

    Easy and laid back talking with most veterinarians. Is sales experience to move on to better things.

    Cons

    Controlling managers, tracking in our vehicles, not compensated on commissions fairly, not given marketing materials on time, unrealistic expectations. Senior management has zero respect for women. They are treated with less respect and as if they are incapable of doing the jobs of their male peers. Managers gossip about their reps and flaunt their faults to break them down instead of being team players and helping to guide them. Management focuses on small insignificant details, such as amount of coupons redeemed in your territory or time your car sat at a clinic, instead of how your territory is performing. You can blow your quota out of the water and it won't be good enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your reps. They are the face of your company. Reps should be compensated fairly. Managers should build team morale and acknowledge rep wins, not focus solely on the negative.

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

    Great people to work with, great atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Duluth, GA

    I have been working at Merial full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great atmosphere, no micro managing, u truly have to perform and do your work.. everyone is helpful and kind. flexible, telecommute..

    Cons

    not much process in play...not enough cubes for new hire... took along time to get a working laptop...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the manager I worked for was great...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Compassionate animal lovers

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    Former Employee - Procurement  in  Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Procurement in Duluth, GA

    I worked at Merial full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Compassionate animal lovers. People care about their work and their customers. Strive for excellence. Mostly not very high stress environment.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for growth. Best career opportunities are in sales or in science.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Misogyny at it's finest, all hail old boys club

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merial full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Products are great, other employees are awesome

    Cons

    The upper management is all men. They only promote their own and their favorites. It is sad to watch women work twice as hard and not be rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CLEAN house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to get hands on learning with Vmware and to work with a great group of people

    Former Employee - Windows Systems Administrator  in  Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Windows Systems Administrator in Duluth, GA

    I worked at Merial full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    As a Contractor I was always meeting new people which gave me a name to put with a face.
    In doing so it made it when I was sending out mass emails I knew who these people were that i was emailing.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges of working at merial was that people would sometimes drag there feet when it came to get things done

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing, The company is in serious decline.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician

    I worked at Merial full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. The people I worked with in my department are incredibly hard working and willing to help. That's about it.

    Cons

    Many talented people have left due in part to terrible management of day to day activities. Most systems are highly manual in nature. Many mistakes and potential problems could be avoided if investments were made to update and automate critical systems. The costs of some mistakes have been very expensive and could have been avoided. Yet management will not make changes. New projects are forced into areas that do not have the capability or the personnel to accept the increased workload. Many of the management team do not have any production floor experience or knowledge of current activities.

    Performance review is another area that is rife with unfairness and favoritism. Everyone has to fit into a bell curve - so many people get a good review, so many get a bad review, and so many get an excellent review. This system places the workforce in competition with one another. If a department has 5 exceptional people, someone will most be getting a bad review no matter what. Microsoft had the same performance review system in place for many years and had to abandon it because they were losing so many good people. Same thing is happening here. I've heard performance review ratings will be changed to comply with the bell curve whether it's justified or not.

    Work-Life balance is a thing of the past. People are forced to stay until the work is done. Forced to work 13-14 hrs a day, nights, weekends - doesn't matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is very good at finance, sales and marketing but terrible at manufacturing. Get rid of outdated systems that force a high level of manual intervention. Take responsibility for your actions. Quit blaming the lower level workers when problems occur and give them the resources needed for success. Anything less and you are merely setting up your workforce for failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    becoming more and more French

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    good products, good reputation in the industry, good benefits

    Cons

    used to be a leading company but tough years have created a tense environment and Sanofi management has made everything more difficult. Bad employees seem to linger too long. Some functions are too lean while others continue to add headcount

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change is needed, don't be afraid to fire the people who are under-performing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent culture and respectful environment.

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer  in  Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Duluth, GA

    I worked at Merial as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The Management was very professional and respectful of work life balance even though there were times of long hours.

    The technologies used were the latest and the development teams and management were knowledgeable and organized.

    Project expectations were not too out of line and management did a great job of insulating the development team of unnecessary stress and office politics.

    The team members were extremely friendly, welcoming and supportive.

    Cons

    Direct managers spent a significant amount of time in meetings and individual contributors had to navigate many projects and obstacles with limited direction or advice at times.

    Projects needed a little more structure to prevent feature creep but overall they were managed well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider implementing more Agile Scrum project management techniques to help out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for the most part

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Great people, professional sales force, good products, great benefits, good pay (prior to 2013), potential for upward mobility. Full pipeline of new products on the way.

    Cons

    Upper management tends to be reactive rather than proactive, marketing is likely stretched too thin, 2013 quotas were completely unrealistic, and only paying reps 70% of commissions until we reach 90% of quota is just wrong with the unrealistic expectations. Poor work/life balance for reps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give marketing the people and tools they need to help us in the field. Our promotions can be great, but are often unorganized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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