Merial Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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Pros
  • good products, good reputation in the industry, good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits (vacation time, GREAT insurance, 401K match, etc (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life balance is a thing of the past (in 3 reviews)

  • There are no women in the US senior management, just a good old boys club (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Merial was a fabulous company to work for before Sanofi acquired complete control of it.

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    Former Employee - Mid Level Manager in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Mid Level Manager in Duluth, GA

    I worked at Merial full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay is above average, employees are intelligent and for the most part, care about the company and their job. I spent many good years with this company.

    Cons

    In the "old" Merial, employees clearly understood what the company did and what it was about. Employees and their families were valued and cared for. Today, it all appears to be about making as much money for the french parent company as possible. Company pension plan contributions have been reduced or eliminated. It is no longer the "big" company that felt like a "small" company that is used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Total integration with Sanofi does not make people feel part of something bigger and greater. It makes people feel replaceable and under valued. People will not go the extra mile in this environment. Management: Is this the kind of company you want? Remember when Merial profits soared? Maybe it was better then than it is now for both the shareholders and the employees.... just a thought!

  2. Worked as a territory sales representative for over 5 years (companion animals).

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Merial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and enjoyable clients.

    Cons

    Company has bad reputation with its clients on account of its participation in grey market sales. Upper management utilizes threat-based motivation. Sales-force tends towards demoralization.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management utilizes threat-based motivation. Sales-force tends towards demoralization. Be honest with clients that company has been complicit in grey market sales.

  3. Machine tech IV

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    Former Contractor - Machine Operator IV in Athens, GA
    Former Contractor - Machine Operator IV in Athens, GA

    I worked at Merial as a contractor (More than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Cant think of any...maybe...has a cafeteria?

    Cons

    Constant weekend work, Overtime (20+ hours more, changing work schedules.
    Complete lack of training programs
    cannot stick to a daily work schedule so personal plans cannot be made
    Unknowledgable Supervisory staff
    Higher ups show complete lack of sympathy for the lives of their hardest workers.
    Constant Gossip from all sides
    Constantly unequipped, undermanned, and low on supplies/spare parts.
    Expectations of production are unreasonable and not well thought out.
    tons more...too many to list here...

    Advice to Management

    Run!!!!

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  5. Direction's not important, it's speed that counts.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merial full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Many good people with commitment to their jobs. Pockets of excellent cooperation and collegial interaction. Good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Inadequate attention to employee development. Inadequate assessment and unwillingness to address serious organizationally toxic behaviors by certain individuals. Poor strategic focus. No clear business strategy evident though changes have been in process for over a year.

    Advice to Management

    Develop clear vision and strategy and communicate that more effectively. Listen to the employees regarding negative behavior of others and act to correct those issues. Focus more clearly on employee development and individual worth.

  6. IS - only if you're desperate

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    Former Employee - Full Time Staff in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Full Time Staff in Duluth, GA

    I worked at Merial full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and work/life
    Nobody ever gets fired. You can easily coast here if you want.
    Excellent vacation time and insurance
    Flexible work from home
    Location is great if you live in Gwinnett County

    Cons

    Extremely poor management in the US - top heavy, hierarchical, bad decision making, low and outdated technology knowledge and competence

    Skeleton staff, ridiculously heavy reliance on contractors

    Cost center mentality, inbreeding and power struggles, no turnover so it's a perpetual state of incompetence

    Even the competent staff are pigeonholed and not developed. Mgt doesn't care about your career no matter what you do.

    Annual reviews are a joke and can actually be insulting. Why even do this at all?

    Advice to Management

    IS needs a culture change. Clean house by replacing holdover Merial mgt. Promote upcomers from other Sanofi units or hire from outside.

  7. It was a great company to work for before the changes happened due to the merger

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial
    Appreciated employee input
    Good bonus
    Team atmosphere

    Cons

    Sanofi has taken away that team and entrepreneurial atmosphere

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company!

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    Current Contractor - Frontline Technician () in Duluth, GA
    Current Contractor - Frontline Technician () in Duluth, GA

    I have been working at Merial as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very large parking area, everyone is welcoming, especially Mrs. Hank at the reception desk, everything is clean, training is thorough, and managers and supervisors are very helpful and don't make it seem like a burden when you need assistance. Constant appreciation through celebrations and acknowledgments.

    Cons

    Wish the cafeteria was open longer. I'll get out for lunch at 230 and they'd be closed already.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! You really make the employees feel appreciated here!

  9. Micromanage

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great benefits, great employee atmosphere, pay is decent

    Cons

    They are hardcore micro managers.

    Advice to Management

    Please trust your employees otherwise people will jump ship whenever they can.

  10. Good place for those that just want a job not a career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merial full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    -Pay and benefits are good
    -Colleagues passionate about the business ( animal pharma)
    -Christmas week shut down for most

    Cons

    -Not the place for smart, innovative people. Sr management tends to prefer people who follow without asking questions or sharing opinions
    -Terrible place for career women. There are no women in the US senior management, just a good old boys club. There have been lots of leadership changes over the past few years but that is one thing that has stayed the same.
    -Those that work the hardest get the most taken advantage of and most work.

    Advice to Management

    Wise up, you don't know it all. The inbreeding is one of the reasons the company has declined so quickly in the face of real competition.

  11. Challenging to complete all required work in a 50 hour week

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    Current Employee - Occupational Health Nurse in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Occupational Health Nurse in Duluth, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love my job and really enjoy the people I work with

    Cons

    too much work placed on one person

    Advice to Management

    Look at the amount of work you place on one individual and assess the quality of work versus the volume

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