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EMD Serono Reviews

Updated January 15, 2019
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Pros
  • "Values innovative thinking, development of it's people and importance of work/life balance" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Good benefits are offered at EMD Serono" (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • "Slow decision making , poor alignment and team work" (in 9 reviews)

  • "EU controlled and senior management doesn't know much about US market" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Thought Leader Liaison in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Thought Leader Liaison in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Large territory; lots of driving.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "Excellent portfolio, not so excellent strategic decisions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    - Several very promising assets in the portfolio.
    - German family owned company with European company culture.
    - Talented colleagues.

    Cons

    - Complex governance system/rules slow down decision making.
    - Questionable strategic decisions.
    - Seriously micromanaged R&D, especially development including clinical operations.
    - Inexsistent career/development plan, HR support.

  3. "Dedicated employees"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sense of mission that we are developing drugs that will help patients
    Dedicated people in R & D

    Cons

    Poor communications between departments and globals
    Lack of tools to get the job done
    Poor career advancement opportunities
    Location is poor for recruiting


  4. "Fine"

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    Current Employee - Research Informatics Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Informatics Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good enough. I would not work there again

    Cons

    Poor management. They will lie right to your face.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Senior Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For the most part people are nice, the hours are flexible, and company is at least seemingly making efforts to improve the culture and lack of opportunity for career growth. The lab space is nice and modern and the site has just added a parking garage and a few new buildings. There is an onsite cafeteria and some decent lunch options near by.

    Cons

    The pay is lower than most companies of this size and the medical benefits are just okay. The location is not great. On a scientific level a lot of the projects are poorly run and the amount of innovative science being done despite the companies insistence to the contrary is still fairly low. Senior management tends to promote favorites and less talented scientists to avoid debate about project strategy and people who don't challenge management are given more responsibility tend to climb the career ladder. People who just come to work and work in the lab without making much additional intellectual contribution seem to do fine here. The morale is still rather low and there is not much that inspires employees to excel.


  6. "Associate Medical Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and management style

    Cons

    Insufficient funding for new projects


  7. "Ok place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Too many changes and layers. Boys’ club.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to value the people. Flatten the org charts.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not in a good moment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    Good people, easy to work with

    Cons

    - low salary
    - management not clear on overall direction of organization


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great little company but growing pains hurt."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great corporate culture. Family owned pharma company 70 yrs old. Try to take care of their people.

    Cons

    Too many drug w generics and poor coverage.

    Advice to Management

    Get focused. Large territories and 7 products in a bag are never a good idea.


  10. "Regional Pricing manager"

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    Former Employee - Regional Pricing Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Regional Pricing Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability, benefits, holidays and people

    Cons

    Low dynamic company, lack of direction in terms of developing new directors.

    Advice to Management

    more committed to develop managers/ analysts and bring more entrepreneurship spirit