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Belén Garijo
16 Ratings
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)

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  1. "Liked it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Fun fun fun fun fun

    Cons

    Nothing was bad really enkoyed

  2. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Nice building , good health insurance and maternity leave

    Cons

    Low pay, don’t promote for hard work but because you are liked by managers

  3. "Don’t do it!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I believe the family that owns a majority of the company really does care about patients’ lives. Both Billerica and Rockland sites are located outside of Boston/Cambridge area so not as congested. Billerica does have a bus stop for commuters.

    Cons

    Company is riddled with compliance issues in more than one discipline. Problem is, they either don’t have the experience, want to hide the issues or just plain refuse to fix them. German management was afraid that if he fixed the CFR issues identified “it would look bad on him”, so chose not to fix them. Management is adverse to communication impacting other departments regarding issues (“someone else’s problem”). Feel...

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good if you want to do nothing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono

    Pros

    Great Benfitis and Flexible work Schedule and work from home options.

    Cons

    Poor work culture, nothing to do when it's completely outsourced. Culture is based off watching your back and poor onboarding and poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house

  6. "Dedicated employees"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time for more than 4 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

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fine"

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    Current Employee - Research Informatics Scientist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time for more 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

  8. "Senior Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time for more than 20 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...

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  9. "Associate Medical Director"

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    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

  10. "Ok place to work"

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    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.

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