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EMD Serono Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and employee focused (in 14 reviews)

  • Good benefits are offered at EMD Serono (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Very hierarchical decision-making, poor morale, poor communication (in 7 reviews)

  • Need to play catch up after refocusing R&D efforts (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Rockland, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Rockland, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance and employee focused.

    Cons

    Limited pipeline with limited diversity in future products

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on Oncology


  2. "From Europe to America"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    Stable, good benefits, good public image

    Cons

    Disconnect of upper management with lower level employees

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more and frequently with employees, give recognition and incentives

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Global regulatory affairs specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    It's a good company. German leadership , straight forward, invest in employees, development opportunities.

    Cons

    First week there was told they don't promote women as much, that was a turn off to the culture.


  4. "Back in action with new products"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, compensation, and good job opportunities in development

    Cons

    Need to play catch up after refocusing R&D efforts


  5. "Anon"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits are offered at EMD Serono

    Cons

    I have no negative comments to report.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you and keep up the good work!


  6. "Great Company with some horrible leaders"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compatible salary, good benefits, lots of good, smart colleagues

    Cons

    In R+D most of the executive leadership is smart, committed, and supportive of staff. The R_D COO is very german and does not value US colleagues. For a promotion you need to be German or move to Germany

    Advice to Management

    Make some changes in R+D and more staff will stay


  7. "Positive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly intelligent colleagues who would go an extra mile to achieve our deliverables and are experienced/resourceful in confronting challenges in drug development. Collaborative environment which promotes creativity. Exciting/promising pipeline. Fast paced.

    Cons

    Some functions do not have enough staffing to do the work. Thus, more job opportunity to fill the need.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the team/empower the team.

  8. "Sales Manager Perspective"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Great Products and Pipeline

    Cons

    Glass Ceiling--difficult to get developed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Associate PM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The parent company in Germany espoused forward thinking ideas on how the company interacted with employees, and how all employees, regardless of level, region, or function, were expected to work collaboratively in a transparent way to accomplish objectives. But they didn't follow through to make sure everyone was on board with this concept and a handful of C-Suite individuals made life a living hell for everyone who worked on their team. The company also successfully implementing echo-friendly practices making the entire company green. Going green served dual purposes in that it humanized the company, putting them in touch with humanity/patients while reducing the carbon foot print to benefit our planet. Additionally, they made sure all employees were given the highest quality technology/tools, i.e., phones, computers and latest versions of software which they further backed with amazing IT support.

    Cons

    There are a few SVP's (so called leaders) who went unchecked in carrying out their self-serving agendas which included micromanaging competent employees, stifling creativity, and taking credit for the team's hard work. A team member who went to HR, found out quickly that HR had been corrupted by trips to London, Paris and NY at the SVP's budget request. The ones that spoke up were not believed and were wrongfully fired in some of the worst ways. Bullying was practiced by one SVP to get team members to conform through aggressive behavior that involved a real power imbalance. Also, even if you were not the one singled out, if you wanted to keep your job you had to stay in the SVP's good graces so it was expected that you take part in this bulling thus the behavior was repeated over time. Bullying included actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone verbally, and excluding someone from a group meeting on purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through because when SVP's on power trips kill the moral and creative spirit of your other employees it also hurts the company in more far reaching ways. You are paying to be able to tap into the innovative powers that each person brings to the table. But when ego maniacs take over, unchecked, they will send you back into the corporate dark ages.

    Also, *Anonymous* Employee surveys are the most accurate way to get truthful information. The last thing I would say is switch up the vendors that you hire to train your leadership teams on what it means to lead. It's not a good practice, in this one case, to let these leaders pick the vendor who will instruct them because What happens is the vendor who strokes the already inflated egos of this low-hanging fruit grabbing bunch, tends to be the company that is favored, then recommended. This targets goals which are too easily achievable and doesn't challenge your leaders and gives them an easy way to feel good about themselves while not ever doing anything good or valuable.


  10. "Area Business Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Business Manager
    Former Employee - Area Business Manager

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

    Pros

    Excellent 401k, vacation, and other perks.

    Cons

    Leadership turnover and low morale.


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