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EMD Serono Reviews

Updated Oct 9, 2019

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3.3
51%
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EMD Serono CEO Healthcare, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Belén Garijo (no image)
Belén Garijo
24 Ratings
  1. "nice company"

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    Current Employee - Group Leader 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pipeline and working environment

    Cons

    so far so good, the leader may need more clear goal

    EMD Serono2019-10-10
  2. "Good culture"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist 

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    easy going culture, relationship seems to be very nice

    Cons

    less productive, the pipeline is less competitive

    EMD Serono2019-10-01
  3. Helpful (1)

    "ok but too overworked"

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    Former Employee - Kam 

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    nice people and nice customers

    Cons

    no resources and too much work with too little

    EMD Serono2019-09-09
  4. "Amazing company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Director Medical Information in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Values employees, dedicated to making a difference for patients, welcomes diverse viewpoints, supports innovative thinking, flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    sometimes slow in decision making

    EMD Serono2019-08-29
  5. "Great company, bright future"

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    Current Employee - Director in Rockland, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership has a clear vision, high energy, amazing people to work with, exciting pipeline, clear focus on women in leadership.

    Cons

    Resources can be thin, but this also provides opportunity to work beyond scope of role on new initiatives and projects.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining the great talent you have in the company.

    EMD Serono2019-08-07
  6. "Great place to grow if you’re willing to relocate"

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    Former Employee - Area Business Manager 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits and opportunities for training

    Cons

    Difficult to sell ideas internally

    EMD Serono2019-07-30
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Going down"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Rockland, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Summer hours, flexible hours, relax

    Cons

    People skill sets are outdated, too comfortable and resistant to change. Unnecessary layers of senior/mid management with no courage to lead or make decision. You could get by with sub standard work and yet get rewarded. Location in suburb does not help as the vicious cycle of no talent willing to join the company continues to bring in sub standard workers while capable workers leave for better company.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and have better hiring process to attract people with the right skill set than filling bodies in the company

    EMD Serono2019-07-25
  8. "Great legal department leadership"

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    Former Employee - Senior Counsel in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Family oriented company with a great culture.

    Cons

    Salaries are not as competitive as others in the marketplace.

    EMD Serono2019-07-18
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Glass Ceiling in place"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are improving, the people are great, lots of opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    No growth potential if you are American or female. German males hold most important roles except for CEO. Good optics, bad reality. Lots of turnover. Culture was improving but has taken a sudden downturn. I plan to leave soon, like the 10 others who have left the Billerica site in the past 3 months.

    Advice to Management

    Admit this is a German company and not a global company. Upper management is located in Germany, the few who are technically in the US spend more time in Germany than in the US. Couragous leadership is lacking and the US is an afterthought. You are losing your best employees but don't seem to care because it costs less to replace American workers with German or Polish staff. Why cut corners on healthcare?

    EMD Serono2019-06-06
  10. "Great Culture, Benefits, Team, growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, Benefits, Team, growth opportunities

    Cons

    Work Load, Smaller company, Communication

    Advice to Management

    NONE

    EMD Serono2019-05-24
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