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EMD Serono Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Apr 16, 2018

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3.4
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EMD Serono CEO Belén Garijo (no image)
Belén Garijo
29 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good benefits are offered at EMD Serono(in 25 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Complex governance system/rules slow down decision making(in 10 reviews)

  • "German males hold most important roles except for CEO(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "EMD Serono"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic culture focused on internal and external customers. Appreciates all levels of individual contribution . True team first approach that values all of its members. Values innovative thinking, development of it's people and importance of work/life balance.

    Cons

    Deliberate growth plan has long horizon.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop all current personnel to strengthen the capabilities of the entire organization. Higher achievement will mean better growth opportunities for all.

    EMD Serono2017-10-17
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Director, Commercial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at EMD Serono full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours Good benefits Good work life balance Less stress job

    Cons

    Poor execution Lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Improve accountability

    EMD Serono2018-04-17
  3. "Co-op R&D"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono

    Pros

    Close-knit yet inter-disciplinary teams. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Less flexible. Lots of politics.

    EMD Serono2017-09-07
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Director in Rockland, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono

    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

    EMD Serono2017-05-21
  5. "Research Assistant (Co-op)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work. Excellent culture, good pay and lots of free food! (But greatly depends on the department/team you work for)

    Cons

    Stay away from the PEAT department!! Managing work life balance is very difficult and will have to face a lot of pressure!

    EMD Serono2016-12-19
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ok. but less than stellar record in drug development"

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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EMD Serono

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Too process driven and not nimble enough to compete effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to diversify away from pharma.

    EMD Serono2016-05-15
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company, getting better at refining focus"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at EMD Serono full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Offers some career development, good work life balance

    Cons

    Salaries on the low side of average,

    Advice to Management

    Greater transparency is always appreciated to maintain employee trust

    EMD Serono2016-02-16
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Getting better"

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

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

    Pros

    After nearly 3 years in the company & a lot of dysfunction, the new R&D Leadership seems to be starting to turn things around. Management have allowed unprofessional behaviors amongst some senior employees to persist however I see this starting to improve now. Overall, despite past failures, the company has a promising pipeline that is starting to mature, so think it is becoming a good place to be. Good work/ life... balance however this would depend on your manager. Compensation & benefits are good but Long Term Incentives are missing in the package & should be added for a wider range of employees.

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    Cons

    "Toxic rockstars" allowed to continue bad behavior, creating poor collaboration & work culture = bad decision making. As I said above, this has improved in recent months though. Lack of Long Term Incentives/ stock options is a problem & not very competitive versus other companies. Career planning is pretty absent but again, would depend on your line management, although a good work culture should foster positive... career development across the organization. Basically this is an organization still in the pains of change, but I think the worst is over now & the future is brighter...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep moving your current strategy forward so that it can yield its first fruits. Don't stand for bad behavior that is not conducive to our work ethic & culture, no matter what they bring to the table as you will lose more value than you gain, by damaging the work culture & employee morale.

    EMD Serono2016-01-04
  9. "Senior Director"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMD Serono

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Management is completely disfunctional, no long-term strategy, employees aren't vested in the long-term success of the company

    EMD Serono2016-01-02
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Scientist I in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMD Serono

    Pros

    Stress free work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of personal recognition for scientists

    Advice to Management

    Reward the scientists!

    EMD Serono2015-09-10
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