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Merck Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
1,255 Reviews
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions (in 123 reviews)

  • Good benefits and still have a pension program in addition to the 401k (in 95 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management take care of each other creating the perception of insularity (in 44 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nobody cares

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    nothing worth mentioning at all.

    Cons

    worst place to work ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit

  2.  

    "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big name, Global reach, good programs for scientists. Flexible with work hours if you produce good work

    Cons

    They talk of being well, and being a great place to work. In reality they will cut any corner to win
    Tire and shed mentality your job is ALWAYS at risk.
    They only look at numbers while they only preach about people
    They abuse loyalty: will work you to death and expect that you should be grateful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should take a GOOD look at lower management: in secret because their sins WILL be hidden. When I was there I saw and met both, the upper management is idealistic and healthy. the lower management (save for a few jems) are just consumed with numbers pressure. Also, Merck gives it's employees drugs for free. But a contractor gets nothing...not so much as a 10% off deal. Never mind that over 80% of Merck's workforce is contracted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Global IT Support Services Makes Poor Decisions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company has decent pay, medical benefits and severance arrangements. There was learning/training opportunities on the SP side prior to the merger but all that went away after the merger. If the company can not develop a block buster drug, it has the cash to purchase one that another company developed.

    Cons

    Global IT Support services offers absolutely no job security or training (if you work at a "remote" site). It you're in NJ and your management likes you, you might get some training and have marginal job security. Decisions are made without evaluating the impact to long term (25+ years) dedicated, productive employees and the employees that need support but no longer have it. There's occasional talk of a "balanced" work/life environment but don't believe it. There will be many calls in the middle of night and work every weekend. Performance is measured by how much your boss likes (or dislikes) you, not by contributions and accomplishments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High level global IT support management should investigate and followup on decisions that are implemented to see if the people that are actually being supported are satisfied with the decisions that impact them. Don't just take a mid to low level manager's word for it. User support survey's with results that go to the highest level management should be considered and corrective actions taken when deficiencies are revealed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Merck & Co., Inc.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great sales team and sales people!

    Cons

    Slow to make things happen. Doesn't care about their people. Management is very ineffective. They tell themselves what they want to hear instead of looking at what needs to change to improve processes, management and create positive morale inside corporate as well as in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the way we do business. Listen to your people!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better Rethink Merck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Some benefits. Cut down to "lousy benefits"

    Cons

    Cut down on Education assistance. Now YOU pay for it and they reimburse a portion. Management is total corrupt (matter of time before someone sues) and good performance is only rewarded with more work unless you have a "buddy". But... That's Corp today.

    If you are desperate, Merck is good. Otherwise go else where.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is running the company to the ground!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Teams made of talented scientists across the labs. Not much else.

    Cons

    New management halts creativity and scientific freedom of the organization. Excessive politics: management hires their friends and their friends' network, not those who can actually do their job. Real talents eventually leave the company, one after another for external opportunities where they are much better appreciated and recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stay so we can find better ones elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a happy place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst

    I have been working at Merck as a contractor

    Pros

    Great place to learn skills relevant to the biotech/pharma field.

    Cons

    Too many to list! As a "fresh out of college" newbie, I was excited to start a new job in a big place doing REAL science. Many employees here are very unprofessional and most of them are managers who openly gossip about subordinates and coworkers in the office. As I was being trained, a lot of the science behind our processes was kept from me and I felt like a robot who just worked 8 hours a day carrying out a procedure I had no idea about. Several times, my manager has expressed concern about my work performance giving no ACTUAL or FACTUAL evidence. Overall, the moral and the compensation is too low for me to feel happy or successful here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    good for some but not for all

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good relative to industry standards. There may be more opportunities for employment and promotion given the increase in attrition over the last 4 months.

    Cons

    hard work often goes unappreciated and overlooked when it comes to contributions. I you are used to a meritocracy where you get rewarded for your exceptional efforts, this company may not be the best fit for you. If you are the type of person that knows and plays the game of posturing and pontification, then you will do very well for yourself in the company. Inclusion efforts are always overshodowed by the underlying and overbearing need to accomplish results at any cost. Many people have been overworked and enundated with tasks beyond their job descriptions in the effort to do more with less.

    Merck is not in its "golden age" right now, but I believe that in the coming years they will cycle back around to being a company that people are excited to work for again. I hope Merck gets it back together soon, because damage to company reputation by the opinions of former employees, could take a much greater effort than maintaining a good relationship from the start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel the company missed a great opportunity to connect and show their commitment, empathy, and investment in their employees during the recent reorganization of the company. There should have been an apporoach that showed personnel that they recognized where folks where already going above and beyond and that the layoffs/reorg/restructure, was no reflection on them as contributors, but that the company would do what they could to retain as many people as possible. That people would not be discouraged from looking at opportunitites, but that the company may reach out to personnel once things where in a better place.

    I advise management to slow down enough to see teh longterm impact of their immediate actions when it comes to the future of the company. The old adage and cliche goes, " people are your greatest asset and resource in business", but Merck fails to receognize that people are not available and/or willing to continue to place themselves in front of mounting issues and risk when there are other companies that are continually looking to capitalize on their miscalculated handing of unfortunate circumstances.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Hated it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Summit, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Summit, NJ

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary, money, compensation. moola, dinero. etc. that's all i got, money is the only pro. For me, location was good. Vacation time was good. The week off between Christmas and New Years is nice.

    Cons

    Everything else. It is a horrible place to work. I would only suggest my ex-husband to work here. Let him endure the torture. I am thrilled to be gone. Competitive, back stabbing colleagues is common place and almost encouraged by the management. It is their policy to use a bell shaped curve to distribute salary. After layoffs of the non-performers, the only thing left was the cream of the crop. However, they are still forced into a bell shaped curve. I’ve seen top performers be rated “Below” because of the group they were in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very good employees are leaving. Find a way to stop the back stabbing mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer at West Point, PA site

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible work arrangements
    -Movement if you are one of the few selected top performers or in the mid (assoc director) to high-level employee bucket

    Cons

    -Lots of re-organizations / lack of direction
    -Lack of culture (i.e. people walk the hallways and not give a hello, rude in the parking lot, etc)... this also stems to a corporate level where sites aren't aligned since the Schering Plough merger
    -Overworked (many people are leaving = same work with less work force)
    -Personal growth is hard if not in selected top bucket and there are constantly internal freezes for promotions / movement into other departments with re-org's / turnover of people leaving
    -Hard to get rated at the top / receive decent pay increases
    -New company reimbursement for continuing education costs was reduced significantly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to recognize and re-invest in the importance of career growth for the bottom to mid-level career bucket, and re-vamp culture as a whole company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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