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Merck Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
1,105 Reviews

3.1
1,105 Reviews
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
Kenneth C. Frazier
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions (in 112 reviews)

  • Large Company; good benefits; opportunity to learn new preocesses (in 84 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction (in 27 reviews)

  • Upper management is only concerned with how much product goes out the door (in 41 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a happy place to work!

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

    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
  2.  

    Hated it.

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

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    good for some but not for all

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Durham, NC

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer at West Point, PA site

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  6.  

    Very disorganized and unprofessional.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's a job for the time.

    Cons

    Low pay and discomfort for the body.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat others as if you would want to be treated.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful

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

    Pros

    they do encourage work/life balance

    Cons

    management stresses they want new, innovative approaches and ideas but does embrace anything new or innovate...fear rules

    its disheartening to know layoffs are pending (10k in late 2013) and see the executives taking their helicopters back and forth and to their homes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ask for what you want, instead of making people jump through hoops unncessarily

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Getting worse everyday

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

    Pros

    Highly flexible schedule, work from home

    Cons

    Company is continually taking things away from employees. Truly no one is happy. The good people have left, the bad ones have been fired and all that's left is a bunch of mediocre workers trying to justify their existence and just hang on. Layoffs now routinely occur at least twice a year. stay away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company considers employees as highly dispensable.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you're desperate for a paycheck, hey ... desperation may make this company acceptable to you.

    Cons

    Is not the great pro-employee company it once was years ago. There is no work-life balance. Company has downsized over and over due to patent expirations and merger. Remaining employees are doing 2-3x their former workload. Pay increases for average employees don't even keep pace with cost of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will lose more than you ever bargained for as skilled employees jump ship in ever increasing numbers.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once Great Company gone down the tubes!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist  in  West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in West Point, PA

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good, some good colleagues as well.

    Cons

    Management will throw you under the bus rather than admit a mistake. Training has all but been eliminated for technical/scientific positions. The overriding concern is all about cost reductions now, even if it means cutting quality or proper sicence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than just rotating the tires as what most of the current changes have been, start actually eliminating the number of senior management positions. Why are there senior directors with no direct reports. Cut the backstabbing of the employees who do the actual work

    Rather than go for layoffs why doesn't the senior management show some solidarity with the people in the trenches and take a pay cut or vote to not take their bonuses for a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Micromanagement nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV

    Pros

    typical corporate junk, pay was good though.

    Cons

    micromanagement is the game here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merck is the management now, advice is to bring back selling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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