Merck Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Formerly great company that used to care for it's employees but now all they care about is meeting the bottom line.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in West Point, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly ethical, good facilities, excellent coworkers, good pay.

    Cons

    Constant lay offs have severely lowered morale. Poorly thought out organizational structure. Over reliance on sub contractors that don't meet expectations. Benefits have continued to decline while costs have increased.

    Advice to Management

    Balance the value of experience with the cost of resources. Many high performers have been let go and replaced with low cost, inexperienced people, just to meet quarterly earnings estimates. While this may work in the short term it will hurt the company's productivity and reputation in the long term.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, not bad salary

    Cons

    Very old school minded management

  3. Finance Director

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

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Base salary, benefits, bonus opportunity.

    Cons

    Long period of downsizing activity. Merger with Schering still has company in dishevelment, promotional opportunities diminished.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate non-performing executives to let the performing ones get the job done.

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  5. Too big of a company to enjoy independent work freedom

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cardiovascular in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Cardiovascular in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loyal employees that plan on retiring with the company

    Cons

    Too many life long employees; therefore, no fresh approaches to the business. Everyone has drunk the koolaide

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up; focus on better training you expect primary care reps to succeed

  6. Helpful (1)

    Sinking ship...get off while you still can!

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to learn and develop a career. Pay is fairly good.

    Cons

    It's been a train wreck since the merger. Management is a disaster. Morale is low. Benefits are getting worse by the day. I remember when the company felt employees were the most important asset. Now they could care less. You're completely disposable. What they don't understand is that if you treat employees well, they will work harder!

    Advice to Management

    You should have cleaned house after the merger. The same disaster VPs are there! Treat employees better and they will stay and want to work for you. You should have laid off more after the merger...not this slow painful death!

  7. Once was a good company

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

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large company that takes care of the bottom line. Good for investors.

    Cons

    Does not care about employees. Too old school and dysfunctional corporate culture.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Good company bad leadership

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

    I have been working at Merck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, products, science, reputation.

    Cons

    Bad leaders, not good business skills, make bad investments, need a strategy to acquire and build the science and the pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house on all sides and make changes now for the future.

  9. You could have a good experience here if you work in the right division.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialty Representative
    Current Employee - Specialty Representative

    I have been working at Merck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a good work/life balance at the company.

    Cons

    Seems like they are always downsizing so there are layoffs quite often.

  10. Helpful (1)

    I wish my contributions were appreciated

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    The Benefits and compensation are competitive

    Cons

    The environment has become very toxic due to organizational changes

  11. Stressful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative II
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative II

    I worked at Merck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good Salary and Benefits

    Cons

    The culture is extremely non-personal. District managers are coached to talk the talk.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to reps. Allow DM's to coach with a positive prospective.

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