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Merck Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
226 Reviews
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226 Reviews
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Good company bad leadership

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

    I have been working at Merck

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialty Representative
    Current Employee - Specialty Representative

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stressful

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    • 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

    Pros

    Very good Salary and Benefits

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    No longer a leader in science

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    1. fun and layback work environment
    2. supportive people
    3. good work-life balance

    Cons

    1. heavily layered organizational structure
    2. lots of politics
    3. R&D being one of the first groups affected in meeting the company's financial goals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Project Manager
    Former Contractor - Project Manager

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Creative people. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    Trying to quantify creative via billable hours was nearly impossible on top of working at an hourly rate. Very stressful, it undermined the work and short-changed the clients. At the end of the day all any of the employees cared about were how many hours they were allotted per project so they wouldn't eventually lose their job, which many did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they're worth and offer benefits. People other than corporate executives have families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Merck employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    A big Pharma company to work for.

    Cons

    Too many people let go....Need to treat people with respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many queen bees and not enough worker bees.

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

    West Point, PA. Toxic work atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Engineer in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Engineer in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Large site, many good people and opportunities.

    Cons

    At the time I was there, before the most recent cutbacks, there was an undercurrent of poor attitude. Never encountered an atmosphere of disrespect and a lack of willingness to assist a new employee. Honestly felt there was something wrong on the second day of orientation. The attitude and treatment of the people was a real eye opener. I would imagine it has gotten worse with the recent cutbacks.

    It had been a sterling company growing up in the area. The quote "All that glitters is not gold" rings true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers with departments that leave in short order, should be looked at carefully. Not everyone is a fit to manage people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractor

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    Former Employee - Designer in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Designer in Phila, PA

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Great learning experience—worked with some smart people

    Cons

    No room to grow—stifled by process and constant reorg

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work here for the paycheck, not for a fulfilling experience

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

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Some flexibility that allows work/life balance (flex time, job share, working remote)

    Cons

    Serious culture issues, obvious communication obstacles between division - each division feels like a different company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emulate the culture you would like to see withing the organization - new catchy phrases and the rollout of complex operating models every year will not fix the root of the problem, it only perpetuates the passive aggressive behavior and lack of empathy that is currently running rampant in almost every division.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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