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Merck Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
1,252 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lost cause

    • 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

    good benefits package, work-life balance, working remotely encouraged

    Cons

    no stability whatsoever. IT is establishing multiple "technology hubs" overseas, hiring new employees there, and firing them here. This is separate from the off-shoring to third party vendors. Nothing but constant cutbacks year by year. Annual merit increases fall well below the annual cost of living increases as well. If you are an IT/quality assurance professional, AVOID Merck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of just proudly proclaiming to be an "American company" to the shareholders and employees, how about you actually start creating some American jobs instead of sending them to the Czech Republic, Singapore, and India?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Friendly yet tough setting

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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)

    Pros

    Mostly respectful in climate and some nice people there

    Cons

    Culture does not reward being accountable and driving results
    All the rounds of transformation are a consideration too
    People are afraid for their jobs making the setting tough and at times cutthroat
    Managers do not let their team shine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive more accountability vs rewarding activity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great work/life balance, poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Scientist in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    The flex time and vacation policies, as well as compensation benefits, are at par or above for the industry. The insurance benefits are also terrific.

    Cons

    There is a lack in managerial organization and ease of advancement. There is a gaping disconnect between the goals and regulations mandated by upper management and the information given to employees in order to reach these goals. There is also a severe lack of employee morale, and management has not yet found a way to show employees appropriate appreciation, nor purge the department of its exasperated attitude.

    There is also clear evidence to show that, at least within this department, that advancement is nearly impossible. I have colleagues 10+ years my senior who are still doing the same job I am, or worse yet, used to have more clout and responsibility and now are back doing their entry level jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I enjoy being in the healthcare field and working towards advancement of human medicine, however I do not feel Merck is doing a good enough job maintaining employee satisfaction which will result in less innovation, less productivity, and ultimately a decline of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not the same company it once was

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    • 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

    Work / Life balance
    Good place to learn

    Cons

    Exclusive focus on money
    Cutting back on benefits
    Constant layoffs
    Outsourcing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should stop laying off the worker bees and clean house in the upper echelons of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Vaccine Sales

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

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Great products, although the competition will provide a equal or better portfolio in the near future

    Cons

    Extremely poor upper management, that has destroyed the Merck culture that made the company great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step down and let the people who have experience selling the vaccines in such a dynamic industry, take over the responsibility.

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

    Trying to do more with less...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Allowed the flexibility to work remotely and work on many different projects. The changing healthcare dynamics also gave opportunities to be the the cutting edge of the trends, unfortunately all of healthcare including Big Pharma was looking dismal. In the early days, there were many opportunities to work at different positions and diversify your skill sets, but things changed.

    Cons

    Too many changes, morale was low, lack of commitment from all teams, low resources, and feeling overworked only to feel that all that you have done didn't really matter because another organization change was under way again. It was hard working towards a common goal when the rug was always being pulled under from you and the metrics kept on changing. In the end of the day, those who had more years at Merck knew their time with them was outnumbered and such was the case for thousands, so unfortunate.

  8.  

    No job stability, emotionally draining.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Whitehouse, NJ
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Whitehouse, NJ

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good compensation and benefits; good work-life balance.

    Cons

    No career progression, map, or growth; continual reductions; poor morale; moved to all open work-spaces; no agility; no intellectual challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make org changes fast, with rationale, don't draw them out for 5 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    contract sales not compensated like a regular employee, while expected to do the same work

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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 a year)

    Pros

    not much to say about the co.

    Cons

    excelled not compensated the same as the Merck employees. Not acknowledged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all sales people are treated with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Gets in its own way.

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

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

    Pros

    People try, hopeful for change, but management isn't equipped to enable it. (and that's my "pro")

    Cons

    Merger with Schering-Plough after 5+ years is still lingering with an "us"/"them" perspective. For new employees, beware of the "this is how we've always done it" approach, even though management purports the opposite. Proof that just because it's in a powerpoint deck doesn't make it so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Board needs to clean house.

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

    Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Salary scale competitive in the market.

    Cons

    difficult environment given layoffs over the last few years, health benefits no longer attractive given change from co-pay to coinsurance. Not many opportunities for growth given layoffs, not many folks have moved to recent positions- sense you are stuck in current role for years- limited mobility options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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