Merck Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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Pros
  • When it comes to work-life balance there's no match (in 123 reviews)

  • The company offers good benefits package (in 95 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees who do not have work life balance tend to be rewarded (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management is only concerned with how much product goes out the door (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Bioprocessing Technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bioprocessing Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Bioprocessing Technician in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Merck (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits...great company to work for!

    Cons

    Doesn't put their employees first when it comes to decision making!

    Advice to Management

    A happy employee is a productive employee, take time to listen to what they are telling you and not just hear them!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Work for two years then get out

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very data oriented, demand for quality science helps grow entry level employees

    Cons

    Benefits and pay raises are awful compared to the rest of the industry. Promotions seem to be few and far between, so get used to seeing colleagues at other companies leave you in the dust. There is no indication the company values its scientists considering how much "belt tightening" they've done . Constant reorganization and layoff leads to uncertainty and low morale. Generally a poor place to try to establish a career. The only value Merck really has to workers is their name on our resume when you search for a new job.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  3. Helpful (3)

    Low morale

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to build a base in your career.

    Cons

    The constant threat of layoffs turns the employees into their worst ways, making the work environment hostile and disruptive. You can expect someone will try to throw you under the bus if something goes awry. You can also expect that you will not get compensated when you inherit a role (or 2) from someone who got laid off. There is minimum support on projects/tests because everyone else is inundated with other projects. As a result, obtaining results/answers/responses are delayed and the work hours are long and intense.

    Advice to Management

    Use positive reinforcements for encouragement, appreciation and respect from your subordinates.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Abandon ship

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Merck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission - saving kids lives

    Cons

    Horrible benefits especially healthcare. Don't expect more than a 1% raise. Most high performers have left for orther companies who pay competetivly.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure Competetive benefits with other employers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    They let too many good resources go

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Can work from home often

    Cons

    When money got tight, the company started laying MANY people off. Other good resources saw the writing on the wall and resigned. Now there are not enough quality people left to manage the work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop behaving as though employees should feel privileged to work for Merck.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Standard corporate environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Durham, NC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Durham, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Good fit for new graduates. Willing to hire anyone for any position regardless of deficient industry standard qualifications or experience.

    Cons

    Site leadership doesn't have a clue. Merck is always changing just for the sake of change..usually for the worst. Meetings upon meetings after meetings to schedule meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Hire industry savy, experienced professionalsin permanent roles. Retain your talent as opposed to cycling through contractors every few months. Eliminate the IPT groups...they have no first hand knowledge of gaps/issues they are tasked with improving.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Deep Pockets

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

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Company spends money on company meetings.

    Cons

    They do not take complaints against executives seriously


  9. Helpful (2)

    Eh....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Lansdale, PA

    I have been working 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

    Good Pay and benefits. Flexible schedule. Seem to care about the well being and safety of their people. Smart people throughout

    Cons

    zero room for advancement. pay raises are a joke. constant state of fear due to layoffs that seem never ending.

    Advice to Management

    spread the wealth. notice people who work hard and actually care. dont just promote those in the "inner circle"


  10. Helpful (1)

    Systems Analyst

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

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Pension, 401k match, ability to work from home a couple of days a week and ability to park inside the building or close to the building.

    Cons

    Instability of positions, constant fear or threat of layoffs can lead to depressing, unengaged, unenthusiastic work environment

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote team building and engagement activities to foster some sense of concern and well being for the employees that are still there.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - JVaccine Sales Representative in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - JVaccine Sales Representative in Eugene, OR

    I worked at Merck (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Important products that promote public health

    Cons

    Not a sales company. Very poor management at all levels. Demoralizing corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and/or hire people who come with a strong sales background, not necessarily from the health care industry



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