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Merck Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
1,208 Reviews
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1,208 Reviews
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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.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (more than an 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
  2.  

    No job stability, emotionally draining.

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gets in its own way.

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    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
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  5.  

    Pharmaceutical Representative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Teamwork is important and doctors appreciate the samples.

    Cons

    Training program is not represented correctly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be upfront when bringing in new hires and make sure they know that their test scores have to be above a 90.

  6.  

    good company, but regular layoffs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Great benefits, including telework; offers training and pays for attending conferences

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement; regular layoffs

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture

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    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
  8.  

    High quality likable people. Poor senior leadership and Company direction

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I work with daily are great hard-working individuals who do genuinely care about the quality of their work and the product that leaves the door. They understand that the product is for the people of the world and will never sacrifice quality to make an extra dollar. A tremendous amount of data is available from multiple systems that are harmonized. The work-life balance is attainable.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is more concerned with attaining KPIs and schedule adherence than producing a high quality product that the customer expects. Professional development is lacking compared to it competitors where contributors are placed into positions that they has no experience or desire to pursue without prior knowledge of the transition in some cases. Majority of work day is spent in meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discover the people who work for you; their passions and desires, then put them into the right positions to flourish and blossom. It is easier to work on something that one is passionate about than to begrudgingly work to achieve an Sisyphean task, e.g. Wikipedia compared to Microsoft's Encarta.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Schering Plough was a GREAT place to work!

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    Former Employee - Suncare Sales Representative in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Suncare Sales Representative in Fort Walton Beach, FL

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

    Pros

    I DO NOT recommend working on the Consumer side.
    Very UNPROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP and Middle Management.

    Cons

    Transparency IS NOT a Leader behavior int the Consumer side of things with Merck.
    They manage by intimidation and manipulation. Always wanting more from Associates with the response "Just be happy you have a job"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at your middle management on the Consumer side as you have a large liability with Diana Haughey.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Merck - look elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New Brunswick, NJ

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

    Pros

    Large corporation with many job opportunities within one company. Good pay and significant training investment. Global opportunities. Healthcare is a noble field - doing good for others and solving healthcare issues.

    Cons

    Merck is also restrictive, old school, risk adverse and slow to respond. Lacks innovation, controlling, many approvals needed to act. Lacks pipeline for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    14 years from great to bad

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    Former Employee - Scientist II in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Kenilworth, NJ

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

    Pros

    Big pharma budget (in relative terms), GLP-like lab organization, opportunities for cross-training, remaining perks (decent vacation is the last one left)

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lack of foresight, poor R&D process, no clear vision, no long term plan. It is not clear how Merck intends to generate a healthy product pipeline with such erratic decision making over the last 7 years. The talent pool has been gutted through layoffs and brain drain (voluntary separations), processes were compromised through outsourcing to unproven CROs and decisions on feeding projects into pre-clinical research space have been stifled by the over-abundance of caution. In such risk-averse corporate culture, Merck would be well served to keep selling Coppertone as they are incapable of long-term commitment to investing in bringing new drugs on the market. Ironically, Merck divested themselves of the consumer products division, reportedly just to get some cash flow. Bad outlook.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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