Merck Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Fast-paced Type-A Environment

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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 full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large company so lots of opportunities to develop and grow into different roles

    Cons

    Streamlining operations before processes are in place which means more work for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Lean processes need to be put in place first, change management is extremely lacking

  2. labeling specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    great pay, work from home

    Cons

    training is awful. department needs structure.

    Advice to Management

    learn how to take the time to train your people. get some structure within the department.

  3. Decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Durham, NC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work if you have a strong skill set and can contribute very soon after you are hired. Individuals who offer a lot of ability early in their relationship with company do very well. Those individuals make the best wages and get the best advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Like most Big Pharmas, there is always a chance that there could be workforce reductions.

    Advice to Management

    Company or at least at my site has too many people in leadership who are ill suited for their positions. Lack of understanding causes problems within the organization. Employees understand that you don't know everything but getting defensive because you get exposed isn't helpful for either side.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not the same Merck anymore

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working 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

    Constantly challenging & pushing your comfort zones. You will never be bored. Lots of opportunity to learn new things to add to your skill sets,

    Cons

    Lots of turnover & steady rounds of cuts have left the survivors trying to manage a lot of work. Outsourcing is not always effective, but there is a lot of it. Difficult environment for growth opportunities.

  6. Working at Merck was great, I worked with some great individuals.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people I worked with

    Cons

    Sometimes it felt like too much administrative stuff and less productivity

  7. IT Project Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager

    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

    Competitive pay for industry standard.

    Cons

    Entire culture of company lacks communication.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with all levels of staff.

  8. Helpful (2)

    The "Old Merck" is gone

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Scientist in West Point, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Merck traditionally has had both good pay and good benefits. Because things change so much, you can work on different projects and learn new things.

    Cons

    The atmosphere is very political which can make it very difficult to get promoted. There has also been historically, and even more so now, a lot of change. You probably won't be with one manager for long. The current state is one of flux with more lay-offs in the works. Much lower job stability than in the past. Overall Merck used to be a pretty good place to work, but the "Old Merck" is gone for good I think, much more business oriented and less interested in developing new products and in good science.

    Advice to Management

    I know the company is not in business to lose money or fail, but you have made such sweeping changes, this is not the same company any more. Do you still want to develop new drugs and vaccines in-house or just intend to buy it all from other companies...?

  9. Good company on a decline

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Great work life balance benefits

    Cons

    Not much room for promotion and personal development

  10. Sr. Vaccine Specialty Representative

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative II in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative II in Houston, TX

    I worked at Merck

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

    Pros

    Very difficult to meet expectations bur supportive Managers help make the difference.

    Cons

    Trying to reinvent the wheel under minding what the representative work that has been put in place in order to meet new expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to the ones who want to be with the company and not to much time on those who do not.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Cares more for making money than their employees, but, makes some amazing vaccines, and really cares about the patients.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Family feel working at a small sight, good bonus when company does well

    Cons

    Too many meetings for managers, Managers making decisions without consulting the people who actually perform the work. Over worked employees. Health benefits suck now.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of taking care of your employees. Look at Biogen, SAS, United Therapeutics, EMC, Cisco, Google etc. Find the young professionals that want to make improvements and get them going and learning. Train and retain your talent before it is too late.

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