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Merck Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
1,212 Reviews
3.2
1,212 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    CCM-GP

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to begin your career. Brilliant people to work with. Competitive salary and benefits. Flexible work schedule. With regards to the GP team, very good communication and acceptance to new ideas.

    Cons

    Very hard to move to other opportunities within the company or get promoted unless you know the right people. It's who you know rather than what you know. With this said, will likely outgrow the company with in five years. Health benefits are good, but getting worse every year. Finance department has a reputation of pulling people into large scale high profile projects and then laying them off after successful implementation. Huh!! Finance tends to promote inexperienced people into director positions rather than promote experienced individuals who have been working in that capacity for 5+ years. Their philosophy is "a true leader can manage any area". Not working out so well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have an attorney run a drug company. Management needs to improve quick or they will continue to lose experienced people. Stop taking away benefits. You're a multi billion dollar company. You can afford it. Especially with all of the layoffs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great People to Work With (Nice Atmosphere), Lack of Upward Movement(s)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Compensated appropriately, Good departmental teamwork

    Cons

    Lack of training; workers are stretched so thin, they do not have the time to fully train new workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time out to adequately train new workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Quakity Control Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QC Manager in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - QC Manager in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    It used to be a very good enviroment to work in. The workers are great.

    Cons

    The human condition is not considered for the salary employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Merck Central Engineering (CE) Projects SHEQ Programs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Construction SHEQ Manager (Secondee) in Clifton, NJ
    Former Employee - Construction SHEQ Manager (Secondee) in Clifton, NJ

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    CE Project Managers are very knowledgeable of construction SHEQ requirements and related programs. Demonstrate commitment & support of SHEQ programs by active participation i& support of all site SHEQ related activities, as well as recognizing exceeding SHEQ performance expectations.

    Cons

    Plant commitment to SHEQ construction/major maintenance programs were not visibly demonstrated and often tolerated dual compliance standards by dis-regarding Plant Maintenance staff (often union personnel) violations of SHEQ work practices, working near by or adjacent to CE Projects contractor staffs. Site SHE personnel did not appear to have local site management support to properly address this matter.

    Corporate CE Projects SHE Manager (AP/Australia Expat) did not walk the talk (lead by example) SHEQ field compliance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address/remove Plant Maintenance staffs (especially union crews) non-compliant practices of proper SHEQ work practices.
    Ensure all Corporate Staff in Leadership positions are committed to be SHEQ champions by active leading by example & personally addressing SHEQ violations upon observation of such violations, as well as recognizing exceedances of SHEQ requirements /expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Contracting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Professional Representative in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Executive Professional Representative in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Its people. Everybody works very hard to try and pull the company out of its tailspin slide the last ten years.

    Cons

    Upper Management disconnected. The sales environment has changed. Product launches are not like the use to be “back in day.” Management has to understand that things take a little longer when launching. A lot less reps, a lot less resources, access is tough, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    patience.

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

    Used to be awesome, now is just ok

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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

    the inclusion work was meaningful and enabled a lot of great successes.
    Teamwork by and large was strong.

    Cons

    The whole "do more with less" philosophy ran a lot of good people out. Also, the 1.8% annual raises, for those who meet or exceed objectives, is really short sighted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    m

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Biologist in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Biologist in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pipeline is clearly conveyed. Excellent people to work with and learn from. Benefits are great and bonuses are better.

    Cons

    Company is clearly focused on the bottom line. Competitive and challenging place to work. The balance between work and home is hard to maintain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Engineer Review

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Point, PA

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of different areas to experience

    Cons

    Corporate culture. Not easy to make changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more leadership would go a long way

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

    New to Merck

    • 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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You work with a lot of diverse and brilliant people.
    The culture is changing and I think it's heading in the right direction.

    Cons

    Very complex structure. It takes a long time to understand the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up and keep up the push to innovate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company is no longer a great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, good 401k benefit.

    Cons

    Continued downsizing and moving IT jobs overseas. Not a great place if you want a career in IT. More work continues to be done by fewer people.

    Benefits continue to decline including pension which moves to a cash plan, employee contributions to medical and dental, education reimbursement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are cutting so deep that the knowledge walking out the door cannot easily be replaced. No longer an attractive place to work. A career has now turned into just a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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