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Merck Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
458 Reviews
3.0
458 Reviews
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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458 Ratings

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.  

    Good Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Excellent products, reputation, training, benefits...

    Cons

    Very conservative regarding marketing and budget allocations to do business (lunches, dinner programs, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new tactics to reach hard to access physicians

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very good but limiting in terms of promotions and pay

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Great products, innovative pipeline. Great access on managed care. Great managed care team. Somewhat ethical

    Cons

    Care less and less about employees, pay not industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave or retire so new talent can have a chance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over 15 years at Merck, with many opportunities and great colleagues, but an increasingly uninspriring work environment.

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    The mission of the company is great, some good scientists still remain, and Merck has the resources and infrastructure of a large multinational company.

    Cons

    Morale in the research division is poor because of job insecurity and because nearly all decisions must be elevated to the highest levels. Job insecurity seems to be contributing to a more political environment, a lack of engagement among employees, poor behavior by managers/VPs, and a reluctance for people to speak up..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management of MRL: get your message across with a less condescending tone. Get feedback on effectiveness of VPs from their staff members and act on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Used to be a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Executive Customer Representative in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Executive Customer Representative in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The pay was pretty good, they had great science, good benefits.

    Cons

    They are laying people off too often these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to a plan and engage your employees, not just the shareholders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging and stressful with difficulty establishing work life balance.

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    Former Employee - Executive Professional Representative
    Former Employee - Executive Professional Representative

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Exceptional career with potential for a variety of experiences

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult. Not a 9-5 job. Working frequently in the evening. Unable to advance to a new position if upper administration feels the time is not right due to a market event.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management including managers should work as a rep to obtain a realistic view of job responsibilities

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

    Lot of growth opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Rahway, NJ

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Focus on training and development. Lot of opportunities to try new things and grow. Good work life balance. Strong emphasis on education.

    Cons

    Office culture is skeptical of management. Lot of cost cutting and position eliminations over past several years. Low salaries compared to other pharma companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people for performance. Provide more advancement opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good place to work considering the size

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Lansdale, PA

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

    Pros

    I have worked at Merck for 14 years in the IT organization and have been blessed with really good direct managers throughout that time. They have always been good about providing training including class room on and off site and online. When i became a manager I was immediately required to take a five day management leadership course, for example. They have allowed me a good bit of autonomy to determine my own day-to-day as well as longer term objectives in alignment with business objectives. Plenty of structure, but plenty of flexibility within the structure

    Cons

    over the past 10 years, with reorganizations, mergers, and layoffs, coming nearly yearly, there's a perpetual feeling that your days are numbered. For many of the reorganizations that have led to layoffs, there's very little input from mid-level management about who or which positions are eliminated which tends to lead to good people being let go sometimes in droves, while mediocre to poor performers may still be employed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve mid-level management more in company strategic planning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Merck PR

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good company, good benefits, good employer

    Cons

    bureaucracy, slow at change, conservative culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Transitional from merger

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Benefits, good peers to work with

    Cons

    Uncertainty, no stability and yearly layoffs add to pressure

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, the salary and benefits were excellent; sales environment ever changing; high stress

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    Former Employee - Executive Customer Representative in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Executive Customer Representative in Harrisburg, PA

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Salary & benefits; leadership more involved than in previous years

    Cons

    Continual transition and change; expectations that were highly subjective and not always realistic; company's focus continues to be on developing weaknesses than utilizing strengths... so frustration sets in; constant down-sizing and team changes; opportunities for advancement/promotion slim

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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