Merck Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
1,114 Reviews

3.1
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions (in 112 reviews)

  • Large Company; good benefits; opportunity to learn new preocesses (in 84 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction (in 27 reviews)

  • Upper management is only concerned with how much product goes out the door (in 41 reviews)

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    Financial Analyst

    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Supportive, flexible environment. Access to braod range of scients who were open and interactive. Was also allowed to attend company sponsored software training.

    Cons

    The biggest drawback was what seemed to be a lack of background research/preparation for the project. the research area seems to have been new to the group and the project was not novel which presented many limitations

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Merck was a great place to grow and learn the pharmaceutical industry.

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    Former Employee - Operations, Specialist  in  West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Operations, Specialist in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Your chances to advance was dependent on your efforts and abilities. I was compensated extremely well for the work I did.

    Cons

    The merge with Schering was a bad corporate move that lead to the massive work force reductions that Merck is going through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to continue to invest in R&D and not rely on buying out or licensing with other companies for their product(s).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great benefits, top talent, good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Merck is stable company in which to work, comfortable environment. It is functional and family friendly. Some ability to travel the world

    Cons

    Merck has been downsizing lately. Non corporate sites could take years for your career to advance. Banding and levels mark your salary ranges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get site count/ headcount under control. Let employees know you are investing in their future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    my experience at Merck has been a good experience, learned thing i never thought I would have learned before.

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    Current Employee - Merck/Ess  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Merck/Ess in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Merck as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    that you get to network and meet all types of peolpe and learn new things that could take you any were

    Cons

    if you work for a contractor just hope its the right one

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to have a say so of what the contractors get paid because you get what you pay for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Compensation and environment are good

    Cons

    Nothing is that bad, everyone can grow

  7.  

    You get what you put in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work life balance and good pay/benefits

    Cons

    Political culture can be hard to navigate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Standards

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, incredible learning opportunities, colleagues make the day easier. Structures for tasks are distributed well and consistency is ensured through many processes of the workstream.

    Cons

    Moral is low due to the pressures of absorbing multiple job roles due to the reduction in employees. During this integration era, a lot is expected to be learned and a lot is expected to be unlearned and refocused on top of the normal work day while ensuring the normal day to day activities are not missed. People are expected to absorb these additional job roles within their already full time job roles creating a stressful environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the impact of the additional work on the current employees and consider the pay that is lacking with the absorption. I realize times are tight but the added stress is really giving people a hard attitude toward the company. Perhaps rewards be given for this recognition. People need to be acknowledged for their doubled and tripled efforts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Merck has seen significant setbacks and is making tough choices.

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large company with many resources and training. Amazing new medicine on the way.

    Cons

    Hard to get pay increase even when accepting more responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Minimal annual increase does not cover growing cost of living.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Scientist

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    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great training program, and opportunities for professional growth, if one keeps busy grasping for the chance.

    Cons

    Too much internal politics and strings being pulled for a chosen few who are related to each other or for "brown nosers."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop use of contract labor who have no benefits and must leave once they are trained.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at Merck was a positive one, filled with many opportunities to work with The Best of the Best!

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  North Wales, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in North Wales, PA

    I worked at Merck as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits are great, earning potential is great, personal growth can be achieved as well depending on one's background.

    Cons

    Many, many organizational changes too quickly and close together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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