Merck

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Merck Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
1,213 Reviews
3.2
1,213 Reviews
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Restoring itself to greatness

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

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

    Pros

    Strong focus on doing what"s right and helping patients.

    Cons

    Compensation is low, demands are high and HR is only interested in trying to tell people how good they have it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change end of year evaluation process to allow outstanding performance to be rewarded. The current system undermines team work when only one or two people can be seen as the "winners" and everyone else is rated as "meets expectations" or even "below expectations" to meet a predefined curve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good, overall

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Very talented pool of people.

    Cons

    Diminishing benefits and going through personnel reductions at the moment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great atmosphere, relaxed, easy going clean ,great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaucetical Operator in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Pharmaucetical Operator in Kenilworth, NJ

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

    Pros

    Excellent salary,good benefits, chance for advancement.

    Cons

    massive lay off, no recalls,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Management in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Management in Kenilworth, NJ

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

    Pros

    Most of the people who work here are still very committed to the idea that they are working towards providing good medicine for the benefit of the people. There is an ideal that your work matters to people all over the world. Colleagues tend to collaborate well with others and are very respectful. Overall, it is a good environment to work in.

    Cons

    Cooperation and congeniality differs among departments. Therefore, the work environment can differ drastically. Work-life balance depends on your boss. Despite the fact that the company offers great flex benefits, employees are at the mercy of their boss. HR supports management completely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open minded when employees voice concerns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very challenging work

    • 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

    Pros

    You get to learn new technologies, and interact with a variety of positions/skill sets.

    Cons

    Long hours, minimum time to complete projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep celebrating the accomplishments

  7.  

    Great Company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Excellent benefits! Great people to work with, friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Too much change, too often.

  8.  

    Fantastic!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Best company to work for!!!

    Cons

    Distance from home and traffic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good work environment and worked with awesome people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Everything was always under control, my work and life balance we're above par.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of, some tough work days but very rewarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

  10.  

    Fair volatile

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    The Compensation plan is broad

    Cons

    Job security is always a concern

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change metrics to better assess employee value

  11.  

    Union Administrative Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Union Administrative in North Wales, PA
    Former Employee - Union Administrative in North Wales, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working environment is like most other companies ... supported a great group of managers and associate directors. A lot of work on our plates with headcount reduction, never a dull moment. Loved the gym, cafeteria and daily vendors.

    Cons

    It's a great place to work as long as your badge lets you in - the culture of worrying about our jobs is getting old.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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