Merck
3.2 of 5 1,052 reviews
www.merck.com Whitehouse Station, NJ 5000+ Employees

Merck Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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3.2 1,051 reviews

                             

56% Approve of the CEO

Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier

Kenneth C. Frazier

(381 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Rahway, NJ

    ProsChallenging 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.

    ConsMoral 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 Senior ManagementConsider 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You get what you put in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work life balance and good pay/benefits

    ConsPolitical culture can be hard to navigate

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Assistant Scientist (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop use of contract labor who have no benefits and must leave once they are trained.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Merck has seen significant setbacks and is making tough choices.

    Operations Manager (Former Employee)
    West Point, PA

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

    ConsHard to get pay increase even when accepting more responsibility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMinimal annual increase does not cover growing cost of living.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    North Wales, PA

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

    ConsMany, many organizational changes too quickly and close together.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work; excellent colleagues

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt's an organized company with well-defined job roles. My co-workers were smart and motivated.

    ConsThere was lots of uncertainty with reorganization and budget cuts were apparent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic place to work

    Director (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsState-of-the art facilities, and top-notch colleagues. Great flexible work arrangements (though that to some extent depends on the nature of your job and the flexibility of your manager). Great focus on employee safety and wellness, and on employee development.

    ConsFrequent corporate reorganizations are a pain. Layoffs can be very demoralizing, but for the most part have affected other sites, not Boston.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop reorganizing!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosmy environment was positive, Great

    ConsI worked with great people noting negative

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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    Best Company Culture I Experienced in My 19-Years Career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Summit, NJ

    Pros1. Fantastic work environment
    2. Focus on employee development
    3. Great benefits

    Cons1. Consumer Care division being sold to the highest bidder
    2. Bonus policy is terrible - no payment if less than 95% of the target is achieved; only 50% of the bonus is paid if 95% of the target is achieved, progressing gradually to 100% of the bonus if 100% of the target is achieved.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Review the bonus policy - it is quite demoralizing to work very hard, achieve 94% largely due to factors outside of our immediate control (such as weather) and get nothing.
    2. Don't sell the Consumer Care division. Invest in it instead.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of appreciation for off-shift personnel

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay is decent. Relatively flexible shifts. They have excellent education benefits. For the most part you have great co-workers. Have paid time off.

    ConsUnless you are on day shift, you can forget getting any recognition or appreciation, no matter what you do or how much money you save the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe off shifts do as much as days with half the people recognize them more.

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