Merck Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
1,166 Reviews
3.1
1,166 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 120 reviews)

  • Good benefits and still have a pension program in addition to the 401k (in 92 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction (in 29 reviews)

  • Upper management take care of each other creating the perception of insularity (in 44 reviews)

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  1.  

    Many opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities to explore without changing employers

    Cons

    Has been going through repeated significant layoffs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had a long and enjoyable career at Merck.

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits. Growth within company is dependent on what you put into the job and your efforts to expand your know of Merck.

    Cons

    Uncertainty of work due to the constant work force reductions going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need input from many not just immediate management when terminating an employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work. But it is old school Corporate America

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Work flexibility, pay, intelligent colleagues, potential for extremely rapid career progression

    Cons

    Office Politics, shrinking workforce, declining potential for career advancement outside of the chosen few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of the culture being created by current management decisions. Many employees do what is best for them personally, not what is best for the company. I have hear too many leaders partially justify an "iffy" decision (in jest of course) that they will not be in position when the consequences of the decision become apparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Emp;oyment review

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Summit, NJ

    I have been working at Merck as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company and products. Co-workers in QC departament were fantastic.

    Cons

    Its's ashame the company had to downsize ites products and employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent place to work...figure out how to get what you need.

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist

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

    Pros

    Brilliant scientists, great benefits, lots of paid time off, flexibility, encourage and reward hard work and development, perfect opportunity to combine the mental work with physical work. Raises and promotions can be earned!

    Cons

    There is some politics in promotions: don't want newer people jumping more tenured employees, but if one works hard, gains knowledge, and gets outside of the comfort zone, it will happen. Raises and promotions are not given, they are earned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the promising employees by rewarding them BEFORE they look elsewhere!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Financial Analyst

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

    I worked at Merck full-time (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

  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    Big-company setting, great salary and benefits

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    Former Employee - Senior Medical Writer in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Medical Writer in Kenilworth, NJ

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

    Pros

    Remote work was encouraged, pay was great, and there were many good colleagues. The benefits package was solid. I was one of many remote workers--this was part of the culture at the time. Reviews were fair if constrained, and raises were regular.

    Cons

    Typical big-company bureaucracy; everything took forever. Workflow was highly regulated--there was little room for process improvement. It was like riding a brontosaurus! You got there, but slowly. We had rather outdated software due to 10Ks of users--and when we got them,updates took a long time. IT support was offshored and largely ineffectual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be supportive in helping employees with teamwork, especially when dealing with superiors. It could be difficult to get higher-ups to contribute, yet we were responsible for product timelines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    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

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