Merck

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Interesting research, good science culture, not such great social culture

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Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Rahway, NJ
Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Rahway, NJ

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

Pros

-Science culture is very strong (I work in R&D)
-Very smart people and generally good management (at least in my dept) that allows you the freedom to operate and design your own experiments.
-Great benefits and salary is pretty good too
-Relatively high departmental budgets that let you buy new "toys" when you need them.

Cons

-It's a HUGE company and that slows it down (red-tape, management decision making is slow)
-Although good science is done, there is a serious fear of change,especially since merger
-Merck as a company does not handle layoffs very well: very little transparency
-Bonuses are given at random with no meritocracy
-Practically no social culture (the company even admits that in its internal scorecard)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more transparent and flexible. Adapt or die.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
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    Technologically behind

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    Former Employee - Tech in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Tech in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good 401(k) match, reasonable vacation and sick schedules, open to flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    lots of changes, big bureaucratic processes, pay cut for me, incredibly slow networks, computers and ancient technology overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    outsourcing all central services creates so many headaches

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Solid "big" company

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Lansdale, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Lansdale, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - opportunities to work with some very bright and motivated people
    - scientific excellence and solid products
    - lots of resources provided you are on a high-priority project

    Cons

    - still some "dead wood" hanging around and not pulling weight; lives in the glory days
    - very process-oriented which can get in the way of rapid decision-making and innovation
    - career development often times capricious

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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