Merck

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

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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
Approves of CEO

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    Staff Engineer

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Performance and reward is offend times not correlated appropriately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend management have a renewed focus on employee development and mentorship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Use to be great

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

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

    Pros

    Strong sense of community (feels like family),
    Strong business ethics,
    Great day care on premises,
    Management can be good mentors and offer good advice,
    Employees are very smart and kind.

    Cons

    Opportunity/ Promotion is non-existant (I've personally been rated at the top of my level for 5 years straight, with constant promises for promotion but no action- there's always an excuse).
    Yearly salary increases have become a joke. Average in 2011 was 1.8%.
    Often given a lot of responsibility and expected to over deliver, but not empowered to make the decisions/ changes necessary.
    Little management support.
    With the current environment (layoffs, numerous reorgs, understaffed area, etc), people have become distrusting, frustrated, and difficult to work with. Many have lost their passion for their job.
    Benefits declining over recent years.
    Technology is way behind industry norm.
    Over worked in multiple areas, no resources, starting to see a lot of negative impact to the business and processes. Concerned for future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know there is focus on down sizing to keep the company stable, but there needs to be swift and immediate attention to retaining talent and motivating employees. These are critical pieces to the future success of the company!

    No opinion of CEO
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