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Generally good place to work, but continuously downsizing since 2003 - forget about work-life balance.

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Current Employee - Manager  in  San Juan, PR
Current Employee - Manager in San Juan, PR

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

Pros

- Good place to get solid experience in manufacturing environment, great place for recent grads to work.
- Highly ethical in practices and policies. Driving to consistency across the board in policies and procedures
- Promote employee speaking up (courage and candor)
- Compensation, though reduced, is within market ranges

Cons

- Very elitist and level conscious leaders. Recent compensation restructuring was oriented toward keeping executives and high level officials well-paid, all other professionals were stuffed in general buckets, reducing salary ranges, performance bonuses and long term incentives (non existent below management level).
- Continuous downsizing since about 2003, each year depts must provide headcount reductions with significant increases in workload (no workload analysis allowed). The workload has become ridiculous - absolutely no work-life balance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Comprehensive workload analysis must be conducted prior to setting unrealistic headcount reduction targets. Quality has suffered and will continue suffering because of this.
- Talent retention is non-existent - general perception is that management and senior executives believe employees should just feel lucky to have a job.
- Get over yourselves - you're employees (though much better paid) like everyone else.

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    Great Company!

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in West Point, PA

    I have been working at Merck as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    All in all, it's a great company with great pay and benefits. The pay is competative as to internship. People here are nice. The enviroment is good. Opportunities for further development are a lot.

    Cons

    Not really. Haven't found any yet. The only thing may be that the company is so big that it sometimes takes a while when processing documents.

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    Merck Research Laboratories is a great place to work with flex hours and strong sense of community.

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    Former Employee - Medicinal Chemist  in  Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Medicinal Chemist in Rahway, NJ

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The facilities are top notch. There is an onsite gym with complimentary gym clothes wash and dry. There are flexible work hours to accommodate people with families or who need to adopt an early or late schedule. There is a strong sense of community there and the feel is that people are happy to work there. There is also a shuttle from the NJ Transit -Rahway station to the Rahway site so taking public transportation is easy.

    Cons

    At the time, there were only 2 weeks of vacation, but I believe that has changed to make it more competitive with other companies. The onsite gym membership is not free but comparable to outside gym membership.

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