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Project Manager

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Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

Pros

Good salary and benifits. Work life balance

Cons

uncertainty with layoffs and the company direction forward

Advice to ManagementAdvice

stabilize the work environment

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Not the same company it used to be

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    Current Employee - Market Research  in  Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Market Research in Lansdale, PA

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

    Pros

    Decent base salary. Good health benefits. 75% 401k match up to 6% of salary. There are quite a few people that work here who are smart, care about the work they do and work hard.

    Cons

    Bonus opportunity is pretty lousy for a "leading" company that makes money hand over fist in a highly regulated (you can read this as "protected") industry. Mid-level management seems to be under constant pressure due to reductions in the size of the company. Maybe it's because I have been here a while now (10-20 years) and just happen to see more, but it seems that over the past few years, middle managers are out to constantly market themselves and promote their invented best practices and busywork to higher levels while directing the actions of those reporting to them in single-minded support of making their boss look good. It's become very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the cuts you are going to make and get it over with. The constant axe hanging over everyone's head for the past few years is very demotivating and distracting. Get in touch with employees at more levels of the company - some of the middle layers are completely out for themselves, clearly don't do what is in the best interest of the company and should be removed. However, there is no opportunity to call these people out, and their poor behavior is rewarded by upper levels of management that don't seem to be paying attention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Cross-functional role within the IT organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  North Wales, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Wales, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The appearance of Industry leading health care benefits. Merck does match 401k, well managed plan. Cafeteria, gym.

    Cons

    Nasty political environment. Change avoidance, not safe to speak up, territorial Managers who disdain innovation and creative ideas from subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Educate HR to support Company initiatives, such as Safe to Speak Up. Senior Executives should receive same service levels as every employee. Sell helicopter fleet, bad for morale.

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