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Great mid-size pharma

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Merck

Pros

the company had good benefits and competitive salaries, assignments allowed opportunities for further growth. For its size, the company had a decent revenue stream. good place to start your career and to learn

Cons

the company had its ups and downs the most recent one from losing a key product in Vytorin due to a small clinical trial. CEO Fred Hassan ended-up selling the company at the great bottom of the financial crisis to another behemoth company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your employees and not as much to the Wall Street

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    Merck not what it used to be in the ways that matter

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing  in  North Wales, PA
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in North Wales, PA

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits not what they used to be, but still good relative to many companies. Managing to be relatively successful, in a difficult industry, despite many patent expirations.

    Cons

    Management "talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk" when it comes to being customer-focused, taking appropriate risks, diversity of ideas and employee engagement. George Merck's quote to "remember the patients" is long forgotten. Decision-making is highly controlled and priorities are never set, therefore trying to execute on every idea that comes along. Probably not done downsizing, which leads to increasingly difficult working conditions (long hours and unrealistic expectations). Career tracks are gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train middle managers and support them, but hold them accountable for the unnecessary pain they are causing your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Conservative company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People at Merck are very nice. That's that part I like the most

    Cons

    Some managers are not the best and that really affects morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and try to know your people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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