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Senior Research Chemist

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Former Employee - Senior Research Chemist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
Former Employee - Senior Research Chemist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

Pros

High research standards Interesting projects

Cons

The company undergoes constant reorganization

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get stability in the research departments

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    I work as a Quality Assurance Supervisor

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    Current Employee - QA Supervisor in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - QA Supervisor in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    Merck has a great working environtment and the company really cares about employee's career

    Cons

    The overload jobs and it is very difficult to ask more people because of the limited head count

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be more wise to manage their potential employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    lack of transparancy and favoritism harm employee trust-poor pay-high employee turn over

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    Current Employee - Production Technician
    Current Employee - Production Technician

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I used to be able to say a relatively stable work environment, however with severe downsizing, head count freezes for several years and several sites being shut, that's no longer the case.
    since the site i work at is not in the US or Europe, and there's relatively few large employers here, this is one of the few big fish in a rather desolate sea.

    Safety is a big priortiy, and everyone's safety concious

    Cons

    -Corperate strategies rarely make it to the 'shop floor' and if they do, they don't have buy in from middle management, creating haphazard at best initaves that are doomed to fail.

    -Lack of transparancy in pay reviews and obvious favortism to others, getting double diget increases for gound level work, because they've been given the opportunity to 'expand' within thier roles, while others not only are just forgotten, but are 'squeezed' call it efficency drives but trying to get more from staff without investing more resoucres, ie time/support from other teams upstream/downstream- it is IMPOSSIBLE to achive 'at standard' when the bar is already set higher for you than others, let alone 'excellence'

    -High staff turn over rate, especially those that aren't 'trapped' by morgages or are highly mobile staff.

    -Poor staff moral accross the site. The majority of people are downtrodden, and are ground down like the nib of a pencil that you are still trying to use-depite it being too small. Forget about the employee engagement survey the results of the higher corperates iniatives don't reach the ground floor

    -Little cross team on the job training - There are limited opportunties to learn new skills.
    Exteral training is very rare and little investment is put into the human capital of the site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have little interaction with corporate, much of my interactions are with mid level site managers, and much of them have ingrained ideas, and an inflexibilty that shows.

    There's a fine line between meddling and interferring in the minute details and abandoning the team with no communication and planning.

    Basically as a direct in line manager be SEEN, don't say that the sky is falling at every little thing, trust your employees to do their jobs-at the same time when things go wrong don't be accusatory.
    Treat your employees in 'good faith' it goes a long way.
    Treat your employees with an even hand, no suprizes or shadow games, no favorites. Communication is key.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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