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Former Employee - Associate Scientist (Band B) in Union, NJ
Former Employee - Associate Scientist (Band B) in Union, NJ

I worked at Merck

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

proud of personal accomplishments allowed time to work on. good benefits. good 401k plans.

Cons

do not promote from within, always go outside for management positions. not alot of opportunity to for self growth via outside seminars/events etc

Advice to Management

more appreciation towards employees, more ample rewards for job well done.

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  1. Merck and Large Pharmas Best Days Are Behind Them!

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Rahway, NJ

    I have been working at Merck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I've worked with some of the BEST talent in chemical engineering, analytical research, and process chemistry during my 33+ years at Merck. Merck has a generous benefits package including a defined pension, 401K match, and health benefits. Merck has a 100% tuition assistance program for obtaining advanced degrees. They offer a 2-year PhD program that allows you to go to school full time for two years so you can complete your PhD research thesis. Many rotational assignments are offered so you can move through different working groups and projects to gain "hands on" experience

    Cons

    Merck has not been a growth comapny for over ten years. It sales and revenues continue to fall. Over the last five years 20,000 employee positions have been cut world wide. With the Merck-Schering Plough Merger (4Q2009) an additional 20% of the combined companies head count will be cut resulting in an additiional 20,000+ staff reductions. More cuts and plant closings are planned for 2010-2011.The drug pipeline is weak with several Phase III Compounds being discontinued and NDA's being withdrawn from FDA review. Several key drugs are coming off patent in 2010 and 2012. Many research jobs and drug production is being shifted to India and China.

    Advice to Management

    Where is the positive culture change you promised after the first round of layoffs? You were suppose to put the patient first. Retain top scientific talent and reward long term high performance and dedication.


  2. Merck's Inability to integrate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Merck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Best pay and amenities. Good stock plan Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Very constraining. Management is so stiff that they rarely make informed decisions. People from different departments were thoroughly demotivated to work. Most of the labs are empty.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen and have procedures to curtail abuses by middle management, especially IT and the way it interacts with Scientists


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