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Schering Plough is a tough workplace, but the money is good

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Current Employee - Associate Manager  in  Kenilworth, NJ
Current Employee - Associate Manager in Kenilworth, NJ

I have been working at Merck

Pros

Remuneration - Salary compensation (as part of the pharmaceutical industry) is above average. People looking to increase their compensation should consider positions within pharma.

Cons

Combative environment - Due to some difficult events about six years ago, the culture of Schering Plough has changed. Unfortunately, these changes have had a negative influence on the culture, however has allowed the company (in revenue terms) to prosper.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Sell the company and allow people to make decisions about moving on.

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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    Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Summit, NJ

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Compensation is higher than industry average.

    There is very little chance of termination for incompetence

    It is nearly impossible to be uniquesly responsible for failure.

    Work hours are not excessive

    Cons

    Very little overall technical competence

    Demonstrated excellence is largely ignored

    The decision-making process is ridiculous

    It is an unispiring environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some ownershipand value those that do show it. Stop celebrating simple execution of job responsibilities and start creating some challenges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Merck is a realtively good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    The company does provide opportunities to grow, and many managers support rotations throughout different parts of the organization. Merck pays well.

    Cons

    1) I can't say roles and responsibilities are always clear -- too many people trying to create busy work; Merck is definitely over resourced in some areas.
    2) Management, especially middle management, is not well experience, seasoned, nor mature. They create a lot of overhead to justify their roles in the system.
    3) Direction from management is never clear. Initiaitives from management will make their way down through the system, and they middle management spin to understand how to deliver a product of value. Perhaps point 2 contributes to the problem again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clear direction to your employees; top-down guidance is critical for large initiatives (long range planning, budgeting) and for smaller projects. Clearly define the objective of the initiative and what the end state should look like.

    Approves of CEO
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