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Merck ..a large pharmaceutical company with a top down approach...

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Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative
Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative

I worked at Merck full-time (More than 10 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Open to flexible job arrangements, good salary and benefits. Can be a great place to work depending on direct manager and division. There is a lot of variability in the quality of management!

Cons

Large corporation with a top down approach, not a lot of room for individual creativity. Legal aspects of the pharmaceutical industry have really impacted ability to drive results and the Sunshine Act is impacting ability to interact with key customers. Product launch and development has been less than ideal for the past 5-8 years and the future is questionable for at least the next 2-3 years.

Advice to Management

Retaining excellent performers should be a higher priority when downsizing and eliminating positions. The future of this company DEPENDS on having the best people not just what is easiest "legally" to do!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Merck is a good company to work for with strong ethics and values

    Cons

    The pharmaceutical industry is undergoing a lot of change and extremely restructuring is necessary for the big pharma companies to survive, Some may or may not be able to do this.

    Advice to Management

    make the change throughout the organizations


  2. Helpful (1)

    misdirected management

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Whitehouse, NJ
    Current Employee - Engineering in Whitehouse, NJ

    I have been working at Merck full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    still decent benefits. some empowerment for smaller things. the company is generous to the needy (free or discounted drugs).

    Cons

    Management's first priority appears to be promoting minorities. If you're a white male, don't bother applying. This strategy has left the company with leaders who can't lead, or develop a workable strategy. Their intent is to save their way to success, and the only way they know how to save is to layoff employees and outsource. "We have to cut costs to compete", yet Merck has built a new hanger to house their new larger jets. They talk empowerment, but everything gets approved by many layers of management and worse, committees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to chase racial & gender quotas. Focus on new drugs. Closing down Schering's successful research centers and keeping Merck's was a mistake.


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