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Associate Scientist

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Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Summit, NJ
Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Summit, NJ

I worked at Merck

Pros

Overall the company was a nice place to work but the department I worked for had management problems.

Cons

Depends on the department, no room for growth and did not show appreciation for work well done.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Appreciation is often more highly rated than monetary advancement.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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    Merck is a good place to work with great benefits

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    Former Employee - Staffing Consultant in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Former Employee - Staffing Consultant in Whitehouse Station, NJ

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Merck's benefits are excellent and cheap. Medical plans are heavily subsidized by the employer, with little out of pocket contribution from the employee (as compared to other Fortune 500 companies). Merck provides internal advancement opportunities. Work / Life balance can be good, but there are a lot of employees who routinely work 10+ hours per day at Whitehouse Station. As always, this varies by department / business. The Whitehouse Station HQ is a very nice facility with amenities (fitness center, health center, coffee shop, gift shop, etc). Even though it's no longer the go-go 80's, profit margins are still strong and cash flow is good. This enables Merck to invest in new technologies and make acquisitions.

    Cons

    SAP implementation is a huge boondoggle. The company cannot seem to stay out of the headlines. Long-timers give off the sense that everyone should want to work at Merck, so they don't make an effort to attract new talent. Novel R&D doesn't seem to be a priority, new products will probably come through acquisition rather than internal research. There is a lot of dead wood at Merck, just waiting for their full pension to kick in. There's a lot of "Merck knows best" attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead wood. Kill the COMET project (SAP) before you waste another billion dollars. Provide for larger raises for top performers, so they don't fall behind those outside Merck and become flight risks. Communicate, communicate.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    On balance, a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitehouse Station, NJ

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits; lots of growth and developmental opportunities just given sheer size of co., which is even larger now that Merck has swallowed up Schering-Plough.

    Cons

    Passive-aggressive culture - slow to change, but appears to be moving in the right direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus on what matters most.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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