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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

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

Appreciation is often more highly rated than monetary advancement.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Whitehouse Station, NJ

    I worked at Merck

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    merck allows you to grow as an individual. the work was not too challenging or demanding and the work life balance was fair

    Cons

    the work could some times get really boring and repetitive. communication amongst management could be hard if you didn't know how to handle it

    Advice to Management

    the work could some times get really boring and repetitive. communication amongst management could be hard if you didn't know how to handle it

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