Merck

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A Mixed Bag

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Boston, MA

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

Pros

Good benefits; salary is somewhat competitive; historically a good brand name.

Cons

Never ending layoffs; practically zero opportunities for advancement; profits are mediocre.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make Merck a great place to work again.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    It's not what it used to be...

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    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Leader in North Wales, PA
    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Leader in North Wales, PA

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

    Pros

    Getting to work with Top Calibre people, generally committed to doing the right thing.
    Strong desire to put customers first.
    Openness to innovate and try new things.

    Cons

    Chronic restructuring and layoffs, lack of real growth limit career advancement, are stifling innovation and collaboration. The company is still Recovering from a unsuccessful merger and weak short term pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to do a better job on people management, morale is really bad - can't believe this is the same Merck I joined out of school. Losing banding, titles, compensation, offices - all that gave people a sense of accomplishment is not the way to return to growth and greatness. Watch out for procurement and hr strategies that are short term focused. They are destroying the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Merck has a great brand name in the industry, a great legacy of excellent products, and good management overall. The CEO is a great guy from what I can tell in a few brief presentations, but there are numerous challenges to the company. If you're a female or a minority this is the place for you - they aggressively hire and try to promote minorities and females (on the other hand, if you're a white male competing against a minority female for a job and she's qualified you won't have a chance of winning the promotion).

    Cons

    After being named a top place to work in the 1990s with well-respected management Merck & Co., Inc. has gradually descended to consistently producing mediocre financial results with seemingly never-ending mass layoffs - while also being shackled by one legal issue after another. People in this industry love litigation, so everything about this industry involves awareness of countless state and federal laws. Along with the lackluster financial results, the corporate culture has taken a beating. Unfortunately, it's become a routine expectation for a wave of layoffs to occur every 18-24 months which impairs employee loyalty. Consequently, I'd estimate at least 50% of employees are looking around for other opportunities. I'd only consider working at Merck if you're absolutely passionate about a particular job opportunity here or just want "Merck" on your resume. Bear in mind it's a tenuous employment situation at this company probably for at least the next 2-3 years and you could be let go any given November in a layoff for no particular reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate faster by acquiring new technologies outside our lab. Shed extraneous costs carefully.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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