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Current Employee - Associate Scientist
Current Employee - Associate Scientist

I have been working at Merck full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Brilliant scientists, great benefits, lots of paid time off, flexibility, encourage and reward hard work and development, perfect opportunity to combine the mental work with physical work. Raises and promotions can be earned!

Cons

There is some politics in promotions: don't want newer people jumping more tenured employees, but if one works hard, gains knowledge, and gets outside of the comfort zone, it will happen. Raises and promotions are not given, they are earned.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep the promising employees by rewarding them BEFORE they look elsewhere!

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    Transitioning

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Good mission, vision, and culture intention
    Pockets of extremely talented people

    Cons

    Massive amounts of transition
    Lots of bueracracy
    Senior Managers seems to be in self preservation mode
    Focused on financials only; lost their way with respect to people and mission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk; Need to continue to invest in the cultural elements as the innovative and collaborative culture is eroding quickly. Don't forget to treat people with dignity and respect on the way in, while at the company and on the way out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    14 years from great to bad

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    Former Employee - Scientist II in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Kenilworth, NJ

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big pharma budget (in relative terms), GLP-like lab organization, opportunities for cross-training, remaining perks (decent vacation is the last one left)

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lack of foresight, poor R&D process, no clear vision, no long term plan. It is not clear how Merck intends to generate a healthy product pipeline with such erratic decision making over the last 7 years. The talent pool has been gutted through layoffs and brain drain (voluntary separations), processes were compromised through outsourcing to unproven CROs and decisions on feeding projects into pre-clinical research space have been stifled by the over-abundance of caution. In such risk-averse corporate culture, Merck would be well served to keep selling Coppertone as they are incapable of long-term commitment to investing in bringing new drugs on the market. Ironically, Merck divested themselves of the consumer products division, reportedly just to get some cash flow. Bad outlook.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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