Merck
3.2 of 5 1,052 reviews
www.merck.com Whitehouse Station, NJ 5000+ Employees

Merck Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.2 1,052 reviews

                             

56% Approve of the CEO

Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier

Kenneth C. Frazier

(381 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions"
    in 102 reviews
  • "Large Company; good benefits; opportunity to learn new preocesses"
    in 82 reviews
Cons:
  • "Employees who do not have work life balance tend to be rewarded"
    in 25 reviews
  • "Upper management is only concerned with how much product goes out the door"
    in 39 reviews
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    Figuring out how to exist

    Associate Marketing Director (Former Employee)
    North Wales, PA

    ProsClassically trained Marketers come out of Merck, if you were there before Schering Merger. Good example of how to market primary care products. If you are on the "A" list of talent, you have opportunity. Trying to figure out how to play in a world where there are not always blockbusters

    ConsHorrible Morale; constant layoffs; NOT a good place to be to learn about Oncology Marketing; R&D is not set up to really be a leader if drug development for specialty or oncology products. Highly beaureacratic. Somewhat political

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard driving, with positive direction to help patients

    Senior Specialist, FP&A (Current Employee)
    Rahway, NJ

    ProsFlexible hours and work from home options
    smart collegues who challenge and ecourage
    excellent compensation

    Consover the top hard driving - expected to work extra hours with little support from management.
    Merck is cutting jobs and those left often do the work of two positions without additional manpower or dollar compensation.
    There is continuous cost cutting. People are scared to lose their jobs so collaboration is at a minimum.

    Advice to Senior Managementthank your people. offer career direction for advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Really smart people--senior management just ok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart people, great mission, good work life balance.

    ConsLots of layoffs and turnover. Poor management

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    No longer one of the most admired companies

    Director (Current Employee)
    Rahway, NJ

    ProsIntelligent, hard working employees. MIssion to improve and save lives through the development of novel medicines truely drives the research division.

    ConsContinuous changes, re-organizations, layoffs occurr on a regular 12-18 month interval for close to 10 consecutive years now. Work force is fearful of next round of layoffs, apathetic to changes and new senior leaders are uninspiring and can't convey a vision nor have a plan how to get there. Never thought I'd say this but people have too much flexibility to work from home and take advantage of the system to the point now where there is no sense of team and any virtual teams needs are trumped by the individuals needs and interests.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a strategy with both short term and long term goals, map out how to get there with clear plans on what will be measured and when. Then, communicate, communicate, communicate so the work force understands and can work towards executing. Move faster in adopting a more biotech mindset which focus on collaborations and partnerships with academia and other companies to develop the next breakthrough novel mechanism of action. Remove the bureaucracy and have simplified processes which aren't continuously changing. Find a way to genuinely convey employees are valued because right now your about as far away from this as possible. There is so much untapped potential within the company, find a way to unlock it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    initially rewarding experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prossalary and benefits are very good

    Consenvironment has change over past several years

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    Concerned

    Specialist (Current Employee)
    Rahway, NJ

    ProsSmart, capable employees that strive to do the right thing. Good work-life balance. Provides developmental opportunities. Strives to create an inclusive environment.

    ConsEmployee morale low. Promotions are limited. Tremendous workload. Culture has changed significantly over the past 10 years. Concerned for what future will bring.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was the best place I had ever worked at until the downward slide

    Project Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsUsed to be good work culture, respect for people, learning opportunities, compensation

    ConsRecent stresses have resulted in loss of morale, work-life balance, and a backbiting to survive culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a happy place to be.

    Staff Biochemist (Current Employee)
    West Point, PA

    ProsSalary and benefits were decent. My department had nice people and good teambuilding events.

    ConsThe atmosphere is pretty negative due to constant attrition. No one ever knows if they'll have a job in 6 months;. Also, a lot non-management scientists are "do-ers", not thinkers- management often didn't trust intelligent lower-level scientists to think for themselves. Promotions are also extremely hard to come by, but former colleagues recently told me that they're beginning to promote again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your act together! Listen to your survey responses and understand how unhappy people are.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work challenges and experiences.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and equitable pay.

    ConsLong hours, not so great on work life balance.

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    Roller Coaster ride of ups and downs

    Senior Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility to work from home (especially appreciate during winter storms!), wonderful colleagues, decent compensation, easy commute, low prescription drug costs, vacation time, great personal / professional development resources available

    ConsPerformance management system / calibration pits good employees against one another in a bell-shaped curve and often the outcomes seem pre-determined by those deemed and seen as "hi-po's" (high potentials) versus fairly assessing what each person and each team contributes; political and passive-aggressive culture; annual re-organizations that are packaged as something else but are about cutting headcount and sees people as expenses versus assets

    Advice to Senior ManagementEliminate or overhaul your performance management system that says that overall, we are "average" even though Merck hires above-average, cream-of-the-crop talent; assess how well TEAMS meet standards of collaboration, rather than rewarding behaviors that benefit individuals in the short-term; align work to people's strengths and not to what someone else perceives is someone's strengths and weaknesses to be overcome.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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