Merck Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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Pros
  • When it comes to work-life balance there's no match (in 123 reviews)

  • The company offers good benefits package (in 95 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees who do not have work life balance tend to be rewarded (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management is only concerned with how much product goes out the door (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales - Executive Representative in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales - Executive Representative in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merck (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top tier company to work for with a long history of putting patients before the profits.

    Cons

    company has become to big


  2. operations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits good. Working environment and co-workers are stellar people,at least in my dept.

    Cons

    now downsizing and layoffs are happening at every site, Pharma co. run by a lawyer is not the best formula to lead a pharma co. into the future.

    Advice to Management

    streamline your process, cut the red tape. Stop with the titles of director,asst. director, VP of every facet of business. It would almost appear to an outsider that there are no workers within the company, only execs!


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    Former Employee - Associate Director Lead Change/Problem Manager in Union, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director Lead Change/Problem Manager in Union, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with good benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Large layoffs over the last several years due to moving many jobs transitioning overseas to Prague

    Advice to Management

    In the long run would be cheaper to keep jobs in USA.


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    Great while it lasted...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and a professional company. Environment was friendly but work oriented. Bonus and benefits were great. A lot of opportunity within the company for growth.

    Cons

    The company has peaked several years ago and has been cutting cost for years now. It's not an easy place to get into.


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    Senior Director

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worlc class in research, financial management, innovation, recruiting,employee development

    Cons

    Other than the inefficiencies that are inherent in the beurocratic process of any 80-000 employee company, I cannot identify specific cons

    Advice to Management

    Follow the motto of founder, George Merck: Take Care of the Patient and Profits Will Follow


  7. Review

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Branchburg, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Branchburg, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Merck offers great work flexibility and is one of the few companies that offer pension

    Cons

    Salary relative to market, layoffs, little to none career growth


  8. Business Analyst

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Whitehouse, NJ
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Whitehouse, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with huge money reserves for research and development

    Cons

    Politics and no clear direction from management

    Advice to Management

    Other than the inefficiencies that are inherent in the beurocratic process of any 80-000 employee company


  9. Manger

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    Current Employee - Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good beneits, work life balance

    Cons

    Constant Layoff's, lack of strategy

    Advice to Management

    Needs a good business strategy


  10. Merck Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic co-workers. Brilliant Scientists. Tuition Assistance. We do have our own employess credit union and will soon have an on-site gym

    Cons

    We lost our on-site Day care. Work from home schedules are difficult to come by. Raises and promotions have been stagnant recently.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Merck Lacks Leadership and Strategy for Growth

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, 401k, vacation generous with shut-down christmas week, Good reputation in industry, really smart people, decent work-life balance. Some good leaders.

    Cons

    Top talent left or leaving, Executive leadership out if touch, lack of strategy/plan fir future revenue growth, slow to change.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out who you are and what you want to be and make lasting changes. Focus on talent! Engage all employees!!!!



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