Merck Reviews in New Jersey

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
1,114 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions (in 112 reviews)

  • Large Company; good benefits; opportunity to learn new preocesses (in 84 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction (in 27 reviews)

  • Upper management is only concerned with how much product goes out the door (in 41 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great learning experience but no room for growth, no promotional opportunities

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate  in  Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate in Kenilworth, NJ

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

    Pros

    great work life balance, great work schedule flexibility, great benefits

    Cons

    Low paying salary, no room to advance, no direct career path, low moral,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    science driven company

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    Current Employee - Chemist  in  Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Chemist in Rahway, NJ

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good benefits, good people, excellent work environment...state of art equipment.

    Cons

    BAD MANAGEMENT WHICH HAS TO GO and bring Merck to what it us to be 10 years ago!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LEAVE!!!! You are not good to MERCK!!!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company with a wonderful mission. The people are smart and good natured. The company has lost its way though

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    Former Employee - Executive Director  in  Whitehouse, NJ
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Whitehouse, NJ

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Mission, people, benefits. Excellent science and top products

    Cons

    Senior leadership direction lacking. The ill conceived acquisition of schering plough was a huge distraction and caused significant disruption, The SP people were not of Merck ilk. Luckily most have left or been weeded out. Merck is finally finding its feet again and I know they will regain their position in the pharma market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing strategic direction and pandering to wall street.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    OK Job

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    Current Employee - Executive Director, Clinical Research  in  Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Director, Clinical Research in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Scientifically driven company
    Mostly does what's scientifically correct
    Not overdriven by profits

    Cons

    Company really does not care much for it's employees
    Company always trying to do least possible for employees
    Average salaries but expects exceptional performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check out other companies who treat employees exceptionally well and get exceptional performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Associate Director

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Whitehouse, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Whitehouse, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and still have a pension program in addition to the 401k.

    Cons

    It use to be a great company and probably the best place to work 10 years ago. The company 's headcount is shrinking rapidly due to lack of new products. It has now a difficult environment to work; it might change in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are the custodial of the shareholder's business and assets. When making decisions, think about them instead of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rahway, NJ

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    nice work-life balance; nice culture

    Cons

    upper management seems confused; jobs get eliinated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great Company, has a good future, aims to look after employees,

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitehouse Station, NJ

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, job opportunty, work from home, good levels of training, ability to move between roles and parts of the organization. Ability to build new skills

    Cons

    Salary, does not keep track with outside market for current employees, healthcare and benifits are reducing though still at market norm to low for sector.. Will pay to bring in new talent..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Management is running the company to the ground!

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Teams made of talented scientists across the labs. Not much else.

    Cons

    New management halts creativity and scientific freedom of the organization. Excessive politics: management hires their friends and their friends' network, not those who can actually do their job. Real talents eventually leave the company, one after another for external opportunities where they are much better appreciated and recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stay so we can find better ones elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Hated it.

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Summit, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Summit, NJ

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary, money, compensation. moola, dinero. etc. that's all i got, money is the only pro. For me, location was good. Vacation time was good. The week off between Christmas and New Years is nice.

    Cons

    Everything else. It is a horrible place to work. I would only suggest my ex-husband to work here. Let him endure the torture. I am thrilled to be gone. Competitive, back stabbing colleagues is common place and almost encouraged by the management. It is their policy to use a bell shaped curve to distribute salary. After layoffs of the non-performers, the only thing left was the cream of the crop. However, they are still forced into a bell shaped curve. I’ve seen top performers be rated “Below” because of the group they were in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very good employees are leaving. Find a way to stop the back stabbing mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Company invested in it's employees and great career growth.

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    Former Employee - Project Chemist  in  Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Chemist in Rahway, NJ

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The organization has a great sense of pride and identity which drives it's employees to work together.

    Cons

    Location. I personally enjoy warmer climates. Unfortunately, Merck does not have sites in the southwest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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