Merck Reviews in New Jersey

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
1,166 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions (in 120 reviews)

  • Good benefits and still have a pension program in addition to the 401k (in 92 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction (in 29 reviews)

  • Upper management take care of each other creating the perception of insularity (in 44 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Executive Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and the people where fun to work with. Nice atmosphere. Job was never boring. Always something new to learn or do. Opportunities where endless.

    Cons

    Too many changes every other year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company is no longer a great place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, good 401k benefit.

    Cons

    Continued downsizing and moving IT jobs overseas. Not a great place if you want a career in IT. More work continues to be done by fewer people.

    Benefits continue to decline including pension which moves to a cash plan, employee contributions to medical and dental, education reimbursement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are cutting so deep that the knowledge walking out the door cannot easily be replaced. No longer an attractive place to work. A career has now turned into just a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learn as much as you can and run from it

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    Former Employee - Intern in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Kenilworth, NJ

    I worked at Merck as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Because it is such a big company, there are definitely opportunities for beginners to learn from experienced folks in the area you work in. People are really receptive when they realize you are an intern, and are willing to talk to you about future goals, their own work, and possible advice. The projects being handled are also rewarding, and usually are significant, compared to other companies' intern projects.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no security for you once you are done with the internship - after being told that I was a strong candidate, I was not given an offer and have to go elsewhere to find jobs. They don't seem to know the company outlook and blame it on the timeframe of the school year, whereas other companies are capable of getting their positions together for their interns. Because an entry-level employee can only come from getting an offer after being an intern, the pool of talent is limited too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you value your interns highly, they have a loyalty to the company that they won't give up.
    Really treat your interns well and do not make false promises.

    In addition, try to get your interns more benefits - there was no housing, no reimbursement, and no other benefits besides salary for interns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Company going through a significant restructuring

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    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Whitehouse Station, NJ

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

    Pros

    Large company with an established history of drug discovery and development
    Solid reputation within the industry
    Global manufacturing footprint
    Dedicated employees

    Cons

    Bureaucratic organizational structure
    Overly complicated systems and procedures
    Review process and merit raises are poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the redundant systems and tools
    Streamline internal procedures and policies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Merck - look elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New Brunswick, NJ

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

    Pros

    Large corporation with many job opportunities within one company. Good pay and significant training investment. Global opportunities. Healthcare is a noble field - doing good for others and solving healthcare issues.

    Cons

    Merck is also restrictive, old school, risk adverse and slow to respond. Lacks innovation, controlling, many approvals needed to act. Lacks pipeline for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    average

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Summit, NJ

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

    Pros

    fun products, interesting work, enjoyable topics

    Cons

    average pay at best and stagnant. no career movement. in 6 years i've only seen a few people actually get promoted and its only those people who trade in their personal life for the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you want a blockbuster? try actually funding it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Emp;oyment review

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Summit, NJ

    I have been working at Merck as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company and products. Co-workers in QC departament were fantastic.

    Cons

    Its's ashame the company had to downsize ites products and employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Whitehouse Station, NJ

    I have been working at Merck as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot when I was working there.

    Cons

    Sometime I felt that some of the s.nior management didnt know what they are doing

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11.  

    A place that was good to work at

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    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Whitehouse Station, NJ

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

    Pros

    A place that can be better

    Cons

    Micro-manage, Managers have poor skill sets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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