Merck
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www.merck.com Whitehouse Station, NJ 5000+ Employees

Merck Reviews in New Jersey

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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55% Approve of the CEO

Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier

Kenneth C. Frazier

(85 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Rahway, NJ

    ProsChallenging work, incredible learning opportunities, colleagues make the day easier. Structures for tasks are distributed well and consistency is ensured through many processes of the workstream.

    ConsMoral is low due to the pressures of absorbing multiple job roles due to the reduction in employees. During this integration era, a lot is expected to be learned and a lot is expected to be unlearned and refocused on top of the normal work day while ensuring the normal day to day activities are not missed. People are expected to absorb these additional job roles within their already full time job roles creating a stressful environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider the impact of the additional work on the current employees and consider the pay that is lacking with the absorption. I realize times are tight but the added stress is really giving people a hard attitude toward the company. Perhaps rewards be given for this recognition. People need to be acknowledged for their doubled and tripled efforts.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Project Chemist (Former Employee)
    Rahway, NJ

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, under a lot of pressure.

    Executive (Former Employee)
    Whitehouse, NJ

    ProsOutstanding pipeline, product line, and people. Well respected, in general by customers.

    ConsIndustry is under a great deal of pressure, Merck, like all Pharma needs to change it's cost structure to effectively compete and acquire more products from external r&d rather than internal focused innovation. It's on the way there, but in transition.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company for research

    Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
    Rahway, NJ

    ProsIf your position in the company is research, your job is more secure than most in the company.

    ConsI had worked for their IT department was laid off several due to downsizing. If the position is not part of the core business, your position can be eliminated sooner rather than later. It was quite difficult to move within their IT department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSo much change is happening and the tight knit culture and community within has been torn apart.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Just like Pfizer: Being overrun with immigrants.

    Web Administrator (Former Employee)
    Whitehouse Station, NJ

    ProsGreat place to work if you are an IT professional who wants someday to be replaced by cheap, immigrant labor (CIL), to wit, someone who holds one of these visas: H-1B, L-1, TN-1, B-1, B-2, H-4, etc.

    ConsIf you are an IT professional, you shall likely be laid off eventually, as Merck's management is determined to replace all American-born, IT professionals (ABITP's) with CIL.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have some advice for Merck's management: Just keep replacing ABITP's with CIL. That way, you are helping to swell the ranks of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) with unemployed, deeply resentful Americans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be so great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Whitehouse Station, NJ

    ProsGreat history, great diversity in employee population, time to spend doing volunteer work, great headquarter location & building

    ConsLeaving great location putting many legacy Merck people at challenge for commute (1.5-2hr each way); senior leadership talks the talk but does not execute; employee morale is terrible; good people leaving the company for other opportunities; cutting costs by taking basics from employees (including heat & air conditioning reductions to the point of distraction) while leadership wastes money; company under constant change giving impression that leadership doesn't know what it's doing; leadership positions being filled externally rather than from within (indicative of poor talent management and development)

    Advice to Senior ManagementWas once a company focused on putting patients first and valuing employees, Merck stock and shareholder value was high then; stop being penny wise and pound foolish, invest in your employees they are what can make this company great again

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

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    Great coworkers, irresponsible executives

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Summit, NJ

    ProsGreat company to work for. The only company that I have worked at since graduating from graduate school. It is rewarding to work for this company with a great mission. Brilliant coworkers to work with.

    ConsExecutives have been making irresponsible decisions failing the company, but ending in laying off thousands of hardworking exeperienced workers to recover the money lost by their decisions. Middle managers follow the same trend of making nonsense decisions.

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

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    Company is in a state of transition

    Senior Specialist (Current Employee)
    Whitehouse, NJ

    ProsGreat people, good training, challenging work

    Consa lot of uncertainty about direction of company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Kenilworth, NJ

    ProsFlexibility and personal growth. They have great benefits.

    ConsWork life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should encourage staff to take additional training,

    Yes, I would 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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