Merck Reviews in Palo Alto, CA
Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions(in 111 reviews)
Large Company; good benefits; opportunity to learn new preocesses(in 84 reviews)
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 40 reviews)
Pros – Good people with a focus on the science, and a can do attitude that get projects from "well can this work?" to a final answer. Also, business decisions made by management are implemented quickly, and efficiently with a view towards practicality and reasonableness. Also, the management team explains the purpose of their decisions and what the expected outcome for the company is intended. Top-to-down communication from management team is, in my experience, unparalleled and I know what was going on in other parts of the company on a day to day basis.
Cons – The demand for data is so driving that many of our project due dates seemed to be due the day before we received the project of which always put a great deal of pressure to produce hard data fast which can and did lead to mistakes which caused delays.
Also, though upper management was very good at information distribution, local management wasn't as forthcoming and so often times we knew what was going on in the greater company more than we did in our own site.
The last is that unless you have a Ph.D. career advancement opportunities at this company are minimal.
Advice to Senior Management – Communication is fantastic from upper management, but local management needs to improve their communication distribution to the same level
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend