Merck Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. Overall good experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed people I worked with and amount of responsibility I was given. Pay was good and the year end bonus was nice.

    Cons

    Limited room for professional growth in certain departments. Expected to work overtime and weekends with little or no compensation. Company is focused on growth and efficient processes which leads to decrease focus on employees and work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that the employees are not just a number and are people. Show them appreciation since they work hard for the company. Find ways for employees to continue to be promoted and not reach the glass ceiling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Disappointing, lack of leadership and direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great employees who are smart and could be more engaged

    Cons

    Poor senior leadership that isn't making major moves to assure the companies future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are bearing the brunt of poor leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Not what it used to be, but still not horrible.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good rotational program for college grads.

    Cons

    Culture. Group think. Slow decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push responsibility down the chain to improve organizational efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Excellent people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Wales, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Wales, PA

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Merck employs very smart, very hard working people.

    Cons

    there is little chance for promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create career pathwyas and better ways of rewarding employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. great opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansdale, PA

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

    Pros

    pay is reasonable, and benefits were great

    Cons

    workplace morale was horrible, and the upper management bad decision processes led to a stressful work enviroment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. It's not what it used to be...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Leader in North Wales, PA
    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Leader in North Wales, PA

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

    Pros

    Getting to work with Top Calibre people, generally committed to doing the right thing.
    Strong desire to put customers first.
    Openness to innovate and try new things.

    Cons

    Chronic restructuring and layoffs, lack of real growth limit career advancement, are stifling innovation and collaboration. The company is still Recovering from a unsuccessful merger and weak short term pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to do a better job on people management, morale is really bad - can't believe this is the same Merck I joined out of school. Losing banding, titles, compensation, offices - all that gave people a sense of accomplishment is not the way to return to growth and greatness. Watch out for procurement and hr strategies that are short term focused. They are destroying the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Get experience and get out!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Provides base pharmaceutical experience.

    Cons

    If you are good at your job they will hold you back from learning anything new. Constantly re-orging and pretend like they are reducing middle management. When in reality they get rid of the people that do the work and can't figure out why stuff doesn't get done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid or the union and stop shifting middle management that lack the skills to do their job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Interview at Merck as a Director in Regulatory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Director in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Merck is a very solid company. The interview process is very intense. I was interviewed by 2 big group in 2 different site for two full days. It went well.

    Cons

    Seems very formal with many hierarchy. I was interviewed by many VPs in RA department and in clinical department

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    My experience was great!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company values, compensations and office culture were great. Merck did a great job with employee development and life balancing programs.

    Cons

    Improvements would be fair employee promotions. It appeared that if they wanted to promote you, they would. If not, they wouldn't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start holding executive level employees more accountable for not reaching company's goals instead of placing the blame on non-executive level employees whom are simply following the directions of upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Lifetime employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Global Regulatory Affairs in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Director Global Regulatory Affairs in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    True belief in manufacture of safe and high quality products. Huge variety of opportunities, if you can't find a position you enjoy then you really must be in the wrong business. The people care about what they do, most will run through a brick-wall to get the job done.

    Cons

    Salary is below average. Policy for promotions is too restrictive, and the headcount reductions are straining the remaining employees to an unhealthy level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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