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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    More trouble ahead

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    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, huge research budgets

    Cons

    Huge research budgets with no oversight, Very poor HR support, Management targeting

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

    Once Great Company gone down the tubes!

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

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good, some good colleagues as well.

    Cons

    Management will throw you under the bus rather than admit a mistake. Training has all but been eliminated for technical/scientific positions. The overriding concern is all about cost reductions now, even if it means cutting quality or proper sicence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than just rotating the tires as what most of the current changes have been, start actually eliminating the number of senior management positions. Why are there senior directors with no direct reports. Cut the backstabbing of the employees who do the actual work

    Rather than go for layoffs why doesn't the senior management show some solidarity with the people in the trenches and take a pay cut or vote to not take their bonuses for a year.

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

    Very bad company culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good name to have on your resume. If you are taking a job at Merck these days, you better have thick skin because you will be disrespected everyday. Be careful of who you talk to because speaking your mind can get you fired. There will be no good work life balance - try to hold the job for about 2 years and in the mean time, have a job at another company lined up and hope you aren't laid off or fired in the mean time.
    - It used to be a good company that promoted research but sadly, that has gone away
    - Good pay and benefits, both of which are constantly being cut down

    Cons

    - Research is being cut down and not much in the pipeline. Merck used to be known for investing in research but there is not much new research going on at the moment. These days, it is just combine this drug with another drug and make a new drug and make some money
    - Good employees are being let go to cut cost
    - The share price is all that matters to the people running the company, the CEO included
    - Employees are just numbers. People are being let go every month and the remaining people are expected to do the work of 3 or 4 other people without complaining. If you speak up, you either get fired or you get a bad review on your performance report
    - The environment currently promoted at Merck is for employees to stab each other in the back - the ones that are very good at this survive and get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should be doing everything they can to retain the good people that they have/had. Merck used to be a hot bed for the best people in the industry. Now, it is just a name to have on your resume because most decent people who have worked there over the past 3-5 years can honestly say that it is a very negative work environment. The sad thing is that the company promotes this. Merck needs a serious overhaul of culture, management, policies and CEO. Ken Frazier was supposed to be a guy that understood the importance of keeping people and jobs within the company. But, he turned out to be just another suit. Of course, him and others in senior management make their money (and get raises) while the employees, who are the real wealth of the company, are being let go to cut costs. The environment that is being promoted will eventually lead to the downfall of this once great company if it is not addressed quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the science-based company it used to be.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good colleagues. At the working level, there can be some really good collaborations and people who take pride in their work.

    Cons

    Management no longer seems to know what they're doing and changes the game plan from year to year. Stress level can be very high and the layoffs and turnover do not help. Merck used to hold itself to a higher standard than the rest of the industry and was proud to pay at the 75th percentile on average and a few years ago shifted down to the 50th--a clear signal they're no longer holding that standard. They maintain during the year-end reviews they "pay for performance", so if they are now paying average instead of above average, what does that say?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good people to work with...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Quality Auditor II in West Point, PA
    Current Contractor - Quality Auditor II in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    There are many good people are working in the company, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Upper Management, and frequent organization restructuring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Vaccine manufacturing division @ West Point campus is on a downward spiral

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    Former Employee - Specialist Engineering in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Specialist Engineering in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Set hours (M-F, 8-5) didn't matter, when you worked was irrelevant and not monitored/tracked closely (for salaried), all we cared about was just getting it done, when we say we will get it done. There was a lot of trust built in, in that regard - it's likely there were some who took advantage of that, but for the most part employees respect and honor that, and let their performance and contributions speak for them.

    I loved my coworkers - they made the often late nights, early mornings, and weekends very enjoyable. Looking back, I can truly say that Merck hired the best and brightest. Top talent in the industry.

    Being as mature as it is, Merck has well-developed processes that are (for the most part) logical, clearly defined, and well-controlled.

    Cons

    Pay did not match the hours, responsibilities, or, most importantly, contributions. "Rigid" pay scales, with huge ($40k) ranges, meant that someone who fulfilled the requirements of their job was getting paid the same amount, and if they had a couple more years experience, significantly more, than a younger colleague of the same level who consistently went above and beyond their duties and responsibilities.

    Advancement - stagnant for years on end. You will take on more responsilibities, which are phrased to you to make them sound like an honor or a privilege, but in reality management is slowly just transforming you into doing the work of 4 people for the price of 1.

    In the nearly 4 years I was there, I saw 3 reorganizations and had 3 different bosses, and saw numerous layoffs. Culture steadily become more high-stress, anxiety-driven, as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out your strategy and stick to it. You have a vision but you keep changing paths - as a result your top talent is quickly getting fed up and dropping off your bandwagon for greener pastures. Stop pushing out the black sheep nay-sayer leaders/managers - great companies aren't built off of 'yes men' mentalities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Regulatory Operation Specialist in West Point, PA
    Former Contractor - Regulatory Operation Specialist in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Because of their good reputation and good product line. Very proud to be part as Regulatory Operation family.

    Cons

    Heavy workload, but I enjoy to be busy.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in North Wales, PA
    Current Employee - Director in North Wales, PA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good benefits, diverse opportunities

    Cons

    Internal politics trumps sound strategy and effective decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get over yourself

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Potential to return to greatness with the approval of a breakthrough cancer therapy later this year.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Some very bright people still remain, although many excellent people have left. Vacation policy is generous.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, and too much focus on financial results, and not enough on the patient. Employee morale is low. Senior management, with the exception of the Research division president, is poor. Raises are sub-inflation on average. Bonuses lower this year than in any year in recent memory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about the almighty dollar and focus on the patients and retaining talented, hard-working employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive Changes Ahead

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    Company seems to have refocused on it mission to discover drugs to solve medical problems. Pipeline is clearly conveyed to the non-research workforce; ratings system clearly conveys we are all in it together.

    Cons

    Company is still overly focused on the bottom line and seems too beholden to the stockholder. There are still too many operational differences in the company - some areas have free reign on spending while others have excessively rigid controls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a stable, creative, supportive environment, and employees will re-dedicate to the company's mission. Shift away from the continual negativity from senior management; create a positive environment by focusing on our mission; forget the culture surveys and let's get to work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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