Merck Reviews in Philadelphia, PA

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
1,124 Reviews

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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions (in 112 reviews)

  • Large Company; good benefits; opportunity to learn new preocesses (in 84 reviews)


Cons
  • 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 41 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company, great people. Strugglling industry and the company needs to find innovative ways to be successful.

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist  in  Lansdale, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist in Lansdale, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good products and strong mission. An ethical company with great benefits and compensation. Open to flexible work arrangements, work from home and job shares. Also great maternity benefits.

    Cons

    Slow to move and adapt. Lots of layers that need to make decisions. Mediocre middle management. Little investment in leadership development. Company is not in growth mode so limited opportunities for advancement. Lots of downsizing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoyed working at Merck until my department was OUTSOURCED to India. Seems to be the trend.

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Lansdale, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Lansdale, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work life balance. Good Salary

    Cons

    TOO much management not enough workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you outsource your employees, guess what? You get cut too!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Company to Work for

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Lansdale, PA

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

    Pros

    Pay was above average before the Schering Plough merger in 2009 but now everything from benefits to employee morale has plummeted. Steer way clear of this disaster.

    Cons

    Human Resources has been incompetent since I started there 8 years ago. Accidentally received an e-mail saying that I wasn't being brought on board because my wife was pregnant. They were real quick to offer me a position after that mistake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a huge disconnect between upper management and the rest of the workforce. Your inability to engage your employees has led to what can only be considered an epic failure of almost all objectives over the last 5 years. Don't let the increasing stock price fool you. It'll just lead to a longer, harder plummet down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Top performer, but laid off

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    Former Employee - Not Provided  in  North Wales, PA
    Former Employee - Not Provided in North Wales, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Offers professional growth, good co-workers. Ability to telecommute.

    Cons

    Heavy workload that never stops. Stress level is high, employees are pressed to continuously produce more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Getting rid of long-term (older) workers should not be the solution

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gaining a lot of experience with years.

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Lansdale, PA

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

    Pros

    Large company. used to have a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    Could be too large and bureaucratic, all the lay offs make people crazy and not really a good environment to work in. A lot of restructuring all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing they can do, everything comes down to them from far above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    its a company going through change

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    compensation is comparable and higher than industry standards for some job titles

    Cons

    not much room for growth or movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put the right people in the right jobs and invest in employee development

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not meeting current challenges in management

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    Current Employee - Scientist  in  West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Scientist in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Working environment is generally enjoyable. The scientists are dedicated, hardworking and easy to work with in a good team structure. Mid-level management is giving it there all.

    Cons

    Management is all over the board. There is no plan. The higher ups throw word salad at middle management and expect them to hit a moving target. They infrastructure was already taxed and the staffing is now down to a shoestring. The current scientific format will not bear fruit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not expect to fill a pipeline with no basic research being performed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Merck was one of the best career experiences one could have, offering opportunities to grow and work w/terrific people.

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, flexibility to learn different parts of the business; competitive compensation and benefits; good products, some great leaders who were willing to mentor their people.

    Cons

    Lost site of what makes the company successful, it's people. Focused on short-term results and is still suffering from the withdrawal of Vioxx. Feel like a number not a person.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Career company

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities, stakeholders, reports, challenges, compensation

    Cons

    Lay-offs abound, Middle management stagnant, Reorganization to contract personnel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your reviewers. Know your first-line management

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Senior Research Scientist

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist  in  West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, great staff, interesting work

    Cons

    Unstable at present. Micromanagement issues.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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