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

Merck Reviews in Rahway, NJ

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.3 63 reviews

                             

76% Approve of the CEO

Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier

Kenneth C. Frazier

(25 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Nice rewards for consistent positive results

Executive Director (Former Employee)
Rahway, NJ

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

ProsMerck has a history of hiring the best. Many people stay because of professional relationships with their colleagues. Results aligned with company objectives are rewarded.

Consunrelenting workload. Although there is flexibility with work at home, etc., it is difficult to maintain true work life balance

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No promotions, stagnant salaries, layoffs, outsourcing, offshoring

Clinical Scientist (Current Employee)
Rahway, NJ

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

ProsPension, 401k, flexible work arrangment, intellectually stimulating environment in Merck Research Labs

ConsEven if your job function isn't outsourced/off-shored/eliminated, or your workload isn't increased dramatically, you're faced with a controversial performance evaluation technique called “stacking,” also known as “stacked rankings” or “forced rankings.”

In this system, set percentages of employees must be placed in different performance categories, such as “outstanding,” “good,” “average,” and “poor”. This means that even if everyone with a specific job title delivers an outstanding performance in a given year, some will be unfairly forced into a ranking other than "outstanding". This cheats hard-working employees out of well-earned salary increases and adversely affects morale.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou can't have a robust pipeline without highly-skilled, motivated employees to carry out the research. You are driving away what you need the most.

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

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Challenging, rewarding career

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Rahway, NJ

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

ProsWorking at Merck came with a sense of pride and accomplishment. The work was always challenging and the culture was inspiring.

ConsThe work environment and culture are changing fast. It is not the company it used to be which is not unlike the changes all the Pharma companies are going through. Much of the work that was done by Merck employees is being contracted out. The need to cut expenses is driving some aggressive cuts.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great till the S&P merger. A total mess now everyone waiting to be let go. Moral sinking every day.

Research Scientist (Former Employee)
Rahway, NJ

I worked at Merck full-time for more than 3 years

ProsA paycheck while it lasts

ConsPeople getting laid off daily. No loyalty to anyone. Over worked with no respect.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to who really did the work!

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

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IT at Merck for 8.5 years

Associate Director (Current Employee)
Rahway, NJ

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

ProsIT investment seen as a business enabler

ConsConstant re-organization and layoffs no end in sight

Advice to Senior ManagementStop the merry go round

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

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Ok

Associate Scientist (Former Employee)
Rahway, NJ

I worked at Merck full-time for more than 3 years

ProsScience is good, keeps your motivated.

ConsFrequent restructuring and changing strategy.

Advice to Senior ManagementConstant change is inhibiting the science

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company.

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Rahway, NJ

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

ProsGreat environment to learn and collaborate

ConsMatrix Organization sometimes slows things down

Advice to Senior Managementn/A

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great, flexible company

Senior Scientist (Current Employee)
Rahway, NJ

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

ProsFlexibility is fantastic, which really helps

ConsOpportunities are very limited, which is concerning

Advice to Senior ManagementMore opportunties are needed

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Principal Scientist (Former Employee)
Rahway, NJ

I worked at Merck full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFlexibility

Good Work Life Balance and Services

Consfew opportunities to advance
Salaries are not competitive

Advice to Senior ManagementStay engaged

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

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It's a great company to work with.

Chemist (Former Employee)
Rahway, NJ

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

ProsAt Merck, Working atmosphere in great.

ConsMerck shouldn't buy Shearing Plough.

Advice to Senior ManagementSchereing plough employee should laid off first in stead of merck qualified and well trained people.

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

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