Merck Reviews in Rahway, NJ

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
1,174 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions (in 122 reviews)

  • Good benefits and still have a pension program in addition to the 401k (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management take care of each other creating the perception of insularity (in 44 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Executive Administrative Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and the people where fun to work with. Nice atmosphere. Job was never boring. Always something new to learn or do. Opportunities where endless.

    Cons

    Too many changes every other year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    science driven company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Chemist in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good people, excellent work environment...state of art equipment.

    Cons

    BAD MANAGEMENT WHICH HAS TO GO and bring Merck to what it us to be 10 years ago!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LEAVE!!!! You are not good to MERCK!!!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    OK Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director, Clinical Research in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Director, Clinical Research in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Scientifically driven company
    Mostly does what's scientifically correct
    Not overdriven by profits

    Cons

    Company really does not care much for it's employees
    Company always trying to do least possible for employees
    Average salaries but expects exceptional performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check out other companies who treat employees exceptionally well and get exceptional performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    nice work-life balance; nice culture

    Cons

    upper management seems confused; jobs get eliinated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good company for research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    If your position in the company is research, your job is more secure than most in the company.

    Cons

    I had worked for their IT department was laid off several due to downsizing. If the position is not part of the core business, your position can be eliminated sooner rather than later. It was quite difficult to move within their IT department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So much change is happening and the tight knit culture and community within has been torn apart.

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

    Standards

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, incredible learning opportunities, colleagues make the day easier. Structures for tasks are distributed well and consistency is ensured through many processes of the workstream.

    Cons

    Moral is low due to the pressures of absorbing multiple job roles due to the reduction in employees. During this integration era, a lot is expected to be learned and a lot is expected to be unlearned and refocused on top of the normal work day while ensuring the normal day to day activities are not missed. People are expected to absorb these additional job roles within their already full time job roles creating a stressful environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the impact of the additional work on the current employees and consider the pay that is lacking with the absorption. I realize times are tight but the added stress is really giving people a hard attitude toward the company. Perhaps rewards be given for this recognition. People need to be acknowledged for their doubled and tripled efforts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Company invested in it's employees and great career growth.

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    Former Employee - Project Chemist in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Chemist in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    The organization has a great sense of pride and identity which drives it's employees to work together.

    Cons

    Location. I personally enjoy warmer climates. Unfortunately, Merck does not have sites in the southwest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard driving, with positive direction to help patients

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist, FP&A in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist, FP&A in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and work from home options
    smart collegues who challenge and ecourage
    excellent compensation

    Cons

    over the top hard driving - expected to work extra hours with little support from management.
    Merck is cutting jobs and those left often do the work of two positions without additional manpower or dollar compensation.
    There is continuous cost cutting. People are scared to lose their jobs so collaboration is at a minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    thank your people. offer career direction for advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    No longer one of the most admired companies

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    Current Employee - Director in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Intelligent, hard working employees. MIssion to improve and save lives through the development of novel medicines truely drives the research division.

    Cons

    Continuous changes, re-organizations, layoffs occurr on a regular 12-18 month interval for close to 10 consecutive years now. Work force is fearful of next round of layoffs, apathetic to changes and new senior leaders are uninspiring and can't convey a vision nor have a plan how to get there. Never thought I'd say this but people have too much flexibility to work from home and take advantage of the system to the point now where there is no sense of team and any virtual teams needs are trumped by the individuals needs and interests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a strategy with both short term and long term goals, map out how to get there with clear plans on what will be measured and when. Then, communicate, communicate, communicate so the work force understands and can work towards executing. Move faster in adopting a more biotech mindset which focus on collaborations and partnerships with academia and other companies to develop the next breakthrough novel mechanism of action. Remove the bureaucracy and have simplified processes which aren't continuously changing. Find a way to genuinely convey employees are valued because right now your about as far away from this as possible. There is so much untapped potential within the company, find a way to unlock it.

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

    Concerned

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Specialist in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Smart, capable employees that strive to do the right thing. Good work-life balance. Provides developmental opportunities. Strives to create an inclusive environment.

    Cons

    Employee morale low. Promotions are limited. Tremendous workload. Culture has changed significantly over the past 10 years. Concerned for what future will bring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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