Merck Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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Pros
  • When it comes to work-life balance there's no match (in 123 reviews)

  • The company offers good benefits package (in 95 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees who do not have work life balance tend to be rewarded (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management is only concerned with how much product goes out the door (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Director, R&D IT

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ

    I worked at Merck (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, hours, benefits. Flexible work arrangements. Great mission.

    Cons

    Continuous outsourcing/offshoring of jobs to cut costs and remain competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Lay off the disengaged workers first. They don't really want to be there anyway; they are just too lazy to find a new job or feel entitled to severance. There are a lot of good, energetic people who are willing to go the extra mile to see the company succeed; those are the keepers!


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    Principal scientis

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Rahway, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top quality science and excellent colleagues. Merck is a place where you can really make a difference and improve healthcare

    Cons

    Through constant reorganizations much of the company and especially upper management appears to focus primarily on preserving their jobs, which hurts morale


  3. Great, Comfortable Working Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Chemist III in Rahway, NJ
    Current Contractor - Chemist III in Rahway, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small departments, busy-work, less meetings

    Cons

    No guidance, no 1:1 with managers, you're basically working isolated

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of your workers. They need encouragement.


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    Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ

    I have been working at Merck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work flexibility. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of career opportunities. Small raises.


  6. Director

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

    I have been working at Merck

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Surrounded by intelligent, dedicated, hard working individuals truly focused on developing novel therapies to address unmet medical needs. Salary and benefits relatively competitive

    Cons

    Transforming from large pharma to midsize biotech still a work in progress, processes too cumbersome, culture change needed, senior management focus and messaging still uncoordinated

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the levels for bureaucracy, empower innovation from within, further build merck as an immuno-oncology powerhouse for the future


  7. Project Coordinator

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

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

    Pros

    Experience a lot of project management and networking with vendors.

    Cons

    More mentorship is needed for newly hired employees and throughout job life.


  8. FP&A Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Rahway, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, bonus and benies were very reliable and rewarding

    Cons

    Always having to look behind your back, and wonder if you'd be working tomorrow


  9. Great potential, poor execution

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Rahway, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, some interesting projects, good colleagues, some small perks here and there.

    Cons

    Benefits becomes worse, management could be more competent and transparent, no carer advancements, rock bottom morale.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take the job if you're not qualified.


  10. Great company, but there is room for improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Rahway, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues who are hard-working, professional and ethical; Good work-life balance; Compensation is quite good; Benefits (pension, 401K, medical, etc.) are quite good as well. Very inclusive of people with different backgrounds, interests, preferences.

    Cons

    Functional expertise and experience is the name of the game. Partly due to senior leadership changes and downsizing, when hiring for mid-level and up positions, if you don't have a lot of experience in the function, they won't even consider you. Cross-functional knowledge and leadership skills are not valued. This makes getting assignments and promotions in anything but the functional area you start in very, very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just pay lip-service to the statement that people with cross-functional, "generalist" leadership skills are needed in the company. Of course, some functional positions require a certain level of expertise / experience, but there are many organizations where a fast learner with proven leadership skills would provide new blood and vitality. Beware the danger of organizational in-breeding.


  11. Lot of growth opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Rahway, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Focus on training and development. Lot of opportunities to try new things and grow. Good work life balance. Strong emphasis on education.

    Cons

    Office culture is skeptical of management. Lot of cost cutting and position eliminations over past several years. Low salaries compared to other pharma companies.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people for performance. Provide more advancement opportunities.



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