Merck Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,123 Reviews

3.1
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learned a great skill set.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    Compensation, ethical, large company, eco friendly

    Cons

    perpetual changes in sales alignments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Continually improving at becoming a strong, global supply organization (including both in-house production and external manufacturing)

    Cons

    There is a large middle management tier that inhibits opportunities for formal advancement, but recent lay-offs and proactive employee departures are thinning the herd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on employee development. Despite the financial need for lay-offs and downsizing, employee morale and motivation needs to kept high to prevent unwanted attrition.

  3.  

    Excellent group of professionals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Well-structured company with good benefits. There are lots of talented resources, professionals and role models. As global company there is an opportunity for employees to interact and collaborate with people all around the world.

    Cons

    The company is shrinking at an accelerated rate and as a result the workload has increased in some departments. This has promoted an exodus of personnel which doesn't help the situation much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company recognizes that some departments are running to the bone, something that apparently was a calculated risk. This has come at a high price to those running the business at the low and mid levels. I've seen, unfortunately, the morale shifting south. I'd suggest to not ignore the consequences of the calculated risk, it has real negative effect on people's life at work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, struggling right now.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working at Merck provides a sense of doing good for people and their health, there are some very smart people there and nearly everyone is [professional and dedicated

    Cons

    Right now the company has an old product portfolio and is not growing revenue, so layoffs have been a regular occurrence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just make sure your next couple of product launches come on-time and are successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I really enjoyed the work I did at Merck and the People, not so much management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    1, Good healthcare, but all pharma companies you're paying more for your share.
    2. Reasonable salaries
    3. Strives to keep ahead of the competition
    4. Great Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    1-Silo work environment
    2, Professional advancement offered to the selected few.
    3. More of a search and development, buying smaller companies with hopeful product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to bring back their own Research and Development
    Invest and promote professional development in ALL of your employees
    Educate Stockholders in patience and not to expect double digit returns every year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great learning experience but no room for growth, no promotional opportunities

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate  in  Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate in Kenilworth, NJ

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

    Pros

    great work life balance, great work schedule flexibility, great benefits

    Cons

    Low paying salary, no room to advance, no direct career path, low moral,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Associate Specialist  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Specialist in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Positive outlook for the company. Great teamwork.The future of the products at Merck seems very promising. I feel that I have job security here.

    Cons

    Opportunity for personal growth is lacking. Need for improvment in the areas of communication and being proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work life balance and offer more competitive compensation. Put people in the right job positions for their skill set because there is a lot of talent being untapped.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    science driven company

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    Current Employee - Chemist  in  Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Chemist in Rahway, NJ

    I have been working at Merck full-time for 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
  10.  

    Financial Analyst

    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst

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

    Pros

    Supportive, flexible environment. Access to braod range of scients who were open and interactive. Was also allowed to attend company sponsored software training.

    Cons

    The biggest drawback was what seemed to be a lack of background research/preparation for the project. the research area seems to have been new to the group and the project was not novel which presented many limitations

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place for co-ops

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    Former Employee - Project Engineering Co-Op  in  West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Project Engineering Co-Op in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance, has cafeteria and gym for recreation

    Cons

    Limited job opportunities for new hires; jobs for co-ops after graduation aren't available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More job opportunities are needed!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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