Merck Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
1,166 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 120 reviews)

  • Good benefits and still have a pension program in addition to the 401k (in 92 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction (in 29 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Many opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities to explore without changing employers

    Cons

    Has been going through repeated significant layoffs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great benefits, no job security

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Primary Care Vaccines in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Primary Care Vaccines in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Free car (almost free $125 per month), free lunches, reputable products

    Cons

    job volatility, micro-managing, pay below industry standards

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    eh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Merck has great benefits and seems to take care of the employees. They are flexible.

    Cons

    The company seems to be located far from metro areas and it seems like the people who work there (I was in corporate not science or manufacturing) suffer as a result. Also they seem to be interested in downsizing and outsourcing a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    My experience at Merck was very good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Competitive salary.

    Cons

    Many lay offs the last few years. Not a rich pipeline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learn as much as you can and run from it

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Kenilworth, NJ

    I worked at Merck as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Because it is such a big company, there are definitely opportunities for beginners to learn from experienced folks in the area you work in. People are really receptive when they realize you are an intern, and are willing to talk to you about future goals, their own work, and possible advice. The projects being handled are also rewarding, and usually are significant, compared to other companies' intern projects.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no security for you once you are done with the internship - after being told that I was a strong candidate, I was not given an offer and have to go elsewhere to find jobs. They don't seem to know the company outlook and blame it on the timeframe of the school year, whereas other companies are capable of getting their positions together for their interns. Because an entry-level employee can only come from getting an offer after being an intern, the pool of talent is limited too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you value your interns highly, they have a loyalty to the company that they won't give up.
    Really treat your interns well and do not make false promises.

    In addition, try to get your interns more benefits - there was no housing, no reimbursement, and no other benefits besides salary for interns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good People, culture needs work, industry in turmoil

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good pay, great benefits, good people

    Cons

    culture is lacking, lack of execution of strategy, constant changes, constant layoffs

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Schering Plough was a GREAT place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Suncare Sales Representative in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Suncare Sales Representative in Fort Walton Beach, FL

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

    Pros

    I DO NOT recommend working on the Consumer side.
    Very UNPROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP and Middle Management.

    Cons

    Transparency IS NOT a Leader behavior int the Consumer side of things with Merck.
    They manage by intimidation and manipulation. Always wanting more from Associates with the response "Just be happy you have a job"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at your middle management on the Consumer side as you have a large liability with Diana Haughey.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is no longer a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Director in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Whitehouse Station, NJ

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

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, good 401k benefit.

    Cons

    Continued downsizing and moving IT jobs overseas. Not a great place if you want a career in IT. More work continues to be done by fewer people.

    Benefits continue to decline including pension which moves to a cash plan, employee contributions to medical and dental, education reimbursement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are cutting so deep that the knowledge walking out the door cannot easily be replaced. No longer an attractive place to work. A career has now turned into just a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Hospital Rep

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    Current Employee - Hospital Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Hospital Sales Representative

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and work life balance.

    Cons

    Constantly laying off because no new products. No real career advancement opportunities. No real pay increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems like the company is lost and trying to figure out how to survive. Appears to be making cuts to employees every few months but with no real strategy to be successful.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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