Merck Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable company with competitive salaries and benefits. Worldwide operations provides with a enriched experience for employees and multiple interaction with people ans business situations beyond the US

    Cons

    Those of large companies, including bureaucracy and excessive process for many activities Most US jobs are in NJ, a location with high cost of living that limits the talent pool willing to relocate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work of hiring top talent. Provide a greater sense of stability to the employee base that has seen lots of restructuring in the last few years.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Short stop for something better

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    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is ok but could be better work is very easy

    Cons

    Managers have no clue and loves to micro manage


  3. Research chemistry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of resources to support frontier research and diverse experiments as well maintenance of numerous functions that can rapidly support said research.

    Cons

    Slow upward mobility and glass ceilings. Often, if not always, working close to the capacity of our efforts. Insufficient slack in the system to handle normal fluctuations in the work flow.

    Advice to Management

    Provide time, that most precious commodity, for employees to breathe and to focus on scientific endeavors not strictly tied to project goals. If offered, this slack should not be taken back up without releasing it back into the system in the short term.


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    Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales - Executive Representative in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales - Executive Representative in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top tier company to work for with a long history of putting patients before the profits.

    Cons

    company has become to big


  6. engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Greatest experience of my life. Ability to learn and grow and try new things. Ability to help develop products that help and save lives and change the world.

    Cons

    downsizing due to changing business climate in the industry


  7. operations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits good. Working environment and co-workers are stellar people,at least in my dept.

    Cons

    now downsizing and layoffs are happening at every site, Pharma co. run by a lawyer is not the best formula to lead a pharma co. into the future.

    Advice to Management

    streamline your process, cut the red tape. Stop with the titles of director,asst. director, VP of every facet of business. It would almost appear to an outsider that there are no workers within the company, only execs!


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    Associate Director

    Former Employee - Associate Director Lead Change/Problem Manager in Union, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director Lead Change/Problem Manager in Union, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with good benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Large layoffs over the last several years due to moving many jobs transitioning overseas to Prague

    Advice to Management

    In the long run would be cheaper to keep jobs in USA.


  9. Changing all the time

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Trial Specialist in North Wales, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Trial Specialist in North Wales, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    2 work from home days per week allows for a great work life balance. Flexible schedule option open to all.

    Cons

    Too much change too often makes employees feel less valued and unsure of future with the company. Overall a great place to work.


  10. Research Biologist in CNS Drug Discovery

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    Former Employee - Research Biologist in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Research Biologist in West Point, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively stable if you simply deliver on what you say you are going to do, when you say you are going to do it.

    Cons

    Tough to climb the ladder if you are ESL and have difficulties communicating or answering any questions in a public forum. This isn't really management or company fault, just a harsh reality that isn't very well "hidden."

    Advice to Management

    Constantly re-prioritizing therapeutic areas makes things more difficult than necessary


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great while it lasted...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and a professional company. Environment was friendly but work oriented. Bonus and benefits were great. A lot of opportunity within the company for growth.

    Cons

    The company has peaked several years ago and has been cutting cost for years now. It's not an easy place to get into.



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