Merck Reviews

Updated June 29, 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. Executive Vaccine Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Specialty Sales Representative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Executive Specialty Sales Representative in Seattle, WA

    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

    Great company benefits, culture and people.

    Cons

    A little too conservative on keeping up with changing business environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your people in focus. Develop their skills to keep them engaged.


  2. Executive Customer Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Customer Representative
    Current Employee - Executive Customer Representative

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

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

    Pros

    -Pipeline Legacy
    -Work/Life Balance
    -Strong focus on ethics and compliance
    -People

    Cons

    -Instability of the pharmaceutical industry
    -Constant Restructuring
    -Not always paid on tangible, measurable skills or performance.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate with field employees. Silence creates mistrust and fear. We realize the only constant in our industry is change- however, please keep communication open and direct.


  3. Work culture

    Former Employee - Senior Specialist
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist

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

    Pros

    Great company. Good flexibility to work remote as needed, do phone meetings instead of in-person.

    Cons

    Due to cost cutting, benefits were reduced. Not much increments. Cost cutting is the main motto all over the place.

    Advice to Management

    Provide some measures / motivation to employees around tech advancements, opportunities to excel, instead of only $$ saved to the company.


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  5. Merck Boston

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Located right in the center of Harvard Medical area, convenient access to all kinds of resources. Lots of interesting seminars from top-notch scientists in US and around the globe. People in general are very collaborative.

    Cons

    There really isn't much, if you like what you do... The commute is long for me, but that's common in Boston.


  6. Merck leads by example

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Control Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Financial Control Analyst in Charlotte, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Merck save lives
    Great benefits
    - flexible work hours depending on location
    - Believe and live by their values

    Cons

    - depending on location career opportunities can be limited
    - pay not as competitive as other Pharma companies


  7. 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!


  8. Eh....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Lansdale, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Good Pay and benefits. Flexible schedule. Seem to care about the well being and safety of their people. Smart people throughout

    Cons

    zero room for advancement. pay raises are a joke. constant state of fear due to layoffs that seem never ending.

    Advice to Management

    spread the wealth. notice people who work hard and actually care. dont just promote those in the "inner circle"


  9. Merck IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Gilbertsville, PA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Gilbertsville, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Great people who are passionate about helping others stay healthy. Merck is a large company with many opportunities for highly skilled IT professionals.

    Cons

    Some instability in the management, especially IT. Recent change in direction for the entire IT organization resulted in massive layoffs, but new opportunities were created as a result.


  10. Principal scientis

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  11. Systems Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitehouse Station, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Pension, 401k match, ability to work from home a couple of days a week and ability to park inside the building or close to the building.

    Cons

    Instability of positions, constant fear or threat of layoffs can lead to depressing, unengaged, unenthusiastic work environment

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote team building and engagement activities to foster some sense of concern and well being for the employees that are still there.



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