Merck Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions (in 123 reviews)

  • Good benefits and still have a pension program in addition to the 401k (in 95 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction (in 30 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    I worked as a production operator & assembler

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    Former Employee - Production Worker in Wilson, NC
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Wilson, NC

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Very good & respectable company..Also great benefits

    Cons

    It's hard to say when working for a wonderful company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. You can make a good career here

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked here for 2 and a half years and found a good working environment and work/life balance (including year-end total shut down from Christmas week to after New Year). You'll find lots of very smart and personable colleagues who really want to make a difference in the organization and the world. There are many opportunities for advancement, as long as you follow the prescribed hierarchy and pathways. They tend to reward employee longevity more than brilliance.

    Cons

    Heavily regulated industry makes innovation very difficult. There are so many compliance issues and layers of approval to go through, many people have given up and just follow well-trodden paths.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The corporate culture needs to do a better job to encourage and reward innovative thinking, instead of the emphasis on consensus and status quo.

  3. I had a very positive experience working as a sales rep for Merck

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    management salary flexibility

    Cons

    not able to move to other positions or titles without relocation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Fullfilling

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    Current Employee - Senior Sourcing Analyst - Procurement
    Current Employee - Senior Sourcing Analyst - Procurement

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    We are manufacturing vaccines that will save lives.

    Cons

    Challenges is the ability to make changes on the fly. When working with a company that is managed by the FDA, making changes to manufacturing processes takes a long time in order to obtain approval from the FDA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Overall outstanding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people who all want to help drive Merck's success

    Cons

    Changing landscape of employee base

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Operations Manager

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Great company that truly looks to improve the lives of people around the world.

    Cons

    Office politics is as bad as I have ever seen. If you get on the wrong side of leadership you better start looking for a new position.
    Full of intelligent (book smart) people who could not find their way out of a wet paper bag.
    Leaders will spend two days planning a task when you could have just gone and done it in one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust you line management. Why pay them their nice salaries, but give them no respect, and second guess their decision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Excellent Organization - needs greater focus on top talent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Customer centricty and healthcare focus

    Cons

    Talent gets lost by senior executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sharpen focus on developing key talent

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    The "Old Merck" is gone

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    Former Employee - Scientist in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Scientist in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Merck traditionally has had both good pay and good benefits. Because things change so much, you can work on different projects and learn new things.

    Cons

    The atmosphere is very political which can make it very difficult to get promoted. There has also been historically, and even more so now, a lot of change. You probably won't be with one manager for long. The current state is one of flux with more lay-offs in the works. Much lower job stability than in the past. Overall Merck used to be a pretty good place to work, but the "Old Merck" is gone for good I think, much more business oriented and less interested in developing new products and in good science.

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    I know the company is not in business to lose money or fail, but you have made such sweeping changes, this is not the same company any more. Do you still want to develop new drugs and vaccines in-house or just intend to buy it all from other companies...?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Quality of life and work balance.

    Cons

    None, I can't complain, and it keeps getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remote work is productive work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Good company on a decline

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Great work life balance benefits

    Cons

    Not much room for promotion and personal development

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