Merck Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
1,140 Reviews
3.1
1,140 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Had a long and enjoyable career at Merck.

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    Former Employee - Operations, Specialist  in  West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Operations, Specialist in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits. Growth within company is dependent on what you put into the job and your efforts to expand your know of Merck.

    Cons

    Uncertainty of work due to the constant work force reductions going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need input from many not just immediate management when terminating an employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Work, work , work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Work hard and get ahead. Smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work. But it is old school Corporate America

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Lansdale, PA

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

    Pros

    Work flexibility, pay, intelligent colleagues, potential for extremely rapid career progression

    Cons

    Office Politics, shrinking workforce, declining potential for career advancement outside of the chosen few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of the culture being created by current management decisions. Many employees do what is best for them personally, not what is best for the company. I have hear too many leaders partially justify an "iffy" decision (in jest of course) that they will not be in position when the consequences of the decision become apparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Emp;oyment review

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Summit, NJ

    I have been working at Merck as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company and products. Co-workers in QC departament were fantastic.

    Cons

    Its's ashame the company had to downsize ites products and employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Whitehouse Station, NJ

    I have been working at Merck as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I learned a lot when I was working there.

    Cons

    Sometime I felt that some of the s.nior management didnt know what they are doing

  7.  

    Excellent place to work...figure out how to get what you need.

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist

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

    Pros

    Brilliant scientists, great benefits, lots of paid time off, flexibility, encourage and reward hard work and development, perfect opportunity to combine the mental work with physical work. Raises and promotions can be earned!

    Cons

    There is some politics in promotions: don't want newer people jumping more tenured employees, but if one works hard, gains knowledge, and gets outside of the comfort zone, it will happen. Raises and promotions are not given, they are earned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the promising employees by rewarding them BEFORE they look elsewhere!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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