Merck Reviews

Updated May 2, 2015
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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. Great Place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Great Culture with brilliant people

    Cons

    None that I could think

    Advice to Management

    None

  2. Poor culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Merck is at cutting edge of research.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't seem to know what is going on in the company. It seems they repeat the same mistakes over and over and are unwilling and unaware of how to fix.

    Advice to Management

    Management won't listen to advice so really pointless to even try. I am happy not to work for them anymore.

  3. Smart, friendly people with ambitious goals and great resources.

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    Former Contractor - Biochemist in North Wales, PA
    Former Contractor - Biochemist in North Wales, PA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The company has high expectations and brings the most out of employees. You feel like you want to be part of the team

    Cons

    It's a big company and you can get lost in the crowd if your boss moves out or your projects don't make the cut.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain good people with diverse skills. Don't focus only on expertise for current projects, which will change in six months.

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  5. Long-time employee with highs and lows

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is full of success oriented individuals who are often highly driven intelligent people. While opportunities for career growth are fewer than in years past they exist for those designated as top talent. From a salary and benefits perspective Merck is competitive In sales many wonderful opportunities to form great friendships as you work to improve peoples lives who benefit from the company's medication.

    Cons

    Merck is very big so consider that my experiences good and bad should be considered in that context. I witnessed senior and particularly middle management's willingness to accept and even recognize employees whose ethics were questionable.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to 360 degree assessment or conduct some form of management assessments to be conducted by employees, which should be factored into the managers "People" performance assessment.

  6. Scientist 3 Senior

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Merck as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Great Experience, Great Environment, Flexible Schedule, Friendly People

    Cons

    Peculiar workload, difficult to transition to permanent, sometimes not integrated into the company

    Advice to Management

    Work on including the temps a bit more, evenly spread the workload, have the temps participate more in meetings

  7. Project Coordinator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Experience a lot of project management and networking with vendors.

    Cons

    More mentorship is needed for newly hired employees and throughout job life.

  8. Financial Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Still premier company despite outsourcing.

    Cons

    Skimp on systems, and support.

  9. Experience in planning, purchasing, and supply chain process while working at Merck.

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    Former Employee - Global Supply Chain Manager in Spring City, PA
    Former Employee - Global Supply Chain Manager in Spring City, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to learn and grow in a number of positions.

    Cons

    A very large company and can be difficult to stand out, easy to get lost in the crowd.

    Advice to Management

    End of year rating system is flawed.

  10. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good salary and benefits. You get to work on a lot of interesting scientific applications.

    Cons

    As is true of most pharmaceutical companies there is a constant threat of layoffs.

  11. Decent company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Annual bonus incentives, benefits package.

    Cons

    Mass lay offs, questionable job security.

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