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Merck Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
1,212 Reviews
3.2
1,212 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 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  

    Restoring itself to greatness

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Strong focus on doing what"s right and helping patients.

    Cons

    Compensation is low, demands are high and HR is only interested in trying to tell people how good they have it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change end of year evaluation process to allow outstanding performance to be rewarded. The current system undermines team work when only one or two people can be seen as the "winners" and everyone else is rated as "meets expectations" or even "below expectations" to meet a predefined curve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Pretty good, overall

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Very talented pool of people.

    Cons

    Diminishing benefits and going through personnel reductions at the moment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great atmosphere, relaxed, easy going clean ,great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaucetical Operator in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Pharmaucetical Operator in Kenilworth, NJ

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

    Pros

    Excellent salary,good benefits, chance for advancement.

    Cons

    massive lay off, no recalls,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Management in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Management in Kenilworth, NJ

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

    Pros

    Most of the people who work here are still very committed to the idea that they are working towards providing good medicine for the benefit of the people. There is an ideal that your work matters to people all over the world. Colleagues tend to collaborate well with others and are very respectful. Overall, it is a good environment to work in.

    Cons

    Cooperation and congeniality differs among departments. Therefore, the work environment can differ drastically. Work-life balance depends on your boss. Despite the fact that the company offers great flex benefits, employees are at the mercy of their boss. HR supports management completely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open minded when employees voice concerns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great first job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits, lots of travel (which is a plus for me), my immediate manager is terrific, and the work we do is important to the world.

    Cons

    Management can be slow at times, and communication isn't as good as it could be. Still a culture of bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very challenging work

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

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    You get to learn new technologies, and interact with a variety of positions/skill sets.

    Cons

    Long hours, minimum time to complete projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep celebrating the accomplishments

  8.  

    Great Company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Excellent benefits! Great people to work with, friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Too much change, too often.

  9.  

    6 Years as a Researcher

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Strong technical leadership at the immediate manager level

    Cons

    Tough environment to complete projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Fantastic!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best company to work for!!!

    Cons

    Distance from home and traffic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Innovative company that is very demanding but rewards are good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial Director in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Commercial Director in Whitehouse Station, NJ

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

    Pros

    Challenging ambitious company
    Excellent products with trues added value
    Active in diversity
    Excellent core values and ethics the company trully believes in doing the right thing
    If you like to work in a rapidly changing environment then its a good company to work for

    Cons

    Highly demanding.
    Quite political this is not a company that employs many people over the age of 50 in senior or middle management positions
    Has gone through many reorganisations in the last 5 years
    It's a company that still hasn't reached the place where it wants to be

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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