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Merck Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
1,213 Reviews
3.2
1,213 Reviews
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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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    Desktop Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Kenilworth, NJ

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment at the time I was there. However it was temporary.

    Cons

    Corporate decisions to merge with Merck may not have been a good idea.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Did not work there long enough to know the structure very well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great People to Work With (Nice Atmosphere), Lack of Upward Movement(s)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Compensated appropriately, Good departmental teamwork

    Cons

    Lack of training; workers are stretched so thin, they do not have the time to fully train new workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time out to adequately train new workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    CCM-GP

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CCM in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - CCM in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Great place to begin your career. Brilliant people to work with. Competitive salary and benefits. Flexible work schedule. With regards to the GP team, very good communication and acceptance to new ideas.

    Cons

    Very hard to move to other opportunities within the company or get promoted unless you know the right people. It's who you know rather than what you know. With this said, will likely outgrow the company with in five years. Health benefits are good, but getting worse every year. Finance department has a reputation of pulling people into large scale high profile projects and then laying them off after successful implementation. Huh!! Finance tends to promote inexperienced people into director positions rather than promote experienced individuals who have been working in that capacity for 5+ years. Their philosophy is "a true leader can manage any area". Not working out so well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have an attorney run a drug company. Management needs to improve quick or they will continue to lose experienced people. Stop taking away benefits. You're a multi billion dollar company. You can afford it. Especially with all of the layoffs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Quakity Control Manager

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    Former Employee - QC Manager in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - QC Manager in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    It used to be a very good enviroment to work in. The workers are great.

    Cons

    The human condition is not considered for the salary employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    contract sales not compensated like a regular employee, while expected to do the same work

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

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

    Pros

    not much to say about the co.

    Cons

    excelled not compensated the same as the Merck employees. Not acknowledged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all sales people are treated with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Merck Central Engineering (CE) Projects SHEQ Programs

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Construction SHEQ Manager (Secondee) in Clifton, NJ
    Former Employee - Construction SHEQ Manager (Secondee) in Clifton, NJ

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    CE Project Managers are very knowledgeable of construction SHEQ requirements and related programs. Demonstrate commitment & support of SHEQ programs by active participation i& support of all site SHEQ related activities, as well as recognizing exceeding SHEQ performance expectations.

    Cons

    Plant commitment to SHEQ construction/major maintenance programs were not visibly demonstrated and often tolerated dual compliance standards by dis-regarding Plant Maintenance staff (often union personnel) violations of SHEQ work practices, working near by or adjacent to CE Projects contractor staffs. Site SHE personnel did not appear to have local site management support to properly address this matter.

    Corporate CE Projects SHE Manager (AP/Australia Expat) did not walk the talk (lead by example) SHEQ field compliance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address/remove Plant Maintenance staffs (especially union crews) non-compliant practices of proper SHEQ work practices.
    Ensure all Corporate Staff in Leadership positions are committed to be SHEQ champions by active leading by example & personally addressing SHEQ violations upon observation of such violations, as well as recognizing exceedances of SHEQ requirements /expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    No job stability, emotionally draining.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Whitehouse, NJ
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Whitehouse, NJ

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good compensation and benefits; good work-life balance.

    Cons

    No career progression, map, or growth; continual reductions; poor morale; moved to all open work-spaces; no agility; no intellectual challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make org changes fast, with rationale, don't draw them out for 5 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Contracting

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    Current Employee - Executive Professional Representative in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Executive Professional Representative in Lansing, MI

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

    Pros

    Its people. Everybody works very hard to try and pull the company out of its tailspin slide the last ten years.

    Cons

    Upper Management disconnected. The sales environment has changed. Product launches are not like the use to be “back in day.” Management has to understand that things take a little longer when launching. A lot less reps, a lot less resources, access is tough, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    patience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Downhill

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

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

    Pros

    Get to produce great products that save lives
    Opportunity to learn
    Decent pay and vacation
    There are some great people there

    Cons

    Downsizing leads to overworked employees; focus on money, not quality; system of employee assessment hinders teamwork; benefits worsening; Union runs the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Differentiation doesn't work; Focus on Quality instead of profit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Merck review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Large company, many resources available

    Cons

    Job security is constantly at risk due to reorganization

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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