Merck Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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  1. Associate Director Procurement

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director Procurement in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director Procurement in New Brunswick, NJ

    I have been working at Merck full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -procurement rigor and overall skills sets of organization is at a very high level

    Cons

    -not much work life balance, and compensation is not strong


  2. Merger not so smooth

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

    I worked at Merck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and most Merck legacy

    Cons

    Merger with shering plough was not a easy transition with very different cultures. Lost a lot of good legacy folks from both companies.


  3. Sr. Software engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in Kenilworth, NJ

    I have been working at Merck (Less than a year)

    Pros

    process oriented company in East coast

    Cons

    We have to strictly follow the compliance


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  5. Sales rep

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Field, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Field, KY

    I worked at Merck

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

    Pros

    Established company and established products

    Cons

    Too large of a company

    Advice to Management

    Stay big but dont get so complicated


  6. Bioprocessing Technician

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bioprocessing Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Bioprocessing Technician in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Merck (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits...great company to work for!

    Cons

    Doesn't put their employees first when it comes to decision making!

    Advice to Management

    A happy employee is a productive employee, take time to listen to what they are telling you and not just hear them!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Manager/Supervisor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Fast-paced, great managerial experience for someone new to the industry

    Cons

    Inflexible hours; you spend way more than 40hrs on the job and OT is not given. You will most likely have to work holidays. Calling for over-time for technicians is an extreme hindrance in being productive. Technicians are unionized, which adds to hostility within some manufacturing areas. If you are on an off-shift, the chances for advancement are limited, unless you know someone higher up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for advancement and professional development.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Work for two years then get out

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very data oriented, demand for quality science helps grow entry level employees

    Cons

    Benefits and pay raises are awful compared to the rest of the industry. Promotions seem to be few and far between, so get used to seeing colleagues at other companies leave you in the dust. There is no indication the company values its scientists considering how much "belt tightening" they've done . Constant reorganization and layoff leads to uncertainty and low morale. Generally a poor place to try to establish a career. The only value Merck really has to workers is their name on our resume when you search for a new job.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  9. Good Benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Company has a competitive benefits packet and base salary.

    Cons

    Has its politics like any other company. Nothing out of the ordinary.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Low morale

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to build a base in your career.

    Cons

    The constant threat of layoffs turns the employees into their worst ways, making the work environment hostile and disruptive. You can expect someone will try to throw you under the bus if something goes awry. You can also expect that you will not get compensated when you inherit a role (or 2) from someone who got laid off. There is minimum support on projects/tests because everyone else is inundated with other projects. As a result, obtaining results/answers/responses are delayed and the work hours are long and intense.

    Advice to Management

    Use positive reinforcements for encouragement, appreciation and respect from your subordinates.


  11. Not the place to work as an IT Professional but nice place overall

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

    I worked at Merck

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

    Pros

    Benefits such as healthcare, flexible work arrangements and vacation are excellent. Costs of healthcare have gone up over the years, but compared to other companies, this is above the norm. Biggest pro is the ability to have flexible hours. And vacation, holidays and personal time off due to sickness, bereavement and personal issues is excellent. Also, those who are displaced due to reorganizations and reductions in force receive great severance packages.

    Cons

    Over the past 5 years, IT (Information Technology) has been outsourced and offshored. Overall the company is becoming more lean and has phased out many company jobs, not only in IT but in Research and Manufacturing as well, to outsourced vendors.

    Advice to Management

    Keep more jobs in house and don't outsource as much. In the long run, it will save you money.



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