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Merck Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
1,252 Reviews
3.2
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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.  

    The Company

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    Current Employee - Associate Specialist Quality Systems & Compliance in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Specialist Quality Systems & Compliance in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    The company is not stable working environment,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be involved with working conditions.

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

    A good place to work while it lasts

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    Former Employee - Senior Chemsit
    Former Employee - Senior Chemsit

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

    Pros

    Good high quality collogues, not bad compensation

    Cons

    Management doesn't seem to care much about employees. Unknown future for the company, too much change in short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a clear vision for the future of the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best realm for IT but overall nice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    The people are overall very nice. Despite all the layoffs and the general feeling the company has nobody's back to keep them around, somehow people are still nice.

    Cons

    Way too many layoffs. Nowhere to go in IT. They are outsourcing everybody. As for regular employees, they are laying them off like it's nothing to them. Morale overall isnt the best. They clearly havent heard you can't cut your way to prosperity. The problem now is that the talent they wanted to keep are all abandoning ship because they themselves are afraid of being laid off after decades of working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to fix the business model and stop the layoffs if you want to have any type of corporate workplace in the future. If employees can't feel confident they will have a career with you, the best and the brightest won't be part of your workforce, regardless of division.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Limiting

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Great benefits, great relationships. There are opportunities to get bonuses.
    Supporting of work life balance and flexibility.

    Cons

    Heavily outsourced. Upper Management keeps changing direction from year to year, if not sooner. High School like atmosphere when it comes to end of year evaluations.

    Those that talk about work tend to get ahead faster than does making sure the work is done. Poor decision making at executive level and director level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't play favorites and look for real achievements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Friendly yet tough setting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Mostly respectful in climate and some nice people there

    Cons

    Culture does not reward being accountable and driving results
    All the rounds of transformation are a consideration too
    People are afraid for their jobs making the setting tough and at times cutthroat
    Managers do not let their team shine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive more accountability vs rewarding activity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lost cause

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    good benefits package, work-life balance, working remotely encouraged

    Cons

    no stability whatsoever. IT is establishing multiple "technology hubs" overseas, hiring new employees there, and firing them here. This is separate from the off-shoring to third party vendors. Nothing but constant cutbacks year by year. Annual merit increases fall well below the annual cost of living increases as well. If you are an IT/quality assurance professional, AVOID Merck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of just proudly proclaiming to be an "American company" to the shareholders and employees, how about you actually start creating some American jobs instead of sending them to the Czech Republic, Singapore, and India?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Working at Merck can be exhausting, exciting, and sometimes exasperating.

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Summit, NJ

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

    Pros

    Merck has a great deal of resources (capital and human) that provide great opportunities for learning and contributing to important medicines.

    Cons

    The company has been through huge convulsions with acquisitions and subsequent downsizing. This has led to site closings and a great deal of uncertainty for most employees which has continued for an extended period.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    A good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist, Engineering in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Specialist, Engineering in West Point, PA

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    You learn a lot of things in the company, the training for the most part is good but needs a little upgrade.

    Cons

    Going through a lot of changes and is currently not the safest place to work in terms of job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the ship and let people who have the requisite experience run things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    You learn a lot but they also put you through a lot!

    Former Employee - Clinical Development Scientist
    Former Employee - Clinical Development Scientist

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Lengthy processes but mostly effective. Decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Many changes occur and then things get changed back to how they previously were. Your title changes 2000 times. It's difficult to understand the rationale of some changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some middle management layers should be reconsidered.

  11.  

    Good company for people seeking steady salary and lifestyle

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in North Wales, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in North Wales, PA

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

    Pros

    Merck has a rich history of life changing medicine and is one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Well respected within the industry. Lots of smart people, some who care about patients and outcomes. Good pay with great benefits that are not necessarily the norm. Good for moms.

    Cons

    Typical of large companies: lots of bureaucracy and processes, decisions take a longer time to arrive at, many layers that are constantly shifting due to downsizing and reorganizations, not much room for much promotion due to flattening of organization, lateral moves are more prevalent, need to enjoy and engage in politics if one is to move up on the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current manage is putting short term gains ahead of long term visual due to financial constraints resulting in multiple reorganizations so in the long term is this really sustainable? Will this lead to growth and innovation that is needed to stay competitive in an increasingly regulated industry?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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