Merck Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
1,169 Reviews
3.1
1,169 Reviews
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
Kenneth C. Frazier
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions (in 120 reviews)

  • Good benefits and still have a pension program in addition to the 401k (in 92 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction (in 29 reviews)

  • Upper management take care of each other creating the perception of insularity (in 44 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, struggling right now.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working at Merck provides a sense of doing good for people and their health, there are some very smart people there and nearly everyone is [professional and dedicated

    Cons

    Right now the company has an old product portfolio and is not growing revenue, so layoffs have been a regular occurrence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just make sure your next couple of product launches come on-time and are successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I really enjoyed the work I did at Merck and the People, not so much management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    1, Good healthcare, but all pharma companies you're paying more for your share.
    2. Reasonable salaries
    3. Strives to keep ahead of the competition
    4. Great Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    1-Silo work environment
    2, Professional advancement offered to the selected few.
    3. More of a search and development, buying smaller companies with hopeful product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to bring back their own Research and Development
    Invest and promote professional development in ALL of your employees
    Educate Stockholders in patience and not to expect double digit returns every year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    14 years from great to bad

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    Former Employee - Scientist II in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Kenilworth, NJ

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

    Pros

    Big pharma budget (in relative terms), GLP-like lab organization, opportunities for cross-training, remaining perks (decent vacation is the last one left)

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lack of foresight, poor R&D process, no clear vision, no long term plan. It is not clear how Merck intends to generate a healthy product pipeline with such erratic decision making over the last 7 years. The talent pool has been gutted through layoffs and brain drain (voluntary separations), processes were compromised through outsourcing to unproven CROs and decisions on feeding projects into pre-clinical research space have been stifled by the over-abundance of caution. In such risk-averse corporate culture, Merck would be well served to keep selling Coppertone as they are incapable of long-term commitment to investing in bringing new drugs on the market. Ironically, Merck divested themselves of the consumer products division, reportedly just to get some cash flow. Bad outlook.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Better Rethink Merck

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Some benefits. Cut down to "lousy benefits"

    Cons

    Cut down on Education assistance. Now YOU pay for it and they reimburse a portion. Management is total corrupt (matter of time before someone sues) and good performance is only rewarded with more work unless you have a "buddy". But... That's Corp today.

    If you are desperate, Merck is good. Otherwise go else where.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Short Titkle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    benefits, training benefits training benefits health pension401k

    Cons

    garbage ceo, senior mgmt, layoffs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Continued downsizing and outsourcing are taking a toll on the long range outlooks of even the most ardent survivors

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and generally strong cross team collaboration. Risk taking is truly encouraged, but bee sue to have higher level backing in advance just in case the results fall short of expectations.

    Cons

    Too much to be done with far fewer resources to do everything well. Taking work out of the system is frequently preached, but seldom practiced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with culture surveys, especially those that hit you in the wallet for your courage and candor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Pharmaceutical Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Salary, the advancement opportunity as well as bonuses benefits and retirement. The management was dependent on location.

    Cons

    Constantly changing bonus structure, inconsistent managed care coverage. With Obama care on the horizon the influx of undertrained contract sales was a negative impact overall on the level of credibility which Merck always brought to the table.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Supply Chain Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Working on my site is great. Great Collaboration and team building

    Cons

    Being away from corporate office feels like we are not value

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value everyone's work and ideas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent place to work but lacks job security

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Great company culture of putting patients ahead of profits. The employees are top notch in the industry.

    Cons

    Company has been downsizing repeatedly over last 7 years leading to low job security and low employee engagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better ways to retain employees and to provide career growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The ever-shrinking company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Reasonable work-life balance, decent pay. Pretty flexible on remote and irregular work arrangements. I've had some great co-workers and managers, and have met some really great people.

    Cons

    Headcount reductions are a regular occurrence, lots of bureaucracy and back stabbing to get ahead, lack of transparency when dealing with employees. Upper management take care of each other creating the perception of insularity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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