Merck Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great managers. Reasonably well organized.

    Cons

    Over outsourcing of IT to locations that save money up front but will cost the organization dearly 3-5 years from now. Great benefits that are slowly eroding.


  2. No Longer a good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Research in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Clinical Research in Rahway, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Not many Pros to consider any longer

    Cons

    Due to constant layoffs within the department morale is low, turnover is high, workload is high. Most good management has left or has been laid off. Management's focus in on the bottom line. Example, employees need to pay for coffee. In the past this was free. You would think management would want workers alert and awake in the afternoons.

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Stable Business and good margins

    Cons

    Conservative approach no development for employees, most functions are outsourced.


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  5. Director, R&D IT

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ

    I worked at Merck (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, hours, benefits. Flexible work arrangements. Great mission.

    Cons

    Continuous outsourcing/offshoring of jobs to cut costs and remain competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Lay off the disengaged workers first. They don't really want to be there anyway; they are just too lazy to find a new job or feel entitled to severance. There are a lot of good, energetic people who are willing to go the extra mile to see the company succeed; those are the keepers!


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    work life balance, good low to middle management, opportunity to move within the company

    Cons

    routine layoffs, a lack of competitive compensation within the industry, low and stagnant merit increases, obsesively focused on cutting costs in the interest of appeasing stock holders.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Eh....

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay and benefits. Flexible schedule. Seem to care about the well being and safety of their people. Smart people throughout

    Cons

    zero room for advancement. pay raises are a joke. constant state of fear due to layoffs that seem never ending.

    Advice to Management

    spread the wealth. notice people who work hard and actually care. dont just promote those in the "inner circle"


  8. Helpful (1)

    Administrative Assistant

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

    I worked at Merck (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good people, good people to work for

    Cons

    Constant layoffis, obsession with saving money, which is to the detriment of the company and its employees.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see Merck invest more in its employees, especially the long-time employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Principal scientis

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Rahway, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top quality science and excellent colleagues. Merck is a place where you can really make a difference and improve healthcare

    Cons

    Through constant reorganizations much of the company and especially upper management appears to focus primarily on preserving their jobs, which hurts morale


  10. Biometrician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    too many layers and not very transparent on decision making


  11. Helpful (1)

    Systems Analyst

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

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Pension, 401k match, ability to work from home a couple of days a week and ability to park inside the building or close to the building.

    Cons

    Instability of positions, constant fear or threat of layoffs can lead to depressing, unengaged, unenthusiastic work environment

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote team building and engagement activities to foster some sense of concern and well being for the employees that are still there.



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