Merck Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Good Work Life Balance

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

    I worked at Merck full-time

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

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Some areas of micromanagement and red tape

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees to take ownership and decisions


  2. Fair and Business Minded

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Sales in Honolulu, HI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy to some degree. Good family balance

    Cons

    Company is very large, clumsy

    Advice to Management

    Left hand, right hand?


  3. Helpful (1)

    Current Sales Professional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX

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

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

    Pros

    - compensation
    - benefits
    - work-life balance

    Cons

    - declining sales
    - endless down-sizing
    - slow
    - not entrepreneurial in thinking at all
    - 99% of energy spent on compliance vs. sales
    - contract sales people is the new trend - they are cheap and expendable
    - few opportunities for advancement
    - expect micro-management
    - public increasingly spiteful towards pharmaceuticals because of yearly egregious price increases - industry is economically unsustainable: pharma, health insurance, and physician costs all must change

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't recommend anyone coming to work here or in pharmaceuticals.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    MPS is BS

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Technician in Millsboro, DE
    Current Employee - Lead Technician in Millsboro, DE

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

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

    Pros

    not many anymore... used to be a better place to work

    Cons

    current morale is at all time low

    Advice to Management

    change your focus to retaining talented people instead of driving them away


  6. Senior Scientist

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

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

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

    Pros

    Brilliant co-workers, well equipped labs

    Cons

    Poor morale, no transparency, constant re-orgs

    Advice to Management

    Stop re-organizing!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Big Pharma - Tough Business ....

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

    I worked at Merck (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Work with some incredibly talented people in the science field for a company that is driven by improving the quality of life around the globe.

    Cons

    They are going through what many of the Big Pharma institutions are going through from a pipeline perspective and they are focusing their efforts on core business and research. If you are in an operational support area, career opportunities may be limited.

    Advice to Management

    I have not heard George Merck's mantra of "We try never to forget that medicine is for the people. It is not for the profits. The profits follow, and if we have remembered that, they have never failed to appear." in quite a few years.


  8. Good overall

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

    I have been working at Merck full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    very flexible with home/work life

    Cons

    salaries are low, lower morale


  9. Helpful (2)

    Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - JVaccine Sales Representative in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - JVaccine Sales Representative in Eugene, OR

    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

    Important products that promote public health

    Cons

    Not a sales company. Very poor management at all levels. Demoralizing corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and/or hire people who come with a strong sales background, not necessarily from the health care industry


  10. Helpful (1)

    executive director culture and change

    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Great values and principles. Highly committed, loyal and well educated l workforce.
    Strong management team and more often than not work for the common good of the patients, shareholders and employees.

    Cons

    Can get a bit bueracratic and "Stove piped" when approaching complex issues. This has enabled a few missed opportunities to leveraged learnings and best practices.

    Advice to Management

    continue to be open to learnings from non merck sources while remembering that you have developed very deep skills in your current workforce


  11. Helpful (2)

    Quality

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Benefits, location, good cafeteria. Nice gym on site.

    Cons

    Poor management and supervisors. No job security.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire if you are going to have a mass layoff in a year or two.



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