Merck Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
1,174 Reviews
3.1
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions (in 122 reviews)

  • Good benefits and still have a pension program in addition to the 401k (in 93 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. 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
  2.  

    Incompetent IT Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck as a contractor

    Pros

    Large environment, flexibility to work from home, prestigious company

    Cons

    The director level layer of IT is full of incompetent politicians. Typically all directors have been with Merck for 20+ years, they are arrogant and incompetent and given the downsizing and uncertainty at Merck, trying to work with these people is pure hell. The manager level is typically from Schering and they are nicer people and more humble but not very bright either. Do not expect any advancement in IT unless you fit the description above. Also, the environment is quite depressing and demotivating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cleanup the director layer that cannot execute. They create more harm than good to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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
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    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
  6.  

    Pharmaceutical Sales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    The ever-shrinking company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Excellent place to work but lacks job security

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    A place that was good to work at

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    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Whitehouse Station, NJ

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

    Pros

    A place that can be better

    Cons

    Micro-manage, Managers have poor skill sets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A once golden company that has lost it's identity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Since Merck has a solid overall reputation, it is great to have on your resume. The pipeline is promising

    Cons

    This is not the same Merck we all loved and were loyal to. The company is not loyal to anyone and due to this, it's every man for them selves. Due to recent org changes, every person has been afflicted and is operating with a minimalist and cautious approach - a toxic culture. I would not advise anyone to join Merck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget that culture eats strategy for breakfast everyday. Focus on making Merck a company with developmental opportunities and invest in your people. The fabric of the company has left or has one foot out the door...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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