Merck Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Good company on a decline

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Great work life balance benefits

    Cons

    Not much room for promotion and personal development

  2. Sr. Vaccine Specialty Representative

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative II in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative II in Houston, TX

    I worked at Merck

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

    Pros

    Very difficult to meet expectations bur supportive Managers help make the difference.

    Cons

    Trying to reinvent the wheel under minding what the representative work that has been put in place in order to meet new expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to the ones who want to be with the company and not to much time on those who do not.

  3. Good overall company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, environment, people, location.

    Cons

    Company is downsizing, but still there are opportunities

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  5. Great company with exception culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Merck

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

    Pros

    Merck has so much to offer with the best benefit package and tremendous employee job satisfaction. The culture was so amazing; you just enjoyed going to work everyday!

    Cons

    No cons that come to mind.

  6. Helpful (1)

    No opportunities for advancement. Your job is always in jeopardy.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Vaccine Sales
    Former Employee - Vaccine Sales

    I worked at Merck

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

    Pros

    relative to the industry, not much.

    Cons

    One of the worst companies to work for in the industry, considering pay, advancement and security.

    Advice to Management

    Over haul!

  7. Once was a good company

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large company that takes care of the bottom line. Good for investors.

    Cons

    Does not care about employees. Too old school and dysfunctional corporate culture.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Cares more for making money than their employees, but, makes some amazing vaccines, and really cares about the patients.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Family feel working at a small sight, good bonus when company does well

    Cons

    Too many meetings for managers, Managers making decisions without consulting the people who actually perform the work. Over worked employees. Health benefits suck now.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of taking care of your employees. Look at Biogen, SAS, United Therapeutics, EMC, Cisco, Google etc. Find the young professionals that want to make improvements and get them going and learning. Train and retain your talent before it is too late.

  9. Helpful (5)

    Over 15 years at Merck, with many opportunities and great colleagues, but an increasingly uninspriring work environment.

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Merck

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

    Pros

    The mission of the company is great, some good scientists still remain, and Merck has the resources and infrastructure of a large multinational company.

    Cons

    Morale in the research division is poor because of job insecurity and because nearly all decisions must be elevated to the highest levels. Job insecurity seems to be contributing to a more political environment, a lack of engagement among employees, poor behavior by managers/VPs, and a reluctance for people to speak up..

    Advice to Management

    Senior management of MRL: get your message across with a less condescending tone. Get feedback on effectiveness of VPs from their staff members and act on it.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Good company bad leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

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

    Pros

    Good company, products, science, reputation.

    Cons

    Bad leaders, not good business skills, make bad investments, need a strategy to acquire and build the science and the pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house on all sides and make changes now for the future.

  11. Merck durham

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

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

    Pros

    Easy, light work, good pay for level of work

    Cons

    Cowardly management

    Alot said but never done

    Alot of back stabbing to look better

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that will actually manage and have a back bone

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