Merck

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Merck Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
1,212 Reviews
3.2
1,212 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 123 reviews)

  • Good benefits and still have a pension program in addition to the 401k (in 95 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.  

    Used to be awesome, now is just ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    the inclusion work was meaningful and enabled a lot of great successes.
    Teamwork by and large was strong.

    Cons

    The whole "do more with less" philosophy ran a lot of good people out. Also, the 1.8% annual raises, for those who meet or exceed objectives, is really short sighted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pharmaceutical Representative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Teamwork is important and doctors appreciate the samples.

    Cons

    Training program is not represented correctly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be upfront when bringing in new hires and make sure they know that their test scores have to be above a 90.

  3.  

    good company, but regular layoffs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Great benefits, including telework; offers training and pays for attending conferences

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement; regular layoffs

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture

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

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

    Pros

    Salary scale competitive in the market.

    Cons

    difficult environment given layoffs over the last few years, health benefits no longer attractive given change from co-pay to coinsurance. Not many opportunities for growth given layoffs, not many folks have moved to recent positions- sense you are stuck in current role for years- limited mobility options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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    Former Employee - Biologist in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Biologist in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pipeline is clearly conveyed. Excellent people to work with and learn from. Benefits are great and bonuses are better.

    Cons

    Company is clearly focused on the bottom line. Competitive and challenging place to work. The balance between work and home is hard to maintain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    High quality likable people. Poor senior leadership and Company direction

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer

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

    Pros

    The people I work with daily are great hard-working individuals who do genuinely care about the quality of their work and the product that leaves the door. They understand that the product is for the people of the world and will never sacrifice quality to make an extra dollar. A tremendous amount of data is available from multiple systems that are harmonized. The work-life balance is attainable.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is more concerned with attaining KPIs and schedule adherence than producing a high quality product that the customer expects. Professional development is lacking compared to it competitors where contributors are placed into positions that they has no experience or desire to pursue without prior knowledge of the transition in some cases. Majority of work day is spent in meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discover the people who work for you; their passions and desires, then put them into the right positions to flourish and blossom. It is easier to work on something that one is passionate about than to begrudgingly work to achieve an Sisyphean task, e.g. Wikipedia compared to Microsoft's Encarta.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Engineer Review

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of different areas to experience

    Cons

    Corporate culture. Not easy to make changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more leadership would go a long way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong pipeline, High integrity & corporate values....challenging industry - must find way to differentiate itself.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Corporate mission / vision, values and strategic intent is clear, credible and compelling as evidenced in product pipeline and priority focus areas. Corporate policies (e.g. benefits, work / life balance) and organizational talent management processes well defined - new compensation framework circa 2012.

    Cons

    Organizations struggle with how to execute - without getting in their own way via elongated decision making, consensus building (not just alignment building which is a necessary business tactic), conflict avoidance, performance management avoidance, communications from top to middle to first line often gets lost or misinterpreted through that pipeline, lack of prudent risk taking. There is still an element of passive aggressiveness that exists though it has tempered somewhat over the years with corporate trainings for transparent communications. Lack of effective change management implementation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess manager competencies to truly LEAD teams effectively through change, focusing on changes in actions and behaviors required to affect desired outcome, to develop talent and performance manage individuals who are not a good fit, to inspire talent to reach their potential, RATHER THAN than just manage people through tasks and activities. Hold Leaders accountable for their performance at all levels to demonstrate commitment to talent. Ensure execution and pull through of corporate strategies are well aligned throughout organizations RATHER THAN ignoring and allowing leaders to focus on their individual silo performance. Continually reinvigorate prudent risk taking to install in cultural DNA of organization. Remove barriers and excessive processes which do not meet business or customer needs and only slow decision making and ability to drive business value.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    eh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Merck has great benefits and seems to take care of the employees. They are flexible.

    Cons

    The company seems to be located far from metro areas and it seems like the people who work there (I was in corporate not science or manufacturing) suffer as a result. Also they seem to be interested in downsizing and outsourcing a lot.

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

    Many opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities to explore without changing employers

    Cons

    Has been going through repeated significant layoffs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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