Merck Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Manger

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    Current Employee - Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good beneits, work life balance

    Cons

    Constant Layoff's, lack of strategy

    Advice to Management

    Needs a good business strategy


  2. Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    employee turn over due to merger


  3. Helpful (1)

    Frustrating

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good products, reputable company, good training

    Cons

    weak manager, too many reps in field


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  5. Helpful (2)

    No Loyalty, "Me-Too" Drug Research

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in West Point, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Research budgets are generous (or were), ample time is given to investigate scientific leads (but that also made it hard to judge when a project was dead). Pension, benefits, vacation time and culture are very good. I really enjoyed who I worked with. The West Point site had a very academic feel, and I find that a plus.

    Cons

    I worked there for 17 years and each year was different depending on the zeitgeist of management tools. We wasted a lot of time redefining research areas and re-positioning "teams". So many good, talented professionals left or were severed so that management could restructure and back-fill lab-positions. It is an elitist corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Settle on a strategy and stick to it. George deserves a better legacy.


  6. Merck Scientist

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic co-workers. Brilliant Scientists. Tuition Assistance. We do have our own employess credit union and will soon have an on-site gym

    Cons

    We lost our on-site Day care. Work from home schedules are difficult to come by. Raises and promotions have been stagnant recently.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Merck Lacks Leadership and Strategy for Growth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, 401k, vacation generous with shut-down christmas week, Good reputation in industry, really smart people, decent work-life balance. Some good leaders.

    Cons

    Top talent left or leaving, Executive leadership out if touch, lack of strategy/plan fir future revenue growth, slow to change.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out who you are and what you want to be and make lasting changes. Focus on talent! Engage all employees!!!!


  8. Merck

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent scientists that are dedicated to mission

    Cons

    Poor upper management that flip flip strategy too often

    Advice to Management

    Delegate


  9. Helpful (1)

    Merger not so smooth

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and most Merck legacy

    Cons

    Merger with shering plough was not a easy transition with very different cultures. Lost a lot of good legacy folks from both companies.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Mother Merck no Longer Exists

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours in certain fields and few restrictions on scientific resources to do very interesting science.

    Cons

    The annual salary increases are actually below COL therefore each year you actually receive a decrease in pay. Corporate rhetoric claims they offset this with bonuses. Salary deference between starting PhD (0 yrs industry experience) and people with 5+ yrs experience is in tens of thousands. Use Merck for a couple years to put on your resume and then move quickly if you don't get laid of during a "reorg."

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more and that doesn't mean shoving surveys down their throats and wondering why they don't go in your favor.


  11. Was a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Merck in Basic Research from the mid-90's till 2013. During that time basic research transformed from a university style research environment to a commercially driven research organization. There are still bright and motivated people at Merck with some exciting scientific challenges.

    Cons

    Yearly, or bi-yearly layoff cycles take a toll on organizations and people. When this cycle continues for more than ten years, the effects are significant. Long term career opportunities on the senior technical ladder for people who are early retirement eligible are slim.



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