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  1.  

    Very good working atmosphere

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Madison, NJ
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Madison, NJ

    I have been working at Merck as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience, excellent working atmosphere, multiple projects, travelling benefits and gym facilities for contractors as well, personal growth and development

    Cons

    No cons as such. It is difficult to get sponsorship for H1B for international students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NONE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    6 years in Merck Research Laboratories (basic research) in Neuroscience Drug Discovery at the BS/MS level

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

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

    Pros

    -Flexible work schedule (depending on manager/department)
    -Great entry level job with reasonable room for advancement
    -Paid for a MS degree (but was rejected fo

    Cons

    -Over time, as drug discovery was "streamlined" to be more effective and increase the return on investment, it sort of turned into an assembly line structure where people became a well paid pair of hands
    -Little to no opportunity for advancement within different divisions of the company
    -Hit a ceiling where you are either a PhD or not a PhD and you get "stuck" at MS level jobs. This is okay depending on perspective but frustrating if you want increased responsibility and are willing to work for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Be flexible and do what you can to keep your best people! I understand not wanting to lose a key person in a key role, but if they are consistently in the top 10% of performers, there is a good chance the employee will also succeed at other roles in the company. Local level managers don't always appear to have the best interest of the company at large in mind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Arrogance at it's finest

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    good salary, good benefits, good location

    Cons

    the most politically motivated organization i've ever worked for. those who get promoted are those who think like their superiors. there's no individual thought which means essentially NO innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate director of procurement

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    Former Employee - Procurement
    Former Employee - Procurement

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    The workforce is pleasant and tries to do their best under horrific working conditions

    Cons

    Leadership in procurement has no regard for people, their careers, or any other aspect of talent management other than self-indulgence and grandstanding. It truly is a shame that people leadership roles have no regard for company or people, just themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build your talent without abuse

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very old ship

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    Current Employee - Specialty Representative in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Specialty Representative in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    If you are happy with a rep job and not growing this can work for you. It is possible to have work-life balance

    Cons

    It is very difficult to advance ones career here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work here for the paycheck, not for a fulfilling experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Some flexibility that allows work/life balance (flex time, job share, working remote)

    Cons

    Serious culture issues, obvious communication obstacles between division - each division feels like a different company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emulate the culture you would like to see withing the organization - new catchy phrases and the rollout of complex operating models every year will not fix the root of the problem, it only perpetuates the passive aggressive behavior and lack of empathy that is currently running rampant in almost every division.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Career growth/Promotion at Merck

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Excellent research; Great quality of work; Very organized; Excellent SOPs and training; Admirable colleagues; Great institution feels like going to an Ivy league college every day and learning and contributing!
    Am truly proud to be part of Merck.

    Cons

    Lack of recognition; No possibility for promotion for older experienced employees despite excellent job; Very difficult for minority women to break the glass ceiling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please recognize employees who are contributing to the organization and promote them. Some of us are stuck in our levels for many years with no possibility for promotion. I truly like Merck and do not want to leave to get a better job title elsewhere. I request you to look into HR policies for promotions and please help us.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Declining Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Chance to work with many skilled professionals at every level within the company.

    Cons

    Layoffs, downsizing, re-organizing is a constant worry, no chance of job security anymore. There are no raises even when the cost of living increases. Titles normally associated with seniority have all been flattened so that even a beginning worker has the same title as someone with 10 years of experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest about impending layoffs so that people can plan ahead. By the time layoffs are announced, the rumor mill has already been running for weeks and productivity already stops due to everyone worrying about losing their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very long hours and little appreciation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Salary, great benefits and 4 weeks vacation, and got to work from home as in IT.

    Cons

    Manager mean, and almost no work life balance. Also constant headcount reductions, so always worrying about getting laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your employees some appreciation and acknowledge their efforts. You will get much more out of them that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Merck

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    Former Employee - Scientist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Scientist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice people. Very good support from the contractors and support groups

    Cons

    Working for the company one has an uncertain future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    That is beyond my scope.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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