Merck Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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  1. Project Manager

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager
    Former Contractor - Project Manager

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Creative people. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    Trying to quantify creative via billable hours was nearly impossible on top of working at an hourly rate. Very stressful, it undermined the work and short-changed the clients. At the end of the day all any of the employees cared about were how many hours they were allotted per project so they wouldn't eventually lose their job, which many did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they're worth and offer benefits. People other than corporate executives have families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. No longer a leader in science

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

    I have been working at Merck full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    1. fun and layback work environment
    2. supportive people
    3. good work-life balance

    Cons

    1. heavily layered organizational structure
    2. lots of politics
    3. R&D being one of the first groups affected in meeting the company's financial goals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Transitional from merger

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Benefits, good peers to work with

    Cons

    Uncertainty, no stability and yearly layoffs add to pressure

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  5. Great for a job, not good for a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Pay is good. Managers and coworkers are friendly and helpful. Good rewards system. Good place to get a job and do the minimum not to get fired. Easy to milk the system.

    Cons

    Managers are powerless to break through stupid policies. Career advancement is for those who are polished and don't rock the boat. Sr. Managers act in their best self interest instead of what's best for Merck.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Merck employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    A big Pharma company to work for.

    Cons

    Too many people let go....Need to treat people with respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many queen bees and not enough worker bees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Overall, the salary and benefits were excellent; sales environment ever changing; high stress

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    Former Employee - Executive Customer Representative in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Executive Customer Representative in Harrisburg, PA

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Salary & benefits; leadership more involved than in previous years

    Cons

    Continual transition and change; expectations that were highly subjective and not always realistic; company's focus continues to be on developing weaknesses than utilizing strengths... so frustration sets in; constant down-sizing and team changes; opportunities for advancement/promotion slim

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

    West Point, PA. Toxic work atmosphere

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

    I have been working at Merck full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Large site, many good people and opportunities.

    Cons

    At the time I was there, before the most recent cutbacks, there was an undercurrent of poor attitude. Never encountered an atmosphere of disrespect and a lack of willingness to assist a new employee. Honestly felt there was something wrong on the second day of orientation. The attitude and treatment of the people was a real eye opener. I would imagine it has gotten worse with the recent cutbacks.

    It had been a sterling company growing up in the area. The quote "All that glitters is not gold" rings true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers with departments that leave in short order, should be looked at carefully. Not everyone is a fit to manage people.

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

    Typical Big Pharma Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    coworkers made the day bearable

    Cons

    Upper management makes too many decisions
    No room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people actually doing the work

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company to Start

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Smart Coworkers, Great Development Opportunities, Exciting Science.

    Cons

    Horrible managers, long hours for no reason but to appease upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your people move and develop, focus on getting results, not how many hours you put in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 4 years in department. Stared as a contractor.

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    Current Employee - Associate Specialist in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Specialist in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements and start times

    Cons

    Laying everyone off. Turn over is high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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