Merck Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,123 Reviews

3.1
1,123 Reviews
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with opportunities to work from home in most positions (in 112 reviews)

  • Large Company; good benefits; opportunity to learn new preocesses (in 84 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was hard due to work overload due to staff reduction (in 27 reviews)

  • Upper management is only concerned with how much product goes out the door (in 41 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company, has a good future, aims to look after employees,

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitehouse Station, NJ

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, job opportunty, work from home, good levels of training, ability to move between roles and parts of the organization. Ability to build new skills

    Cons

    Salary, does not keep track with outside market for current employees, healthcare and benifits are reducing though still at market norm to low for sector.. Will pay to bring in new talent..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company, but challenging times.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck

    Pros

    Lot's of opportunity, especially in the West Point region where Manufacturing, Research and Commercial organizations reside. Great people with great diversity. I've always felt Merck is truly patient focused and runs the business accordingly.

    Cons

    Merck is 'paying' for years of silo'd operation and high cost structure. Going through continued realignment and separations as the company looks to reduce cost.

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

    Management is running the company to the ground!

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ

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

    Pros

    Teams made of talented scientists across the labs. Not much else.

    Cons

    New management halts creativity and scientific freedom of the organization. Excessive politics: management hires their friends and their friends' network, not those who can actually do their job. Real talents eventually leave the company, one after another for external opportunities where they are much better appreciated and recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stay so we can find better ones elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interview at Merck as a Director in Regulatory

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

    I worked at Merck full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Merck is a very solid company. The interview process is very intense. I was interviewed by 2 big group in 2 different site for two full days. It went well.

    Cons

    Seems very formal with many hierarchy. I was interviewed by many VPs in RA department and in clinical department

  6.  

    You get what you put in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible work life balance and good pay/benefits

    Cons

    Political culture can be hard to navigate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lifetime employee

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    Current Employee - Director Global Regulatory Affairs  in  West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Director Global Regulatory Affairs in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    True belief in manufacture of safe and high quality products. Huge variety of opportunities, if you can't find a position you enjoy then you really must be in the wrong business. The people care about what they do, most will run through a brick-wall to get the job done.

    Cons

    Salary is below average. Policy for promotions is too restrictive, and the headcount reductions are straining the remaining employees to an unhealthy level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a happy place to work!

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    Current Employee - Lab Analyst
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst

    I have been working at Merck as a contractor

    Pros

    Great place to learn skills relevant to the biotech/pharma field.

    Cons

    Too many to list! As a "fresh out of college" newbie, I was excited to start a new job in a big place doing REAL science. Many employees here are very unprofessional and most of them are managers who openly gossip about subordinates and coworkers in the office. As I was being trained, a lot of the science behind our processes was kept from me and I felt like a robot who just worked 8 hours a day carrying out a procedure I had no idea about. Several times, my manager has expressed concern about my work performance giving no ACTUAL or FACTUAL evidence. Overall, the moral and the compensation is too low for me to feel happy or successful here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big has it's problems.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Industry leader and company has a great reputation. Lots of global locations which give potential for movement.

    Cons

    Not a happy place to work. Continually restructuring due to acquisitions making opportunity for growth and more money limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your people within. Recognize outstanding work and promote.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company needs to decide what it is

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    The benefits are good but get less each year.

    Cons

    Restructuring is a constant, Performance reviews are very subjective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    10 Managers in 7 Years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good benefits package, fair pay and work-life balance programs

    Cons

    -Constant reorganizations, people placed into roles not suited to them (take it or leave it) w/o relevant skills or talent. Impossible workloads as workforce shrinks and responsibilities for current employees grow w/o promotion or compensation. Work environment is full of stress, job insecurity and not many seem to have passion/enjoy what they are doing anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -clarify job roles and responsibilities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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