Merck Sharp & Dohme Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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Merck Sharp & Dohme Chairman of the Board, President, & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is well promoted (in 13 reviews)

  • Good benefits and great talent pool (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is also lacking any innovation (in 6 reviews)

  • Therefore job security is not the best feature here (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Executive Field Sales Representative

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Customer Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Executive Customer Representative in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Merck is a large pharmaceutical company with many benefits. The salary and commission are very good and the benefits are competitive. There is a pension available which is unusual in this day and age. 401k match thru 5%.

    Cons

    Experiencing some of the market place constriction that all pharmaceutical companies have experienced. In general handling these well.

    Advice to Management

    Continue evolutionary process. Become leaner and decentralize decision making more to the best level for rapid implementation.


  2. Great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Benefits are decent
    Very challenging projects and high demand

    Cons

    Upper Management is driven by cost
    Pay increase is small
    Outsource a lot of operations

    Advice to Management

    Money isn't everything


  3. Good perks, OK company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very laid back and collegial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Nepotism in some departments, pettiness if you voice concerns

    Advice to Management

    Do not let department head continue to hire their friends instead of the best person for the job


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good company to get experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bio-Process Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Bio-Process Technician in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, competitive pay, 401k matched, pension after 3yrs of employment

    Cons

    Management is incompetent and lacks trust in employees, they do not listen to their employees, unskillful individuals that lack knowledge are promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the process that your technicians perform daily or simply trust them.


  6. Merck

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Rahway, NJ

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits including on site day care, medical, insurance, dental and saving plans. Dedicated colleagues.

    Cons

    Too many mangement layers - stuck on how to do it rather than getting it done. Still going through too many changes not following the G. Merck philosophy


  7. Good company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme

    Pros

    Ample opportunities for career growth

    Cons

    need to show more agility


  8. Lab tech

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Elkton, VA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Elkton, VA

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good people, lots of good experience, and good life

    Cons

    Senior management and above, bureaucracy, union, and Mr. Frazier

    Advice to Management

    Listen, Stay Positive, Invest in people, cut your own pay when cutting jobs


  9. Financial Analayst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment to meet home life needs. Overall the people were nice and tried to work as a team.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of leadership from management, constant changes in overall direction, and confused culture.

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking for employee surveys if they don't want to hear the truth. It is counter productive to ask employees to be honest and when they are be told they did not understand the questions.


  10. Very Good Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has relatively good benefits. The company promotes work/life balance. The company has made some key acquisitions. I expect MSD to improve substantially in the next five years.

    Cons

    There are constant changes at the company. For examples, layoffs have been announced almost every 2 years or shorter. The instability is causing a lot of good people to leave on their own. Additionally, with the smaller workforce, the amount of work has grown substantially. MSD doesn't pay top salaries.


  11. Excellent company to work for

    Former Employee - Lead Business Analyst in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Lead Business Analyst in Rahway, NJ

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme

    Pros

    Work from Home, Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Unnecessary politics at work, Lot of layers



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