Merck Sharp & Dohme

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Merck Sharp & Dohme Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
185 Reviews
3.3
185 Reviews
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Merck Sharp & Dohme Chairman of the Board, President, & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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68 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is well promoted (in 10 reviews)

  • Very good benefits and competitive salary (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Union is too strong and Upper Management is too afraid to do anything about it (in 5 reviews)

  • At Merck, it is very difficult to move around or up (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A lot of self-driven training

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Allows you to grow at your own pace.

    Cons

    No feedback when applying for different jobs and you don't get them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give feedback on performance often

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent working environment where the employees are provided with the technology and resources to succeed.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Juan, PR

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company is driven into promoting a fast paced but well balanced work load. The benefits they provide their employees are excellent and allow for personal growth within the company if you are willing to give it your 100%.

    Cons

    Make sure you negotiate your salary and benefits up front. Might take longer than expected to grow within the company but once you prove yourself the opportunities are there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should promote a better communication with employees regardless of their field of expertise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The good outweighs the bad.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist  in  Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Specialist in Whitehouse Station, NJ

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

    Pros

    - Pensions
    - Great People
    - Great Network
    - Flexible Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    - Low yearly raises <3%
    - Compensation not as great as the 90s
    - Beauracracy
    - People who create problems are more rewarded than those utilize simplicity to avoid them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Be Transparent about your mission. People are not your biggest asset...shareholders are...be honest about that. we're adults, we can handle it.
    - The compensation structure needs to improve, bottom line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Used to be a great place to work but employee care and health benefits are going down hill.

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great training systems in place.

    Cons

    Bosses buddies are getting promoted even though they are low performers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The company is not the same since the Schering/Merck merger; they are working hard to hold on to legacy reputations.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist  in  West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I was fortunate to have my MS degree sponsored by the department. I believe this will help me advance in my career. I worked at Merck for 15+ years the compensation was good, however benefits have eroded. They still have a pension plan and 401K.

    Cons

    Today at Merck, I do not believe they want to retain employees long term. They do treat you well while you are there, however, it seems you are rewarded if you jump jobs every 2-3 years. This presents a problem when working on product development that may take 3,5, or 10 years. With people constantly changing positions and leaving the company there are few people who have the full institutional knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When I joined the company, the culture was based on a George Merck quote, "remember the medicine is for the people, the profits will follow". I admired this standard. This translated into a business driven by scientific and medical need. Today, post merger, so many decisions seem to be driven by profits. I can understand the business spin given for each decision. As a scientist, I do not admire this standard. Time will tell if the 'profits will follow'.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work in general, but good offer more growth opportunities for young professionals

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits even at the entry level and for co-op students and interns

    Cons

    The mentoring environment is missing. This is essential especially in research for young professionals to grow. Managers tend to be concerned about just their self interests. This is of course not true of all department, but this was true of my particular department at Merck.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Merck hires really bright folks, however the recent pipeline failures have been brutal

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect  in  Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Whitehouse Station, NJ

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some of the smartest folks around, and a mission that you can believe in and support.
    Lots of different divisions in which you can learn from good people.

    Cons

    Poor pipeline over the last 10 years resulted in layoff after layoff.
    Mid to upper level management consists of infighting and turf wars.
    They are betting the company on labrolizumab.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    QC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, reasonable management,

    Cons

    Overall ok. Not too much con.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent, generous

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative  in  South Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in South Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Very professional, great culture, respectful to staff

    Cons

    Healthcare in General has suffered a decrease in revenue due to increased utilization in generics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions have been limited in the last 8 years.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A place where you can work for a long time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies. You felt proud of working here. The benefits are compatible with similar companies. People are generally nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Cost cutting and lay offs lately have created uncertainty to many people due to outside competition. Not easy to get around due to a very complex organization structure. Career advancement is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time with lower level of management or shop floor to learn and understand the actual situation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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