Merck Sharp & Dohme

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Merck Sharp & Dohme Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
210 Reviews
3.2
210 Reviews
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Merck Sharp & Dohme Chairman of the Board, President, & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
Kenneth C. Frazier
79 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance and flexible working arrangements (in 12 reviews)

  • Good salary good benefits good direct management (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management seem erratic sometimes with projects being shipped out a lot (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great benefits, High Integrity

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the best benefits I've seen. Merck really cares about its patients and its reputation and it was important to do the right thing, has high integrity. Compensation was good, probably best in the industry. Management, both people management and project management are very important to Merck and they have strong training programs to help managers be more effective.

    Cons

    They have a lot of initiatives that you sometimes think are a little hokey, but actually add to the culture of the company and how people interact.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    My lifetime dream to work at Merck.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Secrertary in North Wales, PA
    Former Employee - Lead Secrertary in North Wales, PA

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

    Pros

    Great company, great people and great pay.

    Cons

    I was treated horribly when I was sick and needed extra time off. Their time-off policy sucks!!!
    I blaim my supervisor, since he could have done something to help me and he didn't. He still has a job and I don't!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should be aware of the good workers, whether they are sick or not, and dispose of the slackers!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very good environment to work, lots of opportunities for self improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in West Point, PA

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment
    Very process oriented - GxP compliant.
    Plenty of training material and resouces if you want to learn
    Nice canteen

    Cons

    Not very keen about being cost conscious - lots of fluff in projects. The first project that I did wpould have been done in 25% of the budget in a start up company.
    They have a policy of constantly layi9ng off and re-hiring people.
    People often get into the habit of passing the buck - so it becomes difficult to identify who is responsible for what.
    There are processes being followed in paper, but whether they are really being followed is debatable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The employees need to be heard.

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

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

    Pros

    You are given 154 vacation hours the first year.

    Cons

    The job opportunities are not always posted. People are being put into position without posting them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management need to be sure everything is done fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good pay, little room for growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, benefits are great, nice work-life balance

    Cons

    Little room for growth, leadership is out of touch with employees, most in my work group felt undervalued and were waiting for an opportunity to leave. Rampant cost cutting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to retain competent employees and find ways to make employees feel valued. Does it really cost that much to buy lunch for a team when they meet their goals?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company with good benefits

    Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist in Whitehouse Station, NJ

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

    Pros

    Competitive work environment to work

    Cons

    Downsizing has resulted in low employees morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate the top performers

  8.  

    They offer many opportunities at rotations and development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Chemist in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Research Chemist in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    They offer many opportunities at rotations and development.

    Cons

    Uncertainty of staying with company over long term. Frequent layoffs. Work-life balance a bit hard to maintain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with a focused mission.

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

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

    Pros

    High quality people. great connections, solid benefits.

    Cons

    bureacratic environment makes changes lengthy to accomplish.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Sales

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH

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

    Pros

    Has no real pros of working here. The benefit package was decent, offering pension as well as matching it ( not sure if this will be true to new employees. Most managers and sales reps have stayed due to retirement package being cut in half so turn over is pretty slim.

    Cons

    Managers burnt out offering no direction. Too many lay offs and a lot of unknown.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Current employee durham nc

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Times off shift,holidays,sick time,Paycheck, nothing else would be a honest answer. There are no more pros. End

    Cons

    Major back stabbing, Coaches that are not honest. Toxic work enviroment. Coaches stab employees in the back, play employees against each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Site needs a complete change of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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