Merck Sharp & Dohme

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Merck Sharp & Dohme Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
202 Reviews
3.3
202 Reviews
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Merck Sharp & Dohme Chairman of the Board, President, & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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74 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.  

    My lifetime dream to work at Merck.

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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    They offer many opportunities at rotations and development.

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    • 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
  6.  

    Great company with a focused mission.

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    High quality people. great connections, solid benefits.

    Cons

    bureacratic environment makes changes lengthy to accomplish.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern - Decent Company to learn from, Don't expect Anything Else

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Kenilworth, NJ

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As an intern, I was doing employee-like work, which gave me a great idea as to what work would be like full-time.
    People were always willing to reach out to me to provide advice and show me their work area, which increased my understanding of the pharmaceutical industry

    Cons

    They only hire from their interns and co-ops, which sucks because if for some reason they have to hire low amounts of their talent, you won't be hired by them. They are really wishy-washy with telling you about full-time.
    In addition, during the internship, they provide absolutely no assistance in finding and paying for housing, which makes it hard to find housing in the middle of no-where.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really hone down on how many positions you really have before interviewing so many interns for positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Large company but little job security in this market

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Chemist in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Staff Chemist in Rahway, NJ

    I have been working at Merck Sharp & Dohme as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to meet and learn from many different people, Obtain many different technical skills and good place to network.

    Cons

    Very slow in moving up the company and pay is not that great compared to other places.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Competitive Culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck Sharp & Dohme

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, top science. Competitive salary and benefits, in the pharma industry.

    Cons

    Culture of the company is problematic. Hard worker are not appreciated. The company promotes a competitive environment and room for growth is limited.

  10.  

    A lot of self-driven training

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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 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
  11.  

    OK

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

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

    Pros

    good pay, nice people, good publications

    Cons

    slow career growth for PhD scientists

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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