Merck Sharp & Dohme Reviews

Updated April 17, 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 and flexible working arrangements (in 13 reviews)

  • Very good benefits and competitive salary (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. Very Good Experience

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    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.

  2. 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

  3. An organization with high core values.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Barceloneta, PR
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Barceloneta, PR

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme

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

    Pros

    A high engagement level to associates, leadership and honest communication.

    Cons

    restructuring, outsourcing, work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for delivered what was promised.

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  5. Excellent place to work. For 25yrs I had a great time.

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    Former Employee - Manufacture Operator in Barceloneta, PR
    Former Employee - Manufacture Operator in Barceloneta, PR

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme

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

    Pros

    The people are great and very helpful. I would like to go back.

    Cons

    Working the rotating shift, but I did it.

  6. It's was a great place to work till they opened the "Innovation Center" in Prague. Limited growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck Sharp & Dohme

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

    Pros

    I chose to work for Merck because of their mission. It's aligns with my values.

    Cons

    There are very little opportunity for growth here. Event management has communicate that there will be more opportunities in their Prague and China offices

  7. Work Flexibility

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck Sharp & Dohme

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

    Pros

    Great flexible work arrangements for employees

    Cons

    No career advancement and growth opportunities

  8. Helpful (1)

    They don't treat contractors well

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in North Wales, PA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in North Wales, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Great on boarding process and thorough training modules. Compensation is great.

    Cons

    They treat contractors like second class citizens when you do just as much work if not more than permanent employees.

    Advice to Management

    Using primarily contract employees allows for too much turnover and employees that aren't dedicated. Departments spend too much time hiring and retraining on a regular basis - there is no knowledge retention within departments.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Worked as an HSA at Merck for 18 years - wonderful company to work for!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    - Good company values and mission statement
    - Great benefits, pension, 401 K plan
    - Ethical

    Cons

    - Unfortunately there have been a lot of nationwide layoffs in the last 3 years

  10. flexible environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck Sharp & Dohme

    Pros

    smart people and sufficient research facilities

    Cons

    Too much political in both working and recruiting now adays

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great

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

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme

    Pros

    Worked in a small group and got to know everyone around me fairly well. It was a almost like a family coming into work.

    Cons

    Upper management can be disorganized and don't communicate with other departments. This causes some confusion in terms of who does what.

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