Merck Sharp & Dohme

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Merck Sharp & Dohme Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
200 Reviews
3.3
200 Reviews
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Merck Sharp & Dohme Chairman of the Board, President, & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
Kenneth C. Frazier
73 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    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
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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6.  

    Large company but little job security in this market

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Primary Care

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

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

    Pros

    the people you work with are great overall, with a few exceptions. The job is pretty easy as long as you stay in front of your customers.

    Cons

    The quality of managers remaining are pretty weak. They are robots, no out of the box thinkers or innovators. Upper management is also lacking any innovation. the pipeline is very weak and does not look promising.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Low morale and unpredictable work environment

    • 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

    Flexible work arrangements including telecommuting options.

    Cons

    The culture does not inspire morale nor loyalty. Example, the performance evaluation program (determines next year's pay increases and bonuses) would be comparable to gladiators in a ring. Whoever is left standing is the victor. Those who are perceived to have the most value are rewarded according to a differentiation scale which managers/directors have to battle it out in a differentiation meeting. Example 25% of employees will be received high rating, 50% receive average, and 25% receive low rating. Employees could be rated in the lowest 5-10% performance category even though they met all their performance goals and objectives because there is a limited number of positions available to fit in the higher categories.

    The company conducts annual employee surveys where the employees give their opinion and feed back on management, their perception of the company, how they feel about their work environment etc. The final overall company rating is linked to employee compensation. Basically, if employees give a 75% rating then they get 75% of the target bonus. If the rating is 25%, then they get 25% of their target bonus. The better rating you give, the more of the target bonus is given. The worse the rating, the less the target bonus is given.

    Unprofessional behavior by some managers and directors such as belittling and yelling at their subordinates in front of other colleagues is looked over. This is largely due that there is no longer a visible HR presence. In past years, HR was a building away. Now, you have to call a toll free number to reach a benefit service center to discuss HR matters. The other pathway is to express your concerns about your management thru 360 feedback on your management. It does not appear to lead to resolution but only more resentment/passive aggressive retaliation when the manager or director reads the feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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