Merck Sharp & Dohme

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Merck Sharp & Dohme Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
216 Reviews
3.2
216 Reviews
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Merck Sharp & Dohme Chairman of the Board, President, & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
Kenneth C. Frazier
81 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Respectful Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Associate III in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Support Associate III in West Point, PA

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

    Pros

    They take the time to properly educate you on the job at hand. They strongly care about their employees and their wellbeing! Every time you go for a new job they thoroughly train you and take the time to answer any questions associated with the task. The jobs are taken very seriously. They have meetings before every shift to discuss what went on in the previous shift and what will happen on the next shift. Periodically there were meetings to give you health tips of the month, (e.g. how to deal with stress).

    Cons

    There were absolutely no con's in my opinion for working for this company!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Experience!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme

    Pros

    Team atmosphere; Nice colleagues; Great company benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance; limited resources

  3.  

    Could Be Better, But Could Be Worse

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

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

    Pros

    There are plenty of perfectly nice people, and the food in the cafeteria is also pretty good. They have a pretty good vacation package and benefits plan.

    Cons

    They don't tend to hire temp-to-perm, which can lead to wasting talent that they've developed for as much as 4000 hours. There is also a need for an overall mindset change towards personal accountability, and doing things the right way, because it's the right thing to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Permanently hire the contractor talent you cultivate, and work to change the operations mind-state to one that is more quality oriented. If everyone is on the same page, as far as the level of caring, then more good work is possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company that lost it's focus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Business Manager-S2
    Current Employee - Territory Business Manager-S2

    I have been working at Merck Sharp & Dohme

    Pros

    Salary,bonus,benifits,company car and expense account

    Cons

    Lack of mobility,too much busywork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merck is a good employer that tries to do well but it's employees. Unfortunately, management has gone off track and seems consume end with filling field sales days with tasks that are not only worthless for driving business but seriously detract from employees abilities to meet goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great benefits, High Integrity

    • 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 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
  7.  

    My lifetime dream to work at Merck.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Good pay, little room for growth.

    • 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 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
  11.  

    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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