Merck Sharp & Dohme Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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Merck Sharp & Dohme Chairman of the Board, President, & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
Kenneth C. Frazier
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is well promoted (in 13 reviews)

  • Good benefits and great talent pool (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is also lacking any innovation (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Executive Field Sales Representative

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Customer Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Executive Customer Representative in Indianapolis, IN

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

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

    Pros

    Merck is a large pharmaceutical company with many benefits. The salary and commission are very good and the benefits are competitive. There is a pension available which is unusual in this day and age. 401k match thru 5%.

    Cons

    Experiencing some of the market place constriction that all pharmaceutical companies have experienced. In general handling these well.

    Advice to Management

    Continue evolutionary process. Become leaner and decentralize decision making more to the best level for rapid implementation.


  2. World class research, if you don't mind moving up

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

    I have been working at Merck Sharp & Dohme (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    World-class science and innovation. Top of the line instrumentation and technology is available, and partnerships with vendors to development new technologies is actively encouraged. Flex hours and flexible vacation time makes for a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, unless you're one of the "favorites" that always seem to do well when performance evaluation time rolls around.


  3. Victim of constant outsourcing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Whitehouse Station, NJ

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme

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

    Pros

    Benefits were good, hours flexible, not a bad commute when they were in central NJ (Whitehouse)

    Cons

    Too much reliance on the outsourcing, allowing years of in-house experience to walk out the door, management too resistant to change anything or adapt to the current work environment, notoriously cheap when it came to salary

    Advice to Management

    wake up to 2015 and start thinking about bring jobs back in house instead of constant downsizing


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  5. Great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with Benefits are decent Very challenging projects and high demand

    Cons

    Upper Management is driven by cost Pay increase is small Outsource a lot of operations

    Advice to Management

    Money isn't everything


  6. Good perks, OK company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very laid back and collegial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Nepotism in some departments, pettiness if you voice concerns

    Advice to Management

    Do not let department head continue to hire their friends instead of the best person for the job


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good company to get experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, competitive pay, 401k matched, pension after 3yrs of employment

    Cons

    Management is incompetent and lacks trust in employees, they do not listen to their employees, unskillful individuals that lack knowledge are promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the process that your technicians perform daily or simply trust them.


  8. Merck

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Rahway, NJ

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits including on site day care, medical, insurance, dental and saving plans. Dedicated colleagues.

    Cons

    Too many mangement layers - stuck on how to do it rather than getting it done. Still going through too many changes not following the G. Merck philosophy


  9. Good company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merck Sharp & Dohme

    Pros

    Ample opportunities for career growth

    Cons

    need to show more agility


  10. Lab tech

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Elkton, VA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Elkton, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good people, lots of good experience, and good life

    Cons

    Senior management and above, bureaucracy, union, and Mr. Frazier

    Advice to Management

    Listen, Stay Positive, Invest in people, cut your own pay when cutting jobs


  11. Financial Analayst

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

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment to meet home life needs. Overall the people were nice and tried to work as a team.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of leadership from management, constant changes in overall direction, and confused culture.

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking for employee surveys if they don't want to hear the truth. It is counter productive to ask employees to be honest and when they are be told they did not understand the questions.



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