Merkle Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    After doing a great job for a number of years - how could someone get so bad so quick

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours and always a great environment to work in.

    Cons

    After being employed for 8 years - I was given a new supervisor who knew knowing about my job and took and attitude against me because I loved the company and the owner.

    Advice to Management

    Always look into the events that surround an employee after so long that they are making an argument on their job performance.


  2. Growing Pains

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merkle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    VERY impressed with the company's ability to change. Senior management is actually listening, even when some detractors don't think they are. As the company changes, the opportunity to affect change is huge.

    Cons

    A very fast paced, "figure this out" sort of culture. Could use more mentor programs. While the culture is evolving, there is still a remnant of "here's how we've always done it" at play.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your people. Integrate your acquired company staffs as soon as possible into the main company.


  3. Not much direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merkle full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall a decent company to work for. Diverse technology to attract many different industry specific searches. Open to alternate work locations, offices, remote/home, and commuting.

    Cons

    Not all managers or people responsible for work direction are adept or comfortable with remote working relationships. Work direction was sometimes lost with the distance.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide a good work/life mix.


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  5. Great place to learn and grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merkle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    lots of opportulnities to learn and grow; fast paced and never a dull moment

    Cons

    a couple of sacred cows within management -- be careful

    Advice to Management

    be geniune and evaluate each team member on their contribution, not popular opinion.


  6. AWESOME growing, creative company full of highly intelligent people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - People Department in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - People Department in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merkle full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a company full of people who are great to work with, and so great - you'd also like to spend time with them outside of work. Great energy - great focus, growing market with digital CRM. Tons of opportunity for career advancement and learning.

    Cons

    Have seen none so far! Great opportunities to contribute to growth

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing - showing that you care; supporting such a great culture


  7. Helpful (5)

    Smart people, those that are left

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merkle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn technologies and grow your skill set. The people are top notch and there is a ton of opportunity to learn. Tools are in place to allow effective communication across the different co-locations and there is a lot of flexibility in benefits for work from home and PTO. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Company has really shifted from trying to be a great place to work to shipping jobs offshore to increase revenue. The top level leadership really does not have any idea what the rest of the company is doing, except other than keeping a tight grip on utilization as the main performance indicator. Be prepared to work a lot of hours to meet unrealistic utilization numbers or you'll get replaced.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO is a puppet to the Board and is more concerned about numbers than the people. It's unfortunate that he started this company with people in mind and now all vision is really lost.


  8. Helpful (8)

    You can learn a lot but beware

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merkle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked with some very smart people who really care about doing a great job.

    Cons

    60 hour weeks will be the norm on many projects. Can go months working 7 days, nights, holidays and weekends. Sales rule so they promise everything without consideration of who actually has to do the work. Management wants the great place to work ribbon so bad they literally tell employees what to answer totally ignoring actually making any improvement changes. The worse thing about Merkle is they allow the Bullying of Employees. I witnessed several times great, long time employees humiliated, accused, and threatened by made up accusations. Exactly why this has been allowed to happen I do not know but it represents the scary underlying culture present at Merkle.

    Advice to Management

    Making money is not a life and death job, quit treating it that way.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Financial Officer in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Chief Financial Officer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merkle full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong market position/market leader; intentional strategy; well developed and articulated culture; open to change; energy and pace of a start up but benefits of cmpany that has been around for 25+ years; place where employees can have a significant impact and make a large contribution; unafraid to seek out and drive change; numerous opportunities for employee feedback and interaction with specific responses to that feedback

    Cons

    the company has a very high pace which not every one can handle - I thrive in this type of environment and seek it out but not all do

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course - keep driving the changes needed to maintain our position in the marketplace and enable the organization to scale for the next level of growth


  10. good place for fresh grads

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Merkle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    for new grads, its a good place to learn and get start in analytics there are a lot of smart people working in there

    Cons

    fast paced working environment long work hours frequent re-organization


  11. Helpful (8)

    Totally disillusioning

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merkle full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some very smart folks at Merkle...but they leave before reaching senior positions.

    Cons

    Constant organizational changes create unnecessary challenges. An almost fetishistic emphasis on "company culture" - which as other reviews have noted, is white, male, redneck. High turnover for obvious reasons. A very 20th Century atmosphere of artificial competition.



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