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Merkle Reviews in Columbia, MD

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
189 Reviews
3.4
189 Reviews
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Pros
  • It was a great working environment with smart people where they try to empower their employees (in 34 reviews)

  • Work/life balance: Availability to work from home occasionally really helps with work/life balance (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Running hard means work life balance sometimes suffers (in 17 reviews)

  • If you are not in senior management you have no chance to obtain this award (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Challenge yourself mentally, and push your self with a competent team.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Vice President in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Merkle full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Merkle focuses on clutural fit first. There are lots of smart people out there, but the key is to find the smart folks who are passionate about what they do, and know how to laugh at each other and themselves.

    A truly stimulating environment where hard work and initiative gets rewarded. In all my years I have never worked with the talent I work with here, and after 5 years, I have yet to find someone I wouldn't have a beer with on my own time.

    People here are best described as interesting and interested.

    Cons

    The nature of the client focus results in little time available to interact with your peers/colleagues.

    This is not an environment in which to catch your breath. Come to Merkle to work hard (not to hide).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to do what you do, and keep the books open for the team.
    Perhaps less time spent thinking about new titles for the internal roles would be beneficial as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its OK, it can be much much better though. All the ingredients are there.

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

    I have been working at Merkle full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Talent is amazing - some really smart people in the organization. Deal with very marketing projects and work very relevant and in high demand in the current economy.

    Cons

    Constant changes, not always due to a good reason. Poor attrition rate, due to burn-out or dissatisfaction, both really common with most exits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure it out

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall not Bad.

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

    I have been working at Merkle full-time

    Pros

    Good work ethics. People seem to want to get it done. Great place to learn and work on new technologies. There is great transparency from the Management on what's going in the company.

    Cons

    Every couple of years management makes random and big changes. The Anti-Peoples department (HR) is the worse and should be replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One change you should make is let go the whole peoples department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    You get back what you put in...mostly

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

    I have been working at Merkle full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Merkle is a very challenging place to work, because it only wants people that are willing to work hard and are motivated by getting things done...and stretchy your capabilities to do so. People that survive the whiplash of getting through the door are typically the ones willing to do anything and everything...because they WANT to. People that don't, are those that are in it for the 9-5 and a paycheck. Work hard and you will be rewarded.

    Cons

    At mid to senior management levels (short of exec level), people are not as well paid and are also not incented by a realistic bonus plan or profit sharing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people that have worked at Merkle for 8-10+ years involved in some profit-sharing, stock plan, or something that could lead to a nice payday in the event that the company is sold or goes public. These are the people that have grown the company from 400 employees to 1700 employees and somewhere around 10x the revenue over that time period. Reward them for their hard work and LOYALTY.

    Create an official plan around donation matching to charitable organizations. It seems you are willing to contribute, but only to select things. Why not just say you'll match 50% to any charitable donation made by an employee up to like $1000/year? That'd go a long way for those that are charitable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Perfect Opportunity for the Right People

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

    I have been working at Merkle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Progressive management team commiteed to growth and grabbing market share
    Great people - ridiculously smart and fun to be around
    Opportunities for learning and growth are everwhere - Merkle University is a huge plus - I have all of the training I need to stay ahead of my peers
    The company is not afraid to innovate through acquisition - in sucha fast-paced and technologically evolving business, this is a great competitive advantage.
    The ability to work remotely is a huge selling point - I can live anywhere, really, as long as I get the job done.
    Dream grants are awesome - have seen many employees get opportunities to pursue wild and crazy dreams ont he company dime - who does that any more?

    Cons

    Hard to get everything done each day - I leave the end of most days wondering where the time went
    Being a growth company sometimes means longer hours and making sacrifices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bolder and go faster.
    Quit "reorg"-ing and focus on executing on the strategy you have in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work at growing company

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

    I have been working at Merkle full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technically smart people
    Growing fast company
    Management understands challenges and is looking at ways to make it a better place

    Cons

    Lack of processes but company is working on putting a framework
    At times it feels hectic, long hours are expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to listening to employees & apprciating the ones that want to help fix

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Clueless Senior management needs help!

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

    I have been working at Merkle full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great People...very nice building. Free drinks!

    Cons

    There is never any positive feedback from management. You can work very hard and you can add value to this firm but you will never feel like you have done enough.
    also look at the make up of upper management....this will tell you a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need new thought leadership at the top...Get rid of the dead weight....Add some diversity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    No work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Merkle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Merkle does pay their people well, there are lots of opportunity for growth, and the project work can be interesting.

    Cons

    Not a place to work if you have a social life. Most people are overworked, project usually have unrealistic timelines. You are expected to work 45-50 hours a week, sometimes at night and on weekends just to meet a deadline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You say your people are what make you successful, but you constantly ask too much from them and never make it up in any way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared to work double-time

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

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

    Pros

    The employess were incredibly smart! Lots of amazing talent. Even though it was an aggressive environment there were great relationships amongst coworkers.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover - job burnout - aggressive delivery timelines - long hours. Projects often were disrupted because someone left the company. Sales often over promised which caused difficulties when attempting to deliver to the SOW.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management that was there is now gone so hopefully the new management offers work life balance.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Had to leave

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

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

    Pros

    Your co-workers are your best asset at this company. Make the right friends.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Crazy expectations. No career path. Management is clueless to what is going. No training except Google. You will get frustrated. Hard to understand your dev team because most of them are from India or China. No on-boarding process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please create a formal on-boarding process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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