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I have been working at Merck full-time (More than 3 years)
Lots of training/learning opportunities (rotation program is awesome), especailly for new grads. You can easily find experts in that field if you want to learn things. Colleagues are in general nice and helpful. Competitive compensation, pension plan (rare in the industry nowadays), educational assistance (only $5250/year though), paid paternity leave (dads as well), flexible working hours etc.
Culture going downhill quickly. Science used to the top priority but not anymore. A lot of managers are scientifically mediocre while senior/experienced scientists have no direct report. Can you believe R&D directors only hold a bachelor degree? Career opportunities are fairly limited.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Merck.
The interview process consisted of several interviews with team members and executive management in addition to giving a 15-20 minute scientific presentation. Although you will be given the opportunity to present on any science topic you choose, be sure to keep it relevant to the disease area of the role you are interviewing for. Doing this will help convey your communication style within that particular disease are. Because this role is team-based, be sure to speak about your soft skills including: emotional intelligence, team building skills, project management, collaborating and working through challenges.