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Merkle Overview

Columbia, MD
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 25 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations ... Read more

Mission: Merkle’s number one goal is to be a great company. We are in constant pursuit of excellence; with a combination of organic, people-driven success and smart acquisitions. When we come across a company whose capabilities not only complement our business model, but exceed ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We are thrilled to have been shortlisted 7 times across 5 categories for the DMA Awards! Good luck to our team for the ceremony 🍀🎉

    Merkle EMEA triumph at DMA Award Shortlist | Press Releases | Merkle

    Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specialises in the delivery of unique, personalised customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximise the value of their customer portfolios.

  • The Econsultancy Top 100 rankings are out and we’re delighted to announce we’ve jumped two places to #9. This puts us in the Top Ten just four years since Merkle EMEA launched in 2015 with 21% growth in fee income. This is a great result and puts us at #5 in the full service and marketing agencies table:

    Merkle - Econsultancy Top 100 Digital Agencies ranking

    Merkle is a data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency. It specialises in the creation and delivery of unique, personalised customer experiences that drive performance across all platforms and devices. This is called "people-based marketing" and Merkle has over 30 years' expertise in delivering this approach for its clients.

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Merkle – Why Work With Us?

One of the hallmarks of a Merkle employee is the tenacious pursuit of great work.

The people we hire aren’t here to clock in, collect a paycheck, and clock out — they’re driven by a thirst for achievement and the knowledge that somewhere out there is a solution to their problem.

We call this obsession with performance being #MerkleProud. Learn more about it in our ongoing video series.

Opportunities to Flourish

We value people who desire to learn and achieve and our culture reflects a continuous learning environment. 

Merkle Accelerator Program (MAP)

The goal of the MAP is to give students and recent grads exposure to the broader Merkle organization & services, as well as the tools & resources needed to thrive in chosen vertical, capability and role.

Merkle Leadership Development

A targeted leadership development program comprised of a collection of assets thoughtfully selected and organized by leadership experts.

Merkle University

A robust platform for learning that ensures every employee has access to a training and development path that keeps skills sharp and current and makes employees highly market-relevant. Through Merkle University, you can enroll in instructor-led and on-demand courses, access a robust library of online resources, and share Merkle-specific content with ease.

As a Merkle employee, you have unlimited access to, an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software tools and skills. With more than 4,000+ courses taught by industry experts—and more added every week— is designed for all levels of learners and is available whenever you're ready to learn. You can even view it on your mobile device. 

Skillport and Books Unlimited

An e-learning portal that is offered as an extension of Merkle University and contains courses, books, videos, and events.

When you do a terrific job, we want you to know it’s noticed and appreciated.

#MerkleProud Employee Recognition and Rewards Program

Our employees do great work every day and we don’t want it to go unnoticed. The #MerkleProud Employee Recognition and Rewards Program is a company-wide social platform that allows employees to reward with co-workers with points that can be cashed in for prizes.

Merkle Awards

We have amazing talent at Merkle and each year we take time to recognize and celebrate our superstars in a very big way. The Merkle Awards focus on people and teams who are nominated by the leaders of their teams based on achievement and excellence in 23 award categories. Awards are given at a red-carpet dinner and reception each year.

Dream Grants

Everybody has dreams that extend beyond the workplace. Maybe you’ve always wanted to bike through the Rocky Mountains or throw tomatoes in Spain’s La Tomatina Festival. Every quarter, employee submissions are judged and people or teams awarded the money and time off they need to live out their dreams. You can watch them happen on our YouTube page.

We are going back-to-school in search of top talent!

About Our Campus Recruiting Program

When you join Merkle as a student intern or a recent college graduate, you will be placed in a meaningful and exciting role, receive comprehensive training and mentorship, and be exposed to endless opportunities for career advancement. We are constantly seeking the best and brightest and have established relationships with some of the best schools across the country in pursuit of Merkle’s future leaders.

How To Get Started

There are lots of options for students and recent grads at Merkle. Take some time to review all openings on our careers page, then pick the role you’re most interested in and submit your resume. If we think you could be a fit, a recruiter will schedule a phone interview where we will discuss your qualifications and decide on the position that is the best match for you. Onsite Interview Days or individual interviews will be held throughout the year.

Merkle Reviews

  • Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Tremendous Leadership By Craig and David"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Pittsburgh, PA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merkle full-time (More than 10 years)


    Have read the recent reviews, nearly all related to the current pandemic in a negative light. Felt the need to respond to this unprecedented situation. This is not a fake or planted review, I am a long term employee in the Pittsburgh office.

    * The leadership team (Craig and David specifically) plus the crisis management team have been outstanding. These are scary times, the transparency, calmness and focus are reassuring to the employees. Myself and many others sincerely appreciate.

    * Merkle has built an incredible, economically strong company that can weather alot more turbulence than other marketing firms. The org structure, portfolio approach to services and focus on growth are giving leadership alot more options than other companies.

    * The sense of community and camaraderie has really come through this past month. Employees checking on each other, the social media posting, working from home advice, the virtual happy hours. The culture that has been built since 1988 is still what keeps me here and motivated.


    Right now, personally do not have any. Minor concerns about Dentsu integration, but not a high priority in near term.

    Advice to Management

    Wrote another review a while back about keeping the right leadership team in place and avoiding unneeded change. Double down on that strategy please.

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Merkle Photos

Merkle photo of: Periscopix Summer Weekend 2016
Merkle photo of: #MerklePride2019
Merkle photo of: #MerklePride2019
Merkle photo of: Christmas activities have begun at Merkle
Merkle photo of: The Drum DADI Awards
Merkle photo of: Diwali Celebrations
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Merkle Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview


    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Merkle (Columbia, MD) in May 2018.


    First a phone interview with Recruiter. Second was a phone interview with Senior Management. Lastly was an onsite caucus interview with a peer, Senior Management, and a case study. The recruiter kept me up to date with next steps throughout.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you analyzed a previously unseen data set? How did you approach the problem?   1 Answer
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Merkle Awards & Accolades

  • Sunday Times Top 100 Small Company to Work For, The Sunday Times (UK), 2016
  • Bronze Stevie Award, The Stevie Awards, 2017
  • Silver Stevie Award, The Stevie Awards, 2017
  • Gold Stevie Award, The Stevie Awards, 2017
  • Annual American Advertising Award, Ad Club of Baltimore, 2017
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