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"Interesting research, good science culture, not such great social culture"

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Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Rahway, NJ
Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Rahway, NJ
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Merck full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

-Science culture is very strong (I work in R&D)
-Very smart people and generally good management (at least in my dept) that allows you the freedom to operate and design your own experiments.
-Great benefits and salary is pretty good too
-Relatively high departmental budgets that let you buy new "toys" when you need them.

Cons

-It's a HUGE company and that slows it down (red-tape, management decision making is slow)
-Although good science is done, there is a serious fear of change,especially since merger
-Merck as a company does not handle layoffs very well: very little transparency
-Bonuses are given at random with no meritocracy
-Practically no social culture (the company even admits that in its internal scorecard)

Advice to Management

Be more transparent and flexible. Adapt or die.

Other Employee Reviews for Merck

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Use to be great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in West Point, PA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong sense of community (feels like family),
    Strong business ethics,
    Great day care on premises,
    Management can be good mentors and offer good advice,
    Employees are very smart and kind.

    Cons

    Opportunity/ Promotion is non-existant (I've personally been rated at the top of my level for 5 years straight, with constant promises for promotion but no action- there's always an excuse).
    Yearly salary increases have become a joke. Average in 2011 was 1.8%.
    Often given a lot of responsibility and expected to over deliver, but not empowered to make the decisions/ changes necessary.
    Little management support.
    With the current environment (layoffs, numerous reorgs, understaffed area, etc), people have become distrusting, frustrated, and difficult to work with. Many have lost their passion for their job.
    Benefits declining over recent years.
    Technology is way behind industry norm.
    Over worked in multiple areas, no resources, starting to see a lot of negative impact to the business and processes. Concerned for future.

    Advice to Management

    I know there is focus on down sizing to keep the company stable, but there needs to be swift and immediate attention to retaining talent and motivating employees. These are critical pieces to the future success of the company!


  2. "Technologically behind"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Tech in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good 401(k) match, reasonable vacation and sick schedules, open to flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    lots of changes, big bureaucratic processes, pay cut for me, incredibly slow networks, computers and ancient technology overall.

    Advice to Management

    outsourcing all central services creates so many headaches

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