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"Work Environment"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Summit, NJ
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Summit, NJ
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Compensation is higher than industry average.

There is very little chance of termination for incompetence

It is nearly impossible to be uniquesly responsible for failure.

Work hours are not excessive

Cons

Very little overall technical competence

Demonstrated excellence is largely ignored

The decision-making process is ridiculous

It is an unispiring environment

Advice to Management

Show some ownershipand value those that do show it. Stop celebrating simple execution of job responsibilities and start creating some challenges.

Other Employee Reviews for Merck

  1. "Merck is a realtively good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company does provide opportunities to grow, and many managers support rotations throughout different parts of the organization. Merck pays well.

    Cons

    1) I can't say roles and responsibilities are always clear -- too many people trying to create busy work; Merck is definitely over resourced in some areas.
    2) Management, especially middle management, is not well experience, seasoned, nor mature. They create a lot of overhead to justify their roles in the system.
    3) Direction from management is never clear. Initiaitives from management will make their way down through the system, and they middle management spin to understand how to deliver a product of value. Perhaps point 2 contributes to the problem again.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear direction to your employees; top-down guidance is critical for large initiatives (long range planning, budgeting) and for smaller projects. Clearly define the objective of the initiative and what the end state should look like.


  2. "Merck From an IT Perspective"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Applications Services Associate in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Applications Services Associate in West Point, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is flexible with family / working from home. Pretty generous with vacation and flexible if you need a day off for having worked longer hours on a tough project. Lots of smart folks work there, but it's not too portentous a place. Good health benefits, and benefits in general.

    Cons

    No in place promotions?

    In the past few years, times have been tougher and they've been skimping on training...as an IT professional staying up to date on what's current is crucial. Getting management to send developers to training / conferences on new development technologies is like pulling teeth. Management doesn't want people developing applications for scientists, rather they want to buy global solutions for nearly every possible situation, which is a recipe for disaster.

    For scientific research software development that is done in house, there's no emphasis on code reviews / writing good code / applying any development methodologies as a team; a lot of code for lab and science-specific apps gets done by single individuals (this might not be the case for teams writing clinical applications or company infrastructure applications, like internal websites). Be careful about what you're getting yourself into if you're into writing software. I'm not saying that all positions at Merck are bad for IT, just be careful to ask questions about the position before hand about working with a group or possibilities for development-specific training if you're into software development.

    More politics and in-fighting than you could ever believe. Place is rife with bureaucrats at all levels; some folks seem more interested in playing games than getting their job done, although this is probably typical of many large companies.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your employees! Ask them what works and doesn't work in their positions. Also ask WHO works and doesn't work more frequently and at many levels. Don't just ask a direct report about his manager, but about his manager's manager. You have hired good, smart people you should trust, but there seems to be a definite lack of communication upward.

    Have more respect for your software developers - be more open minded about adopting open source technology and bringing more development in house for scientists - having a talented, core team of developers would be a boon to your scientists in this age of sifting through mounds of information. Adopt Agile Methodology and acquire less talkers, more technical doers.

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