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Merck Director Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people
    Great company mission
    Good training programs

    Cons

    Work work work culture
    Not enough focus on employees


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    "great experiences, tough culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Clinical Operations in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director of Clinical Operations in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for hard workers to excel

    Cons

    Toxic culture among staff who have little experience outside of Merck. Benefits are not as competitive as they used to be

    Advice to Management

    The stack ranking system destroys collaboration. The culture will suffer until you stop this system.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Merck"

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    Former Employee - Quality Director in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Quality Director in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company with great products in many different lines of therapy. Superb workforce in all areas. Extremely structured and .

    Cons

    Adopted the strategy of downsizing and outsourcing many areas and manufacturing sites. Lost very talented resources and the ones remaining at a corporate level will not have the experience of real life manufacturing environment.
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    Advice to Management

    Cautious with the downsizing strategy. This may hurt the company in the long run.


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  5. "Associate Director, shared Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Kenilworth, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Merck gives you the opportunity to develop and grow

    Cons

    as any other company we have few problmes but nothing big


  6. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Quality in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Director of Quality in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent products being developed and submitted with positive results. Good future if other products being developed are able to make it.

    Cons

    Most manufacturing activities being transferred to external companies. This could be risky if GMP/quality issues shows up in the future to maintain market supply.

    Advice to Management

    This could be applicable to any company - Caution with strategies where manufacturing activities are being transferred and the potential loss in sales due to interrupted product supply.


  7. "Merck"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Empowered, can really create your own path

    Cons

    If you are not on the hot project, you have little chance of getting a good review

    Advice to Management

    Really manage people and help them with their careers, it will help Merck


  8. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay benefits, solid company, flexible work arrangements. Remote work is common, but frequent travel necessary. Bonuses are nice and reserved stock grants.

    Cons

    Sometimes strategy and direction changes frequently creates a bit a distraction. Company has typical politics but not more than most. Travel can be a bit overwhelming for some roles


  9. "Overall good experience"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Kenilworth, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and solid product line; most people are very committed to improving global health.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for movement or growth, especially if over 45. No strategy for dealing with bad management. Old school system of stack racking employees.

    Advice to Management

    Find new ways to leverage the knowledge in-house; trash the ranking system as it just demoralizes a lot of talented people.


  10. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ethical, driven, innovative and patient-centric

    Cons

    So much passion for the mission that it's difficult to find work-life balance


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Unbalanced pay scales"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Lansdale, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Lansdale, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Merck tends to hire a talented Workforce. The company offers good benefits for medical and bonus structure.

    Cons

    African Americans tend to be on the very low end of the salary range.