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Merck Director Reviews

Updated November 11, 2017
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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  1. "Positive experience, learned a lot over the years."

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

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

    Pros

    Very flexible environment depending on supervisor which is needed as a parent because in finance you will work a 40+ hour week. Company does provide opportunities for growth and advancement.

    Cons

    Salary, do not feel that you are paid daily against market standards for the effort and time you put into your job.


  2. "Decent Company"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director Engineering in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Director Engineering in West Point, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job flexibility and market stability

    Cons

    Stagnation and internal company politics

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in West Point, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots going on to Learn from. Employees are smart and among the best in their field in the industry

    Cons

    Senior management not engaged with employees. Culture going downhill


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Medical Affairs Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Medical Affairs in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director, Medical Affairs in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great reputation
    Great work environment
    Great ethics
    Great science
    Great drugs
    Great benefits
    A lot of tenured employees
    A lot of expertise within the company

    Cons

    Difficult to advance in role, very bureaucratic
    Compliance group too restrictive
    A lot of very tenured employees which makes it difficult to advance

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "It's a good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in North Wales, PA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in North Wales, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great values. Smart employees.

    Cons

    Big company, moves slowly to make change. Can be hard to move up.


  6. "Culture of change"

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    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission and opportunity to contribute to drug development, if, as a scientist you can be flexible about what you work on.

    Cons

    Regular change every 2-3 years that has been a constant for over a decade. Makes it a great opportunity to learn new areas,.


  7. "Stay away from IT - Research, Manufacturing and Marketing are respectable"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - IT Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outside of IT, mission driven to help people. You won't find evil pharma at Merck.

    Cons

    IT leadership only manage up and lacks employee engagement. Beautiful PowerPoints at the expense of delivering business value. Ken Frazier should know this by now. CIO sees himself as Google while in reality he is like someone at Equifax.

    Advice to Management

    The problems you are experiencing are due to IT leadership vanity and lack of mission focus. Replace senior leaders or outsource IT.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Director, Discovery"

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    Current Employee - Director, Discovery
    Current Employee - Director, Discovery
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Broad team, capabilities and confidence
    Organizationally astute to capabilities and impact - technology welcomed rather than seen as a threat
    Encouragement to grow group's responsibilities and impact.

    Cons

    Large company with bureaucratic overhead that comes with it.
    Scientific inertia and arrogance
    Organization developed too many layers - losing site of where the golden eggs come from

    Advice to Management

    If the team keeps losing, you sack the manager not the players: i.e. institutional / strategic errors are executive errors not operational.


  9. "IT Director"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Director in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Mission of the company is a key driver to work there. Enabling innovative new cancer therapies is incredibly motivating.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits have eroded over time. In most cases not competitive with peer companies.

    Advice to Management

    Bringing in outside managers is not a panacea.


  10. "Managing Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Carolina, PR
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Carolina, PR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovation driven
    Ethics & Values
    Employee engagement
    Corporate responsibility

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Lack of agility
    Generation gap
    Too many processes
    Digital capabilities

    Advice to Management

    Transform the company to win in specialized therapeutic areas