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Merck KGaA Reviews

Updated March 22, 2019
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  • "Corporate culture was very heavy on process which in the end did little to prevent some really poor decision making on the IT side" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Lack of communication and leadership" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Solid Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck KGaA full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and culture, provides great work/life balance

    Cons

    Everything has pros and cons


  2. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director
    Current Employee - Executive Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, good portfolio and good company

    Cons

    slow to make a decision, misalignment at top mgmt.

    Advice to Management

    Get your actions together right

  3. "Vibrant company but neutral outlook"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck KGaA full-time

    Pros

    1. A big company with many branches, does a lot of different things
    2. Good branding efforts
    3. Emphasize on R&D
    4. Willingness to listen to employee's ideas

    Cons

    1. Again, bureaucracy. Just like in any typical old companies.
    2. Slow to adapt to changes
    3. Limited cash cows

    Advice to Management

    Need to centralize resource


  4. "Very good, large family company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck KGaA full-time

    Pros

    Very good, large family company

    Cons

    Due to its size, it can take a while to get things accomplished


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seems like a stable job.

    Cons

    Slow to act on anything. Management seems heartless. Afraid to get the invest in it's people. Training is awful

    Advice to Management

    Reach out and listen to your employees.


  6. "Recently hired"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck KGaA full-time

    Pros

    Still too early to say but I can see it's a stable company

    Cons

    Still early to say but I have the feeling things here move slowly (career, rotation, opportunity wise)


  7. "Great company. Hard to get promoted."

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merck KGaA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Safety is a high priority. There is a Good mix of lab work and office at times. But its a lot more office work then I would like.

    Cons

    It is very hard to get promotion. Work load can very greatly. Will have to help other departments at times do things no part of you job description

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for advancement. Promote from within instead hiring outside people.

  8. "Shared Service Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck KGaA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people. Good atmosphere and space to work.

    Cons

    unfortunately they outsourced our jobs overseas.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Merck KGaA with new leadership and vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck KGaA full-time

    Pros

    . Great balance between long-term outlook provided by the 70% Merck family ownership and performance discipline provided by the 30% stock float
    . Exciting vision from new leadership team as a Science and Technology company spanning BioPharmaceuticals, LifeSciences and Performance Materials

    Cons

    . Some of the systems and processes are not as advanced as other leading Global Pharmaceutical companies (e.g., HR, Finance)
    . Challenging to change across different divisions in Marketing & Sales
    . Unclear role for some businesses (e.g. Consumer Health) within new vision


  10. "Recommend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merck KGaA full-time

    Pros

    lots of opportunities for those willing to work hard and put in the time; international company with interesting global culture

    Cons

    you have to be very resilient and okay with constant organizational changes; the German HQ sometimes fails to be as globally oriented as it could