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Merck New Jersey Reviews

Updated January 21, 2017
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  • So much passion for the mission that it's difficult to find work-life balance (in 58 reviews)

  • no work life balance, upper management should have much more outsourced (in 65 reviews)

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  1. "Associate Director, shared Services"

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    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


  2. "Excellent experience"

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    Former Employee - Global Marketing Intern in Madison, NJ
    Former Employee - Global Marketing Intern in Madison, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The directors and executives I worked with were so knowledgeable and kind. They welcomed my input and were always available to answer any questions I had. They treated the interns like gold. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

    Cons

    It is highly scientific so it takes a while to get used to the technical terms.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "A company with brillant history"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a company with brilliant history. It has a lots of excellent scientists and staffs. Employees got good benefits and chances to grow.

    Cons

    The frequent company restructurings made it lost its productivity and employees' job securities, hurt employees' working passion and caused massive waste.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the future of the company before making big decisions. You are responsible for share holders as well as company.


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  5. "Editor"

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    Former Contractor - Editor in Rahway, NJ
    Former Contractor - Editor in Rahway, NJ

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned some good skills there such as Documentum. Good pay.

    Cons

    Difficult to ask for help. Unforgiving if your car breaks down and you are late to work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Glory Days Long Gone..."

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Merck just celebrated its 125th anniversary. Developing cutting edge cancer drugs! Very talented people dedicated to advancing science and healthcare.

    Cons

    Exodus of top talent across the board. Downsizing and outsourcing with unrealistic timelines. Leadership not held accountable at expense of support staff. Low employee morale with broken promises.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to Millennials' hard work ethics, future to your success! Invest and develop them professionally. Promote, Reward and Recognize their contributions to Merck. Millennials don't wait around in today's world...


  7. "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.


  8. "Director, North American Strategy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic, the people are very collaborative & team oriented, and the company has a terrific vision

    Cons

    I do not have any particular cons to share; my experience was good and the company was good to me


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Clinical Services Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are excellent. Many have the spirit of collaboration and really want to do well with the company and products.

    Cons

    They are always restructuring, laying off groups and generally you live under a constant threat your team will be downsized. They change strategy too often and do not gather all the facts before making decisions. Individual managers have too much power over development and goals and if you have a conflict you are screwed. They do not develop their scientists well and treat them like a commoddity.

    Advice to Management

    People are the best part of Merck, don't treat them so poorly and force groups to work under constant layoffs for 5 straight years - SALAR is but one example.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "lab animal tech"

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    Former Employee - Lab Animal Tech in Toms River, NJ
    Former Employee - Lab Animal Tech in Toms River, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great company health insurance,401k , good wages

    Cons

    constant restructuring, layoff every two years


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Procurement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Rahway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merck (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company is flexible with work/life balance
    Hardworking co-workers trying to do their best.
    Strong procurement rigor within the department

    Cons

    Procurement is a revolving door. In the 5 years I've been here I have seen countless individuals leave the organization for other companies with no end in sight. Senior leadership does not respect their employees and at times looks to scold individuals in front of the full organization turning it into a very tense atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Replace all the leaders starting at the top in Procurement organization to hopefully foster growth in the organization and stability in the departments workforce.



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