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Merck New Jersey Reviews

Updated August 31, 2017
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  1. "Pharmacist"

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    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great rewarder, rewarded hard-working employees

    Cons

    Could provide more vacation time


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good scientific capability"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technologies are welcomed rather than a threat.
    Great benefits
    Confidence
    Publication is highly encouraged
    Academic collaborations
    Cutting edge research
    A lot of seminars

    Cons

    Somewhat competitive
    Arrogance
    Generation gap
    Can be a bit conservative, not taking a risk
    Slow progress due to politics
    Lots of meetings hence scientific inertia
    Hierarchy and too many layers
    No free coffee for employees (!)

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Limited Growth"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Rahway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    large multinational pharma, diverse opportunities, New York metro locations

    Cons

    limited growth potential, constantly under growth constraint operating conditions


  5. "My experience as an employee for 25 years."

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Kenilworth, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are excellent!!! It is also located in convienant locations across NJ!

    Cons

    The consistant restructuring in all areas of the company leaves everyone feeling insecure to the point of loosing motivation.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees as your shareholders and you will have even greater success.


  6. "Principal Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ethical company, patients over profits. Loyalty is rewarded. If you take ownership of your own career you will be rewarded. Many opportunities to move across divisions and to learn new skills

    Cons

    Still a large corporation, with all the bureaucracy that follows. Some areas have a reluctance to deal with stagnant employees, naysayers and dead wood.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to emphasize ethics and innovation. Be more aggressive in dealing fairly with negative managers and employees.


  7. "Good company to work for especially for those who thrive in a collaborative environment"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meaningful and challenging work, fast-paced environment, exceptional and highly motivated colleagues, high ethical standards, competitive salaries, focus on state-of-the-art drug development

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, frequent organizational changes, mission not always clear, management often not in sync with recommendations from the drug development teams

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff to make competent decisions; they are the experts and won't disappoint if empowered to get things done efficiently

  8. "QA Specialist"

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    Former Employee - QA Specialist in Monmouth Junction, NJ
    Former Employee - QA Specialist in Monmouth Junction, NJ

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

    Pros

    good pharmaceutical company to work for

    Cons

    The company is too big to be efficient

    Advice to Management

    Hire talented people and train them well


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits but very costly.

    Cons

    Horrible leadership. Always thinking they are better than the layers beneath them. NO open door policy and poor decision making leaders. So many meetings because people refuse to pick up the phones or talk to their peers.

    Advice to Management

    Rid yourself of the bumps on a log and get pro-active, smart, sharp people. Have more conversations with people you work with than scheduling meetings to talk to them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Director HR"

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

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High Ethics, Values, learning

    Cons

    Hierarchy on the ground

    Advice to Management

    Excellent Organization with ethics, values


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