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Merck Palo Alto Reviews

Updated January 14, 2018
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Palo Alto, CA

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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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  1. "Great intern experience"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to industry projects and style of work, nice offices and work site, friendly people, intern presentations, integration into teams, compensation is competitive

    Cons

    Mentorship dependent on supervisor and lab group, removed from majority of interns on east coast, bureaucratic with outdated technology (laptops, computer software), difficult to turn into full-time


  2. "Good company to start your junior career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Great company to learn drug discovery, OK work/life balance

    Cons

    Limited space for growth, PhDs are not appreciated

  3. "Molecular Pathologist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment with advanced technologies

    Cons

    Slow growth and week recognition, poor retention of staff


  4. Helpful (3)

    "great science , poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    overall great scientific leaders, great work life balance depending on your manager.

    Cons

    non competitive pay for the bay area, lots of reorganization happening....palo alto site had close to nothing to offer.


  5. "Merck"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great company. A lot of opportunity. People here still love science.

    Cons

    Promotions are based on what project you work on. And if you don't get the top projects you will not get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. "A good company"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people with a focus on the science, and a can do attitude that get projects from "well can this work?" to a final answer. Also, business decisions made by management are implemented quickly, and efficiently with a view towards practicality and reasonableness. Also, the management team explains the purpose of their decisions and what the expected outcome for the company is intended. Top-to-down communication from management team is, in my experience, unparalleled and I know what was going on in other parts of the company on a day to day basis.

    Cons

    The demand for data is so driving that many of our project due dates seemed to be due the day before we received the project of which always put a great deal of pressure to produce hard data fast which can and did lead to mistakes which caused delays.
    Also, though upper management was very good at information distribution, local management wasn't as forthcoming and so often times we knew what was going on in the greater company more than we did in our own site.
    The last is that unless you have a Ph.D. career advancement opportunities at this company are minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is fantastic from upper management, but local management needs to improve their communication distribution to the same level


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