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Merck Philadelphia Reviews

Updated October 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to start out of college."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in West Point, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're just starting your career, it's a good place to learn the basics and start building relationships. Some of the people here are smart and nice if you get into the right group. However, to keep your career healthy, don't stay for more than 5 years regardless of what they promise. There are better companies to continue to grow and develop.

    Cons

    After about 5 years you'll hit the glass ceiling. Even if they continue to promote you, learning will slowdown. Management at Merck are ignorant. For some reason after 5 years people become hooked or afraid to leave based on some misguided concept that they will loose great benefits. All I have to say is there are a lot of better companies that will teach you more making you more marketable.


  2. "In the end just another large corpration"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Associate Manager in Pottstown, PA
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Associate Manager in Pottstown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits - excellent benefits including matching 401K.
    Work/Life balance
    Middle management
    Environment
    Time off

    Cons

    Upper management not receptive
    Too much emphasis on outsourcing

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Assoc Director - Marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits
    Opportunities to expand experience
    Very intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    Not a place to challenge the status quo
    Decisions often based on having the hard data to CYA, instead of willingness to make calculated risks that are good for the business.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "A great company falling down"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Lansdale, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There used to be pros

    Cons

    Over-worked employees, supervisors have turned to bullying and belittling tactics. Staff cut to the bone and workload is overwhelming. Favorites are promoted while the rest are treated like cattle. Moral is gone. Stress levels are unmanageable. Merck has become a hostile work environment - chasing away the best and keeping the yes men.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees, stop the use of bullying and negative treatment. Work can be completed without micro-management and hostile work environment. Treat all your employees with respect.


  5. "Manufacturing vaccinnes"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SPO LYO OPS in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - SPO LYO OPS in West Point, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Money, Benefits, Lots of overtime and 3x pay on holidays

    Cons

    Cut throat environment. Horrible communication between management and staff. The company is all about corporate profit and couldn't care less about the health and well-being of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    focus on Communication and less micromanagement


  6. "Global Data Admin"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Global Administrative Contractor Via Agile1 in Norristown, PA
    Former Contractor - Global Administrative Contractor Via Agile1 in Norristown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people at Merck are wonderful. When I left, I felt like I left my family.

    Cons

    Certain contractors jobs aren't stable. There needs to be a re evaluation of the length of the contracts for some great employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good, well past its glory days"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist Logistics in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist Logistics in West Point, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible, great pay, good benefits, pretty easy to move around within the company, some pretty incredible medicines.

    Cons

    Cut back way too much, overworked, poor management selection.

    Advice to Management

    Especially in MRL, select managers with actual business and manager training and experience, stop relying in scientific PhDs to run a business.

  8. "Medical Director"

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    Current Employee - Medical Director in Gwynedd, PA
    Current Employee - Medical Director in Gwynedd, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting posibility (certain days per week), good life/work balance, good benefits, ok salary.

    Cons

    Lack of training, promotions seem to be more align with the amount of years you've been in the company and who you know than the work than you do. Very slow to advance and/or to accept changes/innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Work with your employees on a clear career path and how to get there.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Biotech"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Biotech in Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Biotech in Lansdale, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule
    Lots of opportunities for growth
    Great experience
    Great networking
    Many locations

    Cons

    Stuck in a positions for too long during hiring freeze
    Some departments need 24/7 coverage, new employees get stuck working the weekends and off shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Depend on your employees more, that is what you hired them for. Capable of more than you think.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Associate Director/Director"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director/Director in North Wales, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Director/Director in North Wales, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Newly hired employees can develop and progress if they apply management's philosophy and work hard.
    Specialization built into the job roles - no longer broad range.

    Cons

    The management mindset has changed over the last 20 years. No loyalty to employees any longer. Employees are aware of this philosophy and will not stay long term. The company is not what is was in the years from 1990 to 2005 - the years that blockbuster drugs were developed.
    Pension plan was terminated and medical benefits have changes applied every year providing less coverage at higher costs.


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