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Merck Philadelphia Reviews

Updated February 27, 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. "Hit or Miss"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid company, good facilities and working environment
    Flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    Managers are good to work with, but contractors as a group are made to feel second class.

    Advice to Management

    Too much institutional knowledge has been lost.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible, horrible, horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various Positions in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Various Positions in West Point, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay toxic environment

    Cons

    As long as you don't mind having the feeling of being let go at any time, you would be ok. everyone is fighting just to keep a job.

    Advice to Management

    Get a set of balls and stand up to your superiors.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Sales Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Souderton, PA
    Former Employee - Sales in Souderton, PA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best products and strong ethics. Gold standard in professional development, salary and benefits.
    Collaboration is fostered and encouraged

    Cons

    Unfortunately
    You don't have to be the best fit it also involves who you know if you get the job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing... you will never get the loyalty and skilled workers like you had over the last 40 years. People stayed at Merck because they were paid well, treated well had wonderful opportunities as a result became experts at their jobs and developed complete loyalty to this Company. This is why this Company became the leader in the industry.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Just like any large Pharma"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salaries, good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Upper management don't know what is going on, but they like to cut costs and corners here and that you are just a number. They don't appreciate how hard you work and there is no job security here. Management change their minds everyday. Their decisions affect other areas/departments and they also do not consider this prior to making decisions. It is impossible to perform the current work to stay afloat in addition to implementing these new, revolving changes. The work culture is that you work more than the typical 9-5 hours on weekdays. It is expected that you bring work home on the weekends as well, so you are looking at 50+ hours per week. People here go on vacation and still have to bring their work laptops with them to check their emails. This is a sinking company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who work under you, they are an integral part of the company.


  6. "Coming back?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ambler, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ambler, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very ethical company with a storied past. After a massive restructuring, it appears that the company is settling down and moving forward.

    Cons

    Still a very large company and slow to evolve. It will never be the company of the past, but what company is? Some old school employees are still there.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Merck is Very Much a No Go"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Research Scientist in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Data Research Scientist in West Point, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A few good people remain. Company benefits are average or above, other than tuition reimbursement which now is inadequate to earn a MS.

    Cons

    Very much a dying company. Astonishingly bad esprit de corps, much worse now than when I joined over a decade ago. In the past 3 years, 90% of R&D talent has left the company or transferred to other divisions. Upper management are trying to convert all the remaining R&D and IT tasks into mechanized processes to then outsource them (supposedly saving money). All corporate initiative focuses either on saving money or on promoting Keytruda.

    Advice to Management

    Please resign.


  8. "Questionable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Lansdale, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close to my home

    Cons

    Over worked very unorganized, too big to make profit.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!


  9. "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company really invests in their employees. The benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    None. It's a large corporation cons are realitive. That's why they call it a job and not vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. "Project Manager, Supply Chain Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Marlton, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Marlton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the top 5 pharmaceutical companies

    Cons

    Although stated life work balance is hard to approve


  11. "Strong Value and Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in West Point, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company value and mission. Truly invest in People and R&D. Good, dedicated and driven people to work with. Company focuses on talents and diversity. Pension program and benefits are excellent

    Cons

    too fragmented an organization with no clear accountability for some organizations/ roles. Decision making is complex.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focus on talents as recent attrition leads to capability vacuums in some areas



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