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Merck Rahway Reviews

Updated April 16, 2017
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  1. "Image Data Scientist Intern"

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    Former Employee - Image Data Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Image Data Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, friendly people and great work environment. Access to the journals and have huge available storage and fast machine

    Cons

    I have not seen any drawbacks during my internship but they are very picky about publishing.


  2. "Associate Principal Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    True dedication to research both in investments and people.

    Cons

    Similar issues with downsizing that the rest of the industry is prone to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep to a mission statement and a model longer than 3 years.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "No longer committed to science"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits since it's a large company and pay is descent. That's about it.

    Cons

    I worked here before I got my Ph.D. and really loved the company. They were dedicated to science and doing things right. Then I went to get my Ph.D. in chemistry and came back to work for them. It was all changed.

    Now it was all about outsourcing and bringing value to the stock holders and typical b.s. they feed you at big companies. Management was reorganizing every 6 months. It was a disaster and no one really cared about science anymore.

    It's sad cause Merck was a great company that really tried to solve health problems. No longer the case.


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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. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ethical, driven, innovative and patient-centric

    Cons

    So much passion for the mission that it's difficult to find work-life balance


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sorry to say I once worked there...."

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

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

    Pros

    The company portrays that they have great benefits. However once you looking into each of their benefits you quickly realize they have these sneaky little policies to offset them. Take for instance they offer life insurance but it ends when you turn 65. Than their Long term disability plan is a welfare funded plan so anything you collect on LTD you have to pay the company back entirely for the amount. They have gotten working women awards but I have no idea how as 400 female employees have a class action lawsuit for discriminating and not paying them the same as their male peers. Their benefits appear to be good but look into each and you will quickly find that they are some of the worst out there. A very sneaky and unethical company. Sorry to say I once worked there...

    Cons

    Nothing really good about working there.

    Advice to Management

    What comes around goes around!


  8. "Internship Experience"

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    Former Employee - Associate Specialist in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Specialist in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working along with a friendly and caring supervisor onto a refreshing yet groundbreaking project, an internship like this was a dream-come-true.

    Cons

    Despite how much I loved each part of my internship, the HR was terrible when it comes to assisting me with housing and processing to the next step of employment. It was my supervisor who helped me all the way. I believe all the interns have suffered from the same.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Typical big pharma"

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    Former Employee - Director in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    there are extensive resources available to employees

    Cons

    big pharma cultures, be political correct is more important than anything else


  10. Helpful (1)

    "typical big company"

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    Current Employee - Director in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well established work processes. Well respected in industry. Flexible work hours. Can work from home frequently. Nice work life balance. Can expect job stability.

    Cons

    Typical big company culture and mentality. Could observe functional silos. Not much incentive to exceed. Limited growth potential at certain level.

    Advice to Management

    Need to think about how to bring a vibrant culture into a big company to drive growth. Give talented people more development opportunities.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Change"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and the coworkers are really good. Lots of potential. There are pockets of real hope within the organization. Not a bad first job.

    Cons

    Constant chages really give you no long-term path in the company. You are put into a box and you are neven given a change to grow beond that.

    Advice to Management

    Just stop


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