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Merck Rahway Reviews

Updated January 5, 2018
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  1. "Sr. Clinical Data Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people, great benefits, rich pipeline, opportunity to work from home

    Cons

    limited opportunities for career advancement


  2. "Slow and steady"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance: fitness center, somewhat flexible working hours/conditions, casual dress, benefits, and gradual increasing vacation.
    Good mission, a lot of bright scientists, academic atmosphere, finally looking to be pioneers in leading technology again, and relatively easy to move to opportunities in other departments.

    Cons

    Difficult to get hired initially, and unless you get hired at a higher level, are willing to move around a lot to different areas, or are a top top performer then it is very difficult to get in-line promotions, particularly in research and engineering.
    Lots of layoffs and restructuring over the last 15 years.
    Some areas have lack of administrative, IT, and/or facilities support making it a little cumbersome for scientists/engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Look for continuous improvement and ways to optimize performance, but don't just make cuts to make financial numbers work for short term.
    Reduce the hurdles for smart/competent scientists/engineers to get in-line promotions up to at least mid-levels.

  3. "Merck"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    stable company, diverse environment, good benefits

    Cons

    lots of politics, career opportunities largely limited to lateral moves

    Advice to Management

    focus on core work


  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. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Writer of Technical Guides"

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    Former Contractor - Technical Writer/Editor in Rahway, NJ
    Former Contractor - Technical Writer/Editor in Rahway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not very high-pressured. Able to work remotely. Not staffed with micro-managers, you're allowed to work without someone breathing down your neck.

    Cons

    Endless meetings that went nowhere and resulted in nothing. Promises of a bright future for our department as our all-hands meetings grew smaller and smaller. Too much money spent on consultants who accomplished nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to spend your money more wisely. Move toward the future of technology instead of staying stilted in the past. Communicate better. Have fewer meetings.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  10. "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.


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