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Merck Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people
    Great company mission
    Good training programs

    Cons

    Work work work culture
    Not enough focus on employees


  2. "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.


  3. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fantastic mission and great products

    Cons

    can be tough to engage customers when there isn't anything new

    Advice to Management

    continue to offer products and health economic data that meet customer needs


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  5. "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.


  6. "Merck & Co. Inc. is a great company"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Capable, smart coworkers. Good salary and benefits. Unionized shop floor. Good management. Strong safety culture

    Cons

    Management by objectives hurts teamwork. Shifting healthcare costs toward employees

    Advice to Management

    Find your Demming. Get rid of management by objectives


  7. "marketing director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance and rewards and a great environment for a career advance

    Cons

    traveling is a must and you can not skip that responsibility unless you are on maternity leave


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Do whatever it takes - even if it means destroying people"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, reputable company, good location

    Cons

    Cutthroat culture, severe micromanagement, outdated IT infrastructure

    Advice to Management

    Because of the urge to continue to make profits, Merck often compromises the sanity and well-being of its employees - I've worked with Merck for 4 years and have seen the transition of happy, positive people to angry, fed-up scientists who cannot get a word in without someone else taking credit as well as management scrutinizing and dictating every move. Things have changed drastically, very little positivity.


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    "Operations technician 2"

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    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Work life balance is ok and the work atmosphere is good. Work is very easy. Variety of options to learn.

    Cons

    Managers are a joke it's they're way or no way and love to micro manage. If you don't suck up better leave and if you don't have a degree, get comfortable at the bottom.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, we know our job and you don't know everything.


  10. "Work"

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    Former Employee - Pharmceutical Sales in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Pharmceutical Sales in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Great company, good benefits, many options

    Cons

    No cons to speak of


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Your standard big company"

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    Current Employee - Associate Specialist, Engineering in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Specialist, Engineering in West Point, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice and smart people, good values, secure, stable, decent pay, supportive of work life balance if you are

    Cons

    Bureaucracy/red tape, increasing cost pressures, average salaries, extremely conventional, boring, too many priorities make goals impossible to accomplish, hard to change job functions

    Advice to Management

    Pay young people more if you want to keep them motivated enough to stay there. They are the future of the company and if you don't keep them interested they will leave.


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