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Merck Reviews

Updated January 20, 2019
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Specialty Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to start a career. Great growth opportunities. Pension Plan. 401k

    Cons

    Still have burocratic processes.


  2. "Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in San Juan, PR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Be prepared to change

    Cons

    A global and innovation growing company

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenilworth, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    Things Tend to move slow


  4. "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in West Point, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunities for growth and flexibility from management

    Cons

    Slow decision making process which often leads to lots of churn


  5. "Hope you know someone"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Associate in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, prestigious name and if it’s your first job or your parents didn’t make much it’s a nice salary.. If you work outside of floor production you will be treated with much more respect and the career path is wide open.

    Cons

    Current Durham management. The career path forward and opportunities to get off the production floor are dismal and this includes people with experience, various degrees and good job performance.

    Advice to Management

    The most recent reincarnation of a “career path” is an insult. The new rules around time and the lack of real training highlights exactly why the Durham site has and will continue a massive exit of your most knowledgeable and experienced people.


  6. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Family oriented environment
    Good pay and benefits
    Some functions are great to work with.

    Cons

    No succession planning; minimal opportunity to move up in the organization
    Impossible to get into oncology if you don’t have oncology experience
    Absolutely no work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employees and empower them to do their job.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great or terrible place to work depending on where and for whom"

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    Former Employee - Director in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Newark, NJ
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great near term growth thanks to Keytruda, ability to learn a lot on the job, facilities outside of PA/NJ can be good to work for if you happen to be at a facility with a dynamic plant manager, benefits are very good, some good decisions on acquisitions have been made, line employees generally well trained and care about doing a good job.

    Cons

    Can be uptight and hierarchal, refuse to prioritize in some areas despite calls from CEO to do so, leading to confusion about how to get EVERYTHING done, some openly unethical senior managers that are allowed to remain in role, culture of punishment versus learning from mistakes, very old school style of management with diversity and inclusion “bolted on”, creating and obvious but weak effort to try to be an employer of choice, haven’t figured out how to retain millennials mostly because senior leadership won’t take advice from experts.

    Advice to Management

    Make changes to the senior leadership teams across Manufacturing, R&D, and some of the functions so that you get new ideas, don’t make compromises to your core values regardless of who isn’t living up to them, rely on expert advice rather think you know better.

  8. "Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work scheduling - working from home days

    Cons

    co-workers - worried about themselves first in continuous lay offs that most Fortune 500 companies are going through to reduce costs - outsourcing and relocation of basic job duties are plentiful


  9. "Scientist in R&D"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, challenging programs, interaction with other scientist, goal driven

    Cons

    Micromanaged, constantly reorganized, uncertain future, over achiever

    Advice to Management

    Be more receptive to employees


  10. "Good company!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, strong pipeline, conservative

    Cons

    Arrogance, Switch business plans before seeing them through

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees