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Updated June 24, 2017
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Merck President & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenilworth, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High Ethics, Values, learning

    Cons

    Hierarchy on the ground

    Advice to Management

    Excellent Organization with ethics, values


  2. Helpful (2)

    "great science , poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    overall great scientific leaders, great work life balance depending on your manager.

    Cons

    non competitive pay for the bay area, lots of reorganization happening....palo alto site had close to nothing to offer.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not Anymore the Same Company"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Whitehouse, NJ
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Whitehouse, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Opportunity for growing if you get hire by the right people./department. Like any corporation relations are impersonal. Had one manager who didn't care about you as a person, Only cared about results regardless of you personal situation. Good pay and benefits, flexible work environment. You are allowed to work from home.

    Cons

    Lots of changes, layoffs, unstable, impersonal management. Sometimes assigning managers to supervise people with no management experience at all. Just doing what is apparently correct but not necessarily the right thing to do.

    Advice to Management

    Management should try harder on making a more diverse work environment. In some areas you see no much diversity in gender. In some areas all employees are males. In other areas, all employees are females. I didn't see much diversity in race either. Still Merck is a great company with strong ethical values.


  4. "Bio processing Technician"

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    Former Employee - Process Technician in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced and dynamic work place.

    Cons

    Effective employee utilization and well defined career path.

    Advice to Management

    Commitment to a true collaborative and empowered work culture.


  5. "Production tech"

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    Current Employee - Production Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment to work in

    Cons

    Permanent job is not easy to get


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    "Middle Person"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee's get Award For Excellence Often for doing their job.
    They say they are working from home, when they don't answer email or IM's, or their phone.

    Cons

    Management doesn't feel it's necessary to give the Admin's Award for Excellence, nor are they permitted to work from home. The original pay is good, however, the increase yearly is horrible, and the medical benefits are a joke. The MIU Union President is a Drama Queen and does nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your admins better.


  7. "Senior Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Able to volunteer for 1 week every year
    Competitive Salaries
    Inspiring Colleagues

    Cons

    Career growth depends on the manager. If one is not the boss's favorite employee or blindly follow directions, won't get annual raises.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership should talk one on one with non-managerial employees directly about their managers without management (skip level discussions) to get a sense of how bosses are treating their employees.

  8. "Great Scientists, management sees their role as besting the competition rather than promoting grassroots discovery"

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    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Scientists, teams work well together and the educational programs are great. I made a number of great friendships at Merck.

    Cons

    Long term scientists who have survived many reorganizations are more focused on reading tea leaves than scientific journals

    Advice to Management

    Process does not trump the mission to develop great cures with all the amazing resources you have stock piled. In the four years I spent with Merck, it amazed me how many talented scientists voted with their feet and left for other opportunities. If that is the goal of your process, give your management an A+.


  9. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in West Point, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Some area don't have developmental plans for employee advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your Salary employee's be more transparent


  10. "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, competitive pay and benefits

    Cons

    Suffers from being too big, too bureaucratic, and solow

    Advice to Management

    Break up silos


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