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Merck Reviews

Updated October 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Average benefits, terrible site leadership"

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    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    pension, tuition reimbursement, unlimited sick days

    Cons

    site leadership is disconnected and treats employees like a number

    Advice to Management

    transparency to employees about what is going on inside the company


  2. "Worst experience"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck as a contractor

    Pros

    Big company/ site, seemed that the work environment was better in other departments

    Cons

    Didn't receive proper training, was lead down the wrong path multiple times, felt that it was more of a toxic environment rather than one willing to encourage growth and development

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not a place for career development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good scientific activities and discoveries here

    Cons

    No space for career developement

    Advice to Management

    Need to provide opportunities to employees


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits but very costly.

    Cons

    Horrible leadership. Always thinking they are better than the layers beneath them. NO open door policy and poor decision making leaders. So many meetings because people refuse to pick up the phones or talk to their peers.

    Advice to Management

    Rid yourself of the bumps on a log and get pro-active, smart, sharp people. Have more conversations with people you work with than scheduling meetings to talk to them.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Merck"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    They pay a decent wage.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Downstream technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. There is absolutely no pros working for this employer. Go work retail or fastfood before accepting a position with Merck.

    Cons

    I cannot seriously think of a more pathetic and miserable company to work for. You will work in aseptic room and be denied restroom breaks or water. Don't think that they would do that? Call OSHA in Nebraska and ask for the report. Everyday you will do the exact same thing if you are a fast learner because they refuse to train employees. The company will give you a poor review regardless of what you do for them because they only care about profits not people. They will continuously sabotage your career if you attempt to apply for another position in the company. Think getting a better degree will help? Think again they promote people with highschool diplomas over people with masters degrees. If you love the political culture with tons of micromanagers, lack of training, taping equipment so it will operate, being blamed for equipment not working, being set up for failure with out of date SOP's, being over worked and criticized for not doing more than Merck is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing because your competition will help you close your doors.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A Constant Struggle"

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical 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

    The pay and retirement programs are competitive.

    Cons

    The lack of organization, communication, planning, accountability, process knowledge and proper training is astonishing. That's just to name a few of the problems. All these concerns aren't just on the production floor, but yet they span all levels. I would suggest exhausting all other options and only take a job here as a last resort. It is, without question, the most poorly ran organization I have ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    Try learning the process you oversee. Spend time being a direct witness to the daily struggles your poor management skills cause. Try listening to all the voices that have attempted to speak up over the years and give them the attention they deserve. The production numbers speak for themselves. The voices need no other validation. The process is broken and those who are running the process are lost and confused, but will never admit their faults. They will likely run the plant (Durham, NC) completely to the ground or headquarters will have to step in and do a complete overhaul. Either way, the only way to succeed is to stop everything you're doing and go in the opposite direction. If your goal was to waste as much time, effort and money as you possibly could, your efforts would be at the pinnacle. No one does it better.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunch several days week

    Cons

    Bad managers at every level


  9. "Nothing to gain here"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    big name to add to your resume. Other than that don't think there is anything good about this company.

    Cons

    You will be paid badly. All the permanent senior employees will push off all their work to you


  10. "Positive Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location is convenient pay is fair

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for advancement


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