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Merck Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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  • So much passion for the mission that it's difficult to find work-life balance (in 58 reviews)

  • no work life balance, upper management should have much more outsourced (in 65 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (3)

    "place to damage health"

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

    Pros

    new technology,
    strong scientist
    good platform

    Cons

    a lot of jerks to work with
    low morale
    worst managers across industry


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Glory Days Long Gone..."

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Merck just celebrated its 125th anniversary. Developing cutting edge cancer drugs! Very talented people dedicated to advancing science and healthcare.

    Cons

    Exodus of top talent across the board. Downsizing and outsourcing with unrealistic timelines. Leadership not held accountable at expense of support staff. Low employee morale with broken promises.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to Millennials' hard work ethics, future to your success! Invest and develop them professionally. Promote, Reward and Recognize their contributions to Merck. Millennials don't wait around in today's world...


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Production technician"

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    Current Employee - Production Technician in Elkhorn, NE
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Elkhorn, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Absolutely none unless you view micro management, lies from management, no advancement opportunities, and high school power struggles between high school educated adults.

    Cons

    I can't begin to tell anyone who reads this the amount of soap opera drama that occurs in the Elkhorn, NE facility. Management allows certain shifts to take 2 hour lunches with paid lunch on certain occasions. Off shifts come into crumbs on the table and are not allowed anything but normal lunch. Company will hold year end meetings to discuss what will occur the following year but tells 3rd shift they will not be paid if they attend while paying 1st and 2nd. The management have people who have nothing but high school diplomas and no management experience and they focus on making you look bad to advance themselves. Lets move on to training or lack there of. Training is nonexistent you will be expected to do everything the minute you walk into the door; If you make a mistake they will make an example out of you. I have been here for 8 months and I can promise I won't work for Merck another 8 months. If you value your career don't make the same mistake as me.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all management who don't have the qualifications such as a degree and training. Fire all toxic employees who thrive on making people look bad to prove there own worth. Fire all upper management who allow certain shifts to have extended lunch breaks while telling off shifts they can not do the same.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lead instrumentation Technician"

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    Former Employee - Lead Instrument Tech in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Lead Instrument Tech in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401 K
    Pay
    Can not think of any more pros except maybe the cafeteria
    Days off
    Retirement
    Can make technicians do the work

    Cons

    Work load, management out of touch with reality.
    Putting minorities in roles that they are not qualified for.
    Coaches that are mean and cause problems.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of coaches that micromanage


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Procurement"

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

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

    Pros

    Company is flexible with work/life balance
    Hardworking co-workers trying to do their best.
    Strong procurement rigor within the department

    Cons

    Procurement is a revolving door. In the 5 years I've been here I have seen countless individuals leave the organization for other companies with no end in sight. Senior leadership does not respect their employees and at times looks to scold individuals in front of the full organization turning it into a very tense atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Replace all the leaders starting at the top in Procurement organization to hopefully foster growth in the organization and stability in the departments workforce.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sorry to say I once worked there...."

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company portrays that they have great benefits. However once you looking into each of their benefits you quickly realize they have these sneaky little policies to offset them. Take for instance they offer life insurance but it ends when you turn 65. Than their Long term disability plan is a welfare funded plan so anything you collect on LTD you have to pay the company back entirely for the amount. They have gotten working women awards but I have no idea how as 400 female employees have a class action lawsuit for discriminating and not paying them the same as their male peers. Their benefits appear to be good but look into each and you will quickly find that they are some of the worst out there. A very sneaky and unethical company. Sorry to say I once worked there...

    Cons

    Nothing really good about working there.

    Advice to Management

    What comes around goes around!


  9. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent experience, knowledgeable scientific staff

    Cons

    Management very difficult to work with and for. Major problems in Boston office. Facility Manager dislikes Boston area employees/scientific staff. Appears to work deals with contractors behind closed doors. Serious ethical questions? i.e. Kickbacks etc. with Facility Senior Management

    Advice to Management

    Fix this problem immediately. Morale very low in Boston.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "General"

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

    Pros

    Some smart innovative people working within HQ

    Cons

    Marketing team very out of touch-5 failed launches. Guess market research not as accurate as they claim.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes you have to admit that the emperor isn't wearing any clothes


  11. "Admin. Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, nice working conditions, some pleasant employees.

    Cons

    Management did not care if something was wrong in the department.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing politics, and pay attention to your employees that are doing the job.



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