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Merck Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  1. "This is a great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    They value your expertise and time

    Cons

    The hours can be hard at time


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Merck Animal Health"

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    Former Employee - Associate II, Clinical Services in Elkhorn, NE
    Former Employee - Associate II, Clinical Services in Elkhorn, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects to work on. Varied animal groups to work with. Amazing benefits!

    Cons

    Inexperienced, discriminatory, and unprofessional managers. Most managers only cared about who brown-nosed or stroked their ego, so anyone who had experience, a degree, a great work ethic, etc didn't matter in comparison to their little buddies. The managers will help turn your co-workers against you because they don't like to hear what needs to be done to solve team issues. HR is no help and is just as corrupt as management and upper management. It was disappointing because the job itself was great and the good apples were pushed out of the company over time or remained there miserable.
    Sexist company--will promote and hand out raises to males over females even if the males are entry level or don't do their job. No raise or promotion was given to me after 4 years!

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and promote your experienced and hard-working employees! Don't take the easy way out and be able to listen to your employees objectively. Follow company values even if HR doesn't. The whole value structure will continue to fall apart if things continue as they have.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Principal Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Some very good people and average benefits

    Cons

    A company culture that makes it very difficult to do a quality job, no work life balance, below average compensation - expectation of a 200% commitment while paying at 75-80% (sometimes much lower) industry norms, and, outdated and poorly developed systems.


  4. 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.


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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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Writer of Technical Guides"

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    Former Contractor - Technical Writer/Editor in Rahway, NJ
    Former Contractor - Technical Writer/Editor in Rahway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not very high-pressured. Able to work remotely. Not staffed with micro-managers, you're allowed to work without someone breathing down your neck.

    Cons

    Endless meetings that went nowhere and resulted in nothing. Promises of a bright future for our department as our all-hands meetings grew smaller and smaller. Too much money spent on consultants who accomplished nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to spend your money more wisely. Move toward the future of technology instead of staying stilted in the past. Communicate better. Have fewer meetings.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Don't trust anyone"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teammates, and training. Interesting products and always provided with ample studies and credible sources.

    Cons

    No stability, they ask you to run your territory as if it was your own business but they won't let you. Don't be creative, just do what they say as nothing is appreciated. You are just a number not a person. Like they used to say, if you don't like it there are 100 people behind you waiting to take your job.

    Advice to Management

    Don't trap people by saying it's an "open door policy" to get them to voice concerns. Those comments will always be held against the reps.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  9. "Quality analyst"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Durham, NC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers were easygoing and helpful for the most part.

    Cons

    Management was me first. Promotion was only if someone above you left or were fired and if at best then. Employees take all the blame and get none of the credit.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "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.


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