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Merck Reviews

Updated February 15, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Merck Management is the issue"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Great company, good ethics, you go nowhere and very unfair pay.

    Cons

    Merck does not promote in place. That means "The next Moron" gets the job simply because its their turn. This leads to very incompetent management, nobody cares because they do not last long before the next moron takes over.

    Advice to Management

    Choose management by skill and not because its "their turn" promote employees on performance and not politics.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Large Company w/ Problems"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Lansdale, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Merck is a large pharmaceutical company with name recognition that will open up doors across the industry. Good benefits (pension, 401k, vacation, etc.) and work-life balance. There are several different jobs available to help those who want to know what they want to be when they grow up.

    Cons

    Pay could be better. I have worked with troublesome Union but currently work with clueless management; I prefer the troublesome Union. Merck is aggressively pursuing diversity in their leadership; making it difficult to be promoted as a white male. I honestly think they hire people that are not qualified for management roles just to meet a diversity quota (yes, a legit official objective to meet diversity [as opposed to qualified applicants]).

    Advice to Management

    Management may "hear" what employees have to say but rarely is there action (maybe there is action; however, they never notify us of updates). Management also works to further their own career (rather than develop those they manage or improving the business).


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Clinical Services Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are excellent. Many have the spirit of collaboration and really want to do well with the company and products.

    Cons

    They are always restructuring, laying off groups and generally you live under a constant threat your team will be downsized. They change strategy too often and do not gather all the facts before making decisions. Individual managers have too much power over development and goals and if you have a conflict you are screwed. They do not develop their scientists well and treat them like a commoddity.

    Advice to Management

    People are the best part of Merck, don't treat them so poorly and force groups to work under constant layoffs for 5 straight years - SALAR is but one example.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "District Manager"

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - District Manager in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, excellent benefits, including medical, 401K, pension when I started. Most managers care about their people.

    Cons

    Pension will move to cash balance in 2020, medical is now expensive and coverage is lousy. Upper management (CEO, VPs, etc) are milking this company dry. Lay people off but yet CEO collects millions in stock options. Will face patent expiry on many products and will become specialty driven

    Advice to Management

    Your compensation should be tied to overall performance of the company


  6. Helpful (1)

    "struggling company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    convenience location in central Jersey with easy commute though congestion is common.

    Cons

    no more pension, always reorg, insecure, tight and struggle relationship between workers and managers.

    Advice to Management

    there's no culture in term of helping employee in real need, much more need to be implemented.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Revolving Door for Salaried Positions"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist, Engineering in Elkton, VA
    Former Employee - Specialist, Engineering in Elkton, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are very personable and friendly.
    A lot of very cutting-edge software and tools at your disposal.
    You will learn a lot in your first few years.
    Equipment and automation systems are well ahead of the curve for the industry, even for pharma.
    Relationships between managers and direct reports are typically very good.

    Cons

    There are 0 checks and balances against an overly-powerful, under-qualified Union.
    Leadership is concerned only with how they are perceived, not with how they actually function.
    Very low morale across every department.
    "We" vs. "They" mentality across all departments. Inter-departmental relations are starting to break down.
    Entire technical departments have completely turned over several times within the last 3-4 years.
    Quality systems are very clunky and result in a lot of non-value-added work.
    Visual management and communication cascades are extremely broken.
    Training of salary employees is nearly non-existent, despite very specific software and processes.

    Advice to Management

    Salaried employees and young talent are not dispensable. Stop blaming attrition on the area, it's a great place to live. Give the factories the resources they need to do their job. Stop rolling out "flavor of the month" programs. Esse quam videri.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible work schedule for family life

    Cons

    lack of support from corporate


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Process Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Large companies have a lot of different job opportunities.

    Cons

    Employee differentiation at large companies can be unfair.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits. Executive management seeks opportunities to send the corporate message to the rest of the organization. Efforts always made to made sure everyone is aware of the current financials & organizational direction.

    Cons

    Some individuals in management have not actually performed the work, so they have no appreciation for what it entails. Some executives rule by "my way or the highway", which can be threatening and intimidating to some.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay is competitive compared to other large pharmaceutical companies

    Cons

    Very few opportunities for promotions, career paths are very ambiguous, upper management makes strange decisions every 2-3 years that severely impact employees conducting the research

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing things so frequently. Listen to the feedback from the surveys you send out to your employees -- the good AND the bad. You can learn something from it, even if you don't want to hear it.



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