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Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "Tech op"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilson, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilson, NC
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment, good people

    Cons

    Lots of Overtime, little family time.


  2. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in North Wales, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in North Wales, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is global, so there are a lot of different opportunities.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work 60+ hour weeks.

  3. "Senior Maintenance Technician"

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    Former Employee - Senior Maintenance Technician in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Maintenance Technician in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Working Conditions , Good Benefits

    Cons

    Poor Communicatio, Long Working Hours

    Advice to Management

    Better Communication


  4. 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.


  5. "Quality of Personnel"

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    Former Contractor - Learning and Development Specialist in Elkton, VA
    Former Contractor - Learning and Development Specialist in Elkton, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Personnel are very professional and helpful

    Cons

    This position required handling politics within the company

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to have all the information at hand before making a difficult decision


  6. "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.


  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. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fantastic mission and great products

    Cons

    can be tough to engage customers when there isn't anything new

    Advice to Management

    continue to offer products and health economic data that meet customer needs


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Your standard big company"

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    Current Employee - Associate Specialist, Engineering in West Point, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Specialist, Engineering in West Point, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice and smart people, good values, secure, stable, decent pay, supportive of work life balance if you are

    Cons

    Bureaucracy/red tape, increasing cost pressures, average salaries, extremely conventional, boring, too many priorities make goals impossible to accomplish, hard to change job functions

    Advice to Management

    Pay young people more if you want to keep them motivated enough to stay there. They are the future of the company and if you don't keep them interested they will leave.


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