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Merck Reviews

Updated September 22, 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. "Pharmacist"

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    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great rewarder, rewarded hard-working employees

    Cons

    Could provide more vacation time

  3. "Overall good company"

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    Current Employee - Associate Specialist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Specialist in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good people, good culture

    Cons

    Location, ability for promotions not great.

    Advice to Management

    work harder to keep the people you have.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Director, Discovery"

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    Current Employee - Director, Discovery
    Current Employee - Director, Discovery
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Broad team, capabilities and confidence
    Organizationally astute to capabilities and impact - technology welcomed rather than seen as a threat
    Encouragement to grow group's responsibilities and impact.

    Cons

    Large company with bureaucratic overhead that comes with it.
    Scientific inertia and arrogance
    Organization developed too many layers - losing site of where the golden eggs come from

    Advice to Management

    If the team keeps losing, you sack the manager not the players: i.e. institutional / strategic errors are executive errors not operational.


  5. "Good company to start your junior career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Great company to learn drug discovery, OK work/life balance

    Cons

    Limited space for growth, PhDs are not appreciated


  6. "company review positive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great benefits, good salaries, flexible work arrangements made Merck a great place to work

    Cons

    lots of meetings needed to travel to


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good scientific capability"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technologies are welcomed rather than a threat.
    Great benefits
    Confidence
    Publication is highly encouraged
    Academic collaborations
    Cutting edge research
    A lot of seminars

    Cons

    Somewhat competitive
    Arrogance
    Generation gap
    Can be a bit conservative, not taking a risk
    Slow progress due to politics
    Lots of meetings hence scientific inertia
    Hierarchy and too many layers
    No free coffee for employees (!)

  8. "IT Director"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Director in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Mission of the company is a key driver to work there. Enabling innovative new cancer therapies is incredibly motivating.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits have eroded over time. In most cases not competitive with peer companies.

    Advice to Management

    Bringing in outside managers is not a panacea.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Too political and infighting among groups


  10. "Molecular Pathologist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment with advanced technologies

    Cons

    Slow growth and week recognition, poor retention of staff


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