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Merck Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  • So much passion for the mission that it's difficult to find work-life balance (in 59 reviews)

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

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  1. "Frustrating but a good living"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Position do open regularly for new people off the street.
    The pay is at least average for what work being performed.
    Most hourly union member are hard workers and have a good attitude. Many may disagree but it really depends at location on plant site.

    Cons

    - There simply isn't enough salary people to perform all the work required of them.
    - Management has been taken out of most of the processes due to head count reductions.
    - Very inconsistent promotions. If you can run around being loud, looking busy, and always engaging your boss for no reason your in good shape for promotion (notice work not mentioned). If have your nose to the grindstone actually getting work done, you don't create drama, you don't get buddy buddy with your boss then don't hold your breath on a promotion...ever.

    Advice to Management

    Staff accordingly and standardize promotion requirements


  2. "Full time Merck Bio-technician review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Engaging job that manufactures medicines specifically vaccines to help the public.

    Cons

    Working with strict production deadlines


  3. "Analysts"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Staten Island, NY
    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Staten Island, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Pros

    It is a good place to work with

    Cons

    It is too busy for me, I can not handle the big load jobs


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Merck Management is the issue"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. "Sr Program Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, benefits, growth curve, people are very helpful and nice

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the ladder, pay, not attractive for younger workforce

    Advice to Management

    Try to attract younger talent and pay according to industry standards


  7. "Good company and benefits - hard for talented to thrive in politically charged environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Noble cause;
    Courageous Leader (CEO)
    Great benefits
    Diverse experiences

    Cons

    Politically charged environment;
    Nepotism
    Culture corruption


  8. "One of my favorite jobs"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Great products to sell. Enjoyed my customers and the other people I worked with

    Cons

    Very conservative company that folllow many rules on compliance

    Advice to Management

    N:a


  9. "full-time employee basic impressions of experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    nice facilities, good remote working policy

    Cons

    wish that leadership would consider how to encourage & reward innovation


  10. "Finance Director Comtroller Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People - Pride in Products

    Cons

    Lack of consistent approach to accuracy

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to Legacy Merck Finance People


  11. "Good Benefits, Good Salary, Lacking Good Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    -Good Salary
    -Excellent Benefits
    -Large organization with many opportunities

    Cons

    -Management does not always value employees



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