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Updated January 18, 2018
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  1. "Merck"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company offers great benefits, vacation time, and has a good sick day policy. I am proud of the many efforts to uphold the “Be well” motto.

    Cons

    Certain departments never offer career advancement until someone retires or dies. Other departments require relocation and may offer unstable jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the employees who possess a strong work ethic and fire those who don’t.


  2. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Associate Vice President in Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Vice President in Lansdale, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Merck is a good company to work for and has an excellent future powered by their investment in biotech products. The focus on research is fantastic and the current leadership of Ken and Roger is just fabulous. They are visionaries and have a fantastic moral compass. They also care a lot about the employees and do their best to keep up the engagement.

    Cons

    A bit top down and too many senior level folks get involved in the details which sometimes leads to a lack of development of next generation leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Delagate and trust people that work for you.

  3. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Merck is a good company and a great place to work. The focus is on doing the right thing for the patients. People are respectful and professional

    Cons

    Salaries are not always the highest (compared to other big pharma companies) but the benefits package is comprehensive. Make sure you take advantage.


  4. "Sales rep"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Global organization - opportunities

    Cons

    Frequent reorganizations every 3 years

    Advice to Management

    Value sales performance from reps


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Struggling To Stay Competitive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health benefits and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Not a long-term employer anymore. Using contract forces for ALL products. No career advancement in sales.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Representative at Merck"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family friendly, not much pressure, good numbers are not going to determine whether they keep you if there is a layoff so don't stress over them

    Cons

    weak pipeline, poor leadership, inconsistent information between managers

    Advice to Management

    Get information together and be consistent in sharing with staff


  7. "Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative"

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    Former Employee - Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Local in the Central Florida area

    Cons

    I can not move out of the city of Orlando

  8. "Executive Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Chicago, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Chicago, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonus structure was high for the industry

    Cons

    Too much turnover at the executive and managerial levels with very little experience at those positions.

    Advice to Management

    keep your own tenured people


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company gone downhill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job flexibility and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Company has gotten too big. No loyalty to employees anymore. Right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. Promotions & advancment opportunities are very limited. Larger territories & more responsibilities without the increase in pay.

    Advice to Management

    Poor middle management in several cases. Managers need to be trained better on coaching.


  10. "Good Company... no future for Primary Care"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, supportive environment, great people to work with. There are a lot of really great people who work at Merck. There is a lot of talent and also a lot of collaboration. In the last couple of years there has been more focus on development. It is still a sales environment but you focus on being successful together through collaboration.

    Cons

    Merck is a huge company. It is very conservative and so risk averse it stifles any creativity. Merck was a great company once but they have not been able to develop products and now they are only investing in oncology. There just isn't a future in Merck outside of Oncology and Acute Hospital Care.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job developing products and bringing novel first in class medications to market. You used to be the leader in this area. Also figure out who you want to be. You say that you want to be a leading organization again. Stop letting bureaucracy and being ultra conservative get in the way. Finally you just went through another downsizing. You need to help your talented employees who are still here see a future with the company.


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