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Merck Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "great experiences, tough culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Clinical Operations in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director of Clinical Operations in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for hard workers to excel

    Cons

    Toxic culture among staff who have little experience outside of Merck. Benefits are not as competitive as they used to be

    Advice to Management

    The stack ranking system destroys collaboration. The culture will suffer until you stop this system.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunch several days week

    Cons

    Bad managers at every level


  3. "good and bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay good, hours are ok

    Cons

    bene's getting stale, zero room for growth

    Advice to Management

    stop holding back your employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Good colleagues and helpful. Work life balance is ok, exposure to whole drug development process and opportunity to participate.

    Cons

    Promotion and career development is not easily tractable. Managers need to be open to helping and promoting people under them.

    Advice to Management

    Need clear communication on career development and encourage it. Need competitive compensation that is Comparable to other companies in Bay Area...housing cost alone scares people off.


  6. "Frustrating but a good living"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  7. "Analysts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Merck"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Director in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Quality Director in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company with great products in many different lines of therapy. Superb workforce in all areas. Extremely structured and .

    Cons

    Adopted the strategy of downsizing and outsourcing many areas and manufacturing sites. Lost very talented resources and the ones remaining at a corporate level will not have the experience of real life manufacturing environment.
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    Advice to Management

    Cautious with the downsizing strategy. This may hurt the company in the long run.


  9. "Merck & Co review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Holmes, PA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Holmes, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work; collaborative environment

    Cons

    Some management beliefs do not align with company's beliefs and some employees suffer the consequences

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone can conform to be the same thing


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, pension, 401k with a 6% match. Top-drawer company to put on a resume. The work-life balance was wonderful, as well as paid time off and holidays. Wonderful, smart colleagues and large budgets to buy top-line equipment to stay on top of the latest science.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring and uncertain directives. Some favoritism and tolerance of slackers by the management. The company follows the latest science instead of creating it, so there's a more reactive rather than proactive vibe to the corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your employees and pay attention to hard workers and reward them. Know how to weed out the wheat from the chaff.


  11. "Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Tech in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Well organized great company with lots of opportunity. Management listens to employees and works to insure satisfaction.

    Cons

    I have nothing in this category


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