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Merck Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "Good company overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good ethics, pension.

    Cons

    Job is in a silo.

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate more job rotation


  2. "Associate Director, shared Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Kenilworth, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Merck gives you the opportunity to develop and grow

    Cons

    as any other company we have few problmes but nothing big


  3. Helpful (4)

    "A company with brillant history"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a company with brilliant history. It has a lots of excellent scientists and staffs. Employees got good benefits and chances to grow.

    Cons

    The frequent company restructurings made it lost its productivity and employees' job securities, hurt employees' working passion and caused massive waste.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the future of the company before making big decisions. You are responsible for share holders as well as company.


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  5. "Excellent experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Marketing Intern in Madison, NJ
    Former Employee - Global Marketing Intern in Madison, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The directors and executives I worked with were so knowledgeable and kind. They welcomed my input and were always available to answer any questions I had. They treated the interns like gold. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

    Cons

    It is highly scientific so it takes a while to get used to the technical terms.


  6. "Great company with a strong pipeline and dedicated personnel."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall a great place to work. Visible push to promote women in the last 10 years. Benefits are competitive with a pension, matching 401k, and health care.

    Cons

    Typical corporate issues trying to cope with tough economics. Compensation for performance has been pitiful the last 5+ years and salaries are no longer competitive.


  7. "technical writer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Miami Lakes, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Miami Lakes, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great learning experience with every team player

    Cons

    technology was not very advanced at this site


  8. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Quality in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Director of Quality in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent products being developed and submitted with positive results. Good future if other products being developed are able to make it.

    Cons

    Most manufacturing activities being transferred to external companies. This could be risky if GMP/quality issues shows up in the future to maintain market supply.

    Advice to Management

    This could be applicable to any company - Caution with strategies where manufacturing activities are being transferred and the potential loss in sales due to interrupted product supply.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "The higher you go, it's high school politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in West Point, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in West Point, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting salaries, good training, good company name on your resumé. Merck is the best training ground for use as a stepping stone to other pharma/biotech companies who pay much better for seasoned workers.

    Make sure your boss likes you and will help you develop in your job. If your department head gets to know you, opportunities might arise, but don't step on your boss's head.

    Cons

    Very political as you move up in the ranks. Very Type A anal retentive types. Sales and marketing are essentially cults. There were some male predators there in the past. Downsizing has made for a higher-stress environment. Overall, Merck hires the best people and does not develop them. Much favoritism, so if you are not a "golden child" you can jump to a better paying job at another company.

    Advice to Management

    Nepotism was not erased over the past layoffs. Global Communications is now a matriarchy. Sycophants are still there. Weed out the people who don't add value but just talk a good game when they have to.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Large Company w/ Problems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Lansdale, PA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Lansdale, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Merck is a large pharmaceutical company with name recognition that will open up doors across the industry. Good benefits (pension, 401k, vacation, etc.) and work-life balance. There are several different jobs available to help those who want to know what they want to be when they grow up.

    Cons

    Pay could be better. I have worked with troublesome Union but currently work with clueless management; I prefer the troublesome Union. Merck is aggressively pursuing diversity in their leadership; making it difficult to be promoted as a white male. I honestly think they hire people that are not qualified for management roles just to meet a diversity quota (yes, a legit official objective to meet diversity [as opposed to qualified applicants]).

    Advice to Management

    Management may "hear" what employees have to say but rarely is there action (maybe there is action; however, they never notify us of updates). Management also works to further their own career (rather than develop those they manage or improving the business).


  11. "Merck"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Empowered, can really create your own path

    Cons

    If you are not on the hot project, you have little chance of getting a good review

    Advice to Management

    Really manage people and help them with their careers, it will help Merck


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