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Merck Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A Constant Struggle"

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Technician in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and retirement programs are competitive.

    Cons

    The lack of organization, communication, planning, accountability, process knowledge and proper training is astonishing. That's just to name a few of the problems. All these concerns aren't just on the production floor, but yet they span all levels. I would suggest exhausting all other options and only take a job here as a last resort. It is, without question, the most poorly ran organization I have ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    Try learning the process you oversee. Spend time being a direct witness to the daily struggles your poor management skills cause. Try listening to all the voices that have attempted to speak up over the years and give them the attention they deserve. The production numbers speak for themselves. The voices need no other validation. The process is broken and those who are running the process are lost and confused, but will never admit their faults. They will likely run the plant (Durham, NC) completely to the ground or headquarters will have to step in and do a complete overhaul. Either way, the only way to succeed is to stop everything you're doing and go in the opposite direction. If your goal was to waste as much time, effort and money as you possibly could, your efforts would be at the pinnacle. No one does it better.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "No longer committed to science"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits since it's a large company and pay is descent. That's about it.

    Cons

    I worked here before I got my Ph.D. and really loved the company. They were dedicated to science and doing things right. Then I went to get my Ph.D. in chemistry and came back to work for them. It was all changed.

    Now it was all about outsourcing and bringing value to the stock holders and typical b.s. they feed you at big companies. Management was reorganizing every 6 months. It was a disaster and no one really cared about science anymore.

    It's sad cause Merck was a great company that really tried to solve health problems. No longer the case.

  3. "Global Marketing Intern"

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    Former Employee - Global Marketing Intern in Madison, NJ
    Former Employee - Global Marketing Intern in Madison, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really great environment, corporate structure, friendly-people.

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough for interns to do.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Positive experience. Company is working hard to evolve"

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    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is working hard to change. Yes it will still normally do business the old way, but leadership is working hard to change the culture to make it more inclusive for all generations of employees. They are realizing the need for talent development. You need to remember this is an old company, so change will not be immediate.

    Cons

    Change does not happen quickly, but senior leaders are on track. It is a large company and for the most part, you have to do all your career development. The options are there, but to expect the company to do all the employee development work for you is asking a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the talent development programs and continue to evolve the benefits packages to be comparable to other companies.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "IPT Coach"

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Las Piedras, PR
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Las Piedras, PR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close to home, benefits (retirement plan 401k)

    Cons

    Possible site closure due to Puerto Rico's financial situation.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Big university to learn drug discovery"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learning is everywhere. Plenty of gurus and legend. Science is strong and is open to publication. Colleagues interact quite often.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities vary depending on groups. Too many processes that slow down work productivity. Leaders may like people who talk more and do less but I guess it is not unique to Merck

    Advice to Management

    People who do less bs talking should get more opportunities


  7. Helpful (3)

    "opinion"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Millsboro, DE
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Millsboro, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wages and vacation time

    Cons

    pharma company but doesn't allow employees to take sick time for Doctors visit for well. Which in return makes most employees not use their medicine.Why buy your meds if you don't help us with our yearly visits etc. Some senior management need reality checks

    Advice to Management

    do corrective action on a person not the whole department. promote someone with 20 years of dedication and no degree vs someone new with education and no experience. Your new managers need management training. Unethical behavior and poor managers in some areas make poor employee behavior.

  8. "Quality Technician Associate"

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    Current Employee - Quality Technician Associate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Quality Technician Associate in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Merck is a place where every dream can be achieved if you believe and desire it!"

    Cons

    Merckis a place where every dream can be achieved if you believe and desire it!"


  9. Helpful (2)

    "great experiences, tough culture"

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    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.


  10. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Current Employee - Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Ability to take on project work for all levels of employees if they portray interest and passion.

    Cons

    Absence of quantifiable metrics affects promotions and bonus structure to folks performing well

    Advice to Management

    Presence of QUANTIFIABLE metrics is key. An upward trajectory should be more well defined and targeted.


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