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  1. "Adina"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience, salary is very high. Thanks for it

    Cons

    Hi guys , everything were ok. Amazing experience

    Advice to Management

    Such nice place. Love our team, thanks


  2. "Merck"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and products. Engaging with field force and amazing relationships between field and head office.

    Cons

    Career path way is restricted unless you go into head office and do other roles.


  3. "Merck"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Human Resources in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Head of Human Resources in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good company , values , opportunities and people . Definetly a good place to work

    Cons

    Traditional in its approach , salary are ok and as a family company has limited access to share schemes

    Advice to Management

    Maintain strong values and continue to drive change and focus on results


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  5. "Good People, Good Compensation, Career progression limited"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Representative in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Medical Representative in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well looked after. A very warm friendly culture. Compensation and benefits are good. Management decisions seem sound and in touch with the needs of the business. Keep your head down and you can find yourself on a good salary very quickly.

    Cons

    Maybe a little to warm and comfortable for those looking for a fast paced career. Career progression opportunities are very limited. Getting into head office roles from the field is tough. Support for further qualifications is seemingly non existent (MBA etc).

    Advice to Management

    Maybe a graduate fast track type programme is needed to attract and retain high calibre graduates.


  6. "Just love it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - really global mindset
    - equal opportunities employer
    - very transparent about career progression
    - located in more then 140+ countries worldwide
    - innovative

    Cons

    - not too fast decision making
    - bureaucratic
    - access to senior management sometimes limited
    - merger with Schering-Plough left some scars
    - bad inhouse IT execution

    Advice to Management

    - Back to basics
    - more vision and innovation
    - Execute better!


  7. "Leant a lot and developed professionally"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company package. Health insurance, maternity package, good car options for field representatives and option to include dental and life insurance coverage for family at a small monthly cost

    Cons

    Too many "brown-nosers" getting ahead. Too much internal politics. I guess most sales environments are like that. Hard work should be adequately compensated.

    Advice to Management

    There should be some improvement in middle management people skills


  8. "OK as long as you have no ambitionfor promotion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work, good salary and good car scheme

    Cons

    No hope of promotion, managers brought in from outside. Employees treated like mushrooms - kept in the dark and fed sh*t.

    Advice to Management

    Be much more transparent, listen to the employees more about where they want to progress to in their careers.


  9. "A terrible company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Hoddesdon, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Hoddesdon, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is not that bad. The corporate office (based in the States) is very forward looking and appears to be professionally managed.

    Cons

    However, the UK affiliate and its senior management was a disaster (till end of 2009). I hear that the new management is slightly better. But some of the old rotten apples are still hanging on in the leadership team.

    Advice to Management

    Get some of the inefficient management team members to start doing some real work. This particularly applies to the marketing and sales guys.


  10. "ex employee of SChering Plough... whose mission statement is 'to earn trust....sometimess'"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good location. final salary pension like in the NHS< but may go now after the merger/ take over.

    Cons

    hypocritical senior management. poor work life balance. not a great salary and culture. poor bonuses compared to USA and no stock options.

    Advice to Management

    I think it is difficult as the senior management is likely to change after the merger with Merck. Listen lore.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Mismatch between public face and private culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Broad-based pharmaceutical company with opportunities in multiple professional and geographic areas. The range of the company - including human and animal health, prescription and OTC pharma, research as well as sales - provides good scope for lateral moves. The company is well represented in most countries, however expatriate assignments are not fostered.

    Cons

    Very significant disconnect between values espoused in public and the business culture actually in place. The company and Fred Hassan present a very attractive philosophy and vision, however in reality the company is very aggressive commercially with a lot of cynical attitudes among staff who must act in ways that are not reflected in the espoused culture.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with the espoused values.


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