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Merrill Corporation Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  • Lack of communication between teams and among upper management (in 10 reviews)

  • technology was behind, not much room for growth and did not seem to have interest in growing developers or pursuing updated technology (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. Enhanced Desktop Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible hours

    Cons

    Merrill does not stay up to date with latest software for PC's and MAC's. Needs to work on client retention.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Merrill is okay..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Cloud, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, really good benefits (compared to others in the area).

    Cons

    Difficult to advance. The only way to advance is to be buddies with the hiring manager, which leads to horribly unqualified people being put into positions that they cannot handle (mainly management). Merrill "prides" itself on hiring within, but it's completely untrue. Recently there was a large lay-off (100+ people) and 2 job positions were opened under a different division. Instead of hiring perfectly qualified individuals, that applied for the positions, the manager filled both from outside the company. Office politics are the worst, so much drama and gossip from all levels. Way too much middle-management, leading to micro-managing of employees. My former manager sat on Facebook and shopped online all day, and took credit for the hard work that the rest of the team did. The new CEO has been selling off pieces of the core business for 2+ years....not sure what Merrill is anymore.

    Advice to Management

    There is way too much middle-management and no over-sight on hiring. Managers are hiring their buddies, instead of the best candidate for the job. Merrill needs to figure out what it want's to do and then clean house starting with the management positions. And would it kill you to give out raises or at least a cost of living increase?!

  3. "Good People but Waiting For Axe to Fall"

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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 Merrill Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people but losing more every day.

    Cons

    Lack of C-level communication to the rank and file.
    Old school culture that is almost impenetrable.
    Major differences between departments in terms of work life balance, HR policies, etc. (i.e. one department can wear shorts and drink beer, another cannot have puzzles out on desks). Expensive health coverage.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, communication, consistent policies and timely raises.


  4. "Made it longer than most"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merrill Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance was good in department. Benefits were decent. Compensation was competitive.

    Cons

    Morale was non-existent with constant lay offs, restructuring and endless gossip/politics. Lots of empty cubes. Revolving door at most middle management positions. Lack of communication was a glaring problem.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick to it, And tell your employees about it.


  5. "Merrill Corporation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely client service focued. Dedicated and professional employees

    Cons

    Need faster adaption to Technology and Innovation


  6. "Lots of changes in company"

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    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at Merrill Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work life balance, insurance, etc.

    Cons

    many company changes and several layoffs

    Advice to Management

    more consistency throughout different regions. some managers are great some are not


  7. "It's okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merrill Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule while still remaining full time

    Cons

    no room to grow or get promoted

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good Company but not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Merrill is going through a transformation, new leadership, new products, a tremendous amount of change to become a market leader once again. There are lots of good people at Merrill, and most really want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Politics can be thick, and most internal support processes are poor or non-existent. Leaders that are your best friend one day can turn their back on you the next. Driving change is very hard, unless you are embraced by those in positions of power, real or assumed. Knowing the political landscape can be very challenging and sometimes it's best to simply keep your head down and do what you are told.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the internal issues, and change the internal support systems to unleash your talent. Listen to your people, they will tell you the truth. Have the courage to hear the truth and do something about it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "High Speed Color Digital/ Bindery"

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    Former Employee - High Speed Digital/Bindery Operator in Union, NJ
    Former Employee - High Speed Digital/Bindery Operator in Union, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits great company to work for

    Cons

    no year end bonus, that's the only thing bad I can say and that isn't all that uncommon these days

    Advice to Management

    no advice they do a good job


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Met some wonderful people
    Clientele is superb
    Independent schedule
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of transparency
    No career path
    No direction
    Favoritism
    Snarky culture
    Perception of being a "hard worker"

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building and rewarding employees


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