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50 English questions out of 50

10 November 2020

Does Merck KGaA offer massages?

Pros

Some coworkers made it enjoyable to come to work everyday. The benefits (time off and health) are better than other companies in the area. Free coffee and free company branded merchandise is nice too.

Cons

Pay is below average for the area. For a company of this size and supposed success, one would think they would at least be in the 50th percentile or above for salary expectations for the area, but sadly are not. The work culture is too focused on pleasing clients and tend to overlook/disregard employee satisfaction or happiness in the workplace until it’s too late. Most departments are overworked and are understaffed (due to turnover).

Advice to Management

You can push off/mask problems for so long until your employees realize the deficiencies created during this period of “growth” are here to stay and will not be resolved anytime soon.

Free coffee and free company branded merchandise is nice too.

10 November 2020

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13 July 2020

Does Merck KGaA offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Good benefits package, good facilities (although cramped), flexible working hours

Cons

Poor salary, cliquey, snitch culture encouraged, always understaffed, disorganised, lots of people stressed and angry, very corporate, lots of vindictive people. Discrepancy in pay of equal staff between teams. Not enough space for staff/instrumentation. Work was very dry/uninteresting. Always felt undervalued and unappreciated, and that there wasn't anyone I could go to for help.

Advice to Management

Encourage staff to help their colleagues instead of trying to make them look bad. Hire more staff so they are less stressed and happier. Pay your staff more. Pay everyone of the same rank equally regardless of what team they're in. Make people feel valued instead of unwanted.

Good benefits package, good facilities (although cramped), flexible working hours

13 July 2020

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18 December 2020

Does Merck KGaA have a pension plan?

Pros

- This role is mainly lab based with some paperwork elements, if you enjoy lab work then its ideal. - Clear progression from ASI -> AS2 (at least 1/2 years in ASI) - > AS3/Senior Associate (at least 3/4 years from ASI start -> Scientist (At least 5/6 years from ASI or entry with pHD). - Flexible working hours: You can work 7am - 3:30pm, 8am - 4:30pm, 9am - 5:30pm or 10am - 6:30pm (Microbiology dept - may vary in others). - Get free goodies occasionally, like water bottles, masks, gift bags etc. - A variety of different departments offer this role so if one dept didn't suit you, you could apply for another. - This role is often offered on a 12 month contract, which is ideal if you want to test if a lab based role is what you're looking for in your career. -Monthly check ins with your supervisor to address any queries or issues in the department. - The pension scheme is very good (It cuts off at 8%, i.e you pay in 8% and your employer pays in 12%). - 26 days of annual leave. - Don't have to work bank holidays but if you choose to, you get time and a half.

Cons

- It's very corporate driven and competitive, your colleagues are constantly aiming for the next promotion - can foster a blame game team dynamic in order to show off to management. -Passive aggressive emails all the time (but from what I've heard, you get that everywhere). - It's a high stress environment due to working with important samples, if you're someone who already has a high stress base level or isn't used to being reprimanded or criticised for errors, you might want to avoid this role. - You often have to work overtime your hours (you get time and a half) due to large volume of testing, you can't just leave the site when it hits 5:30pm, you have to stay until everything is completed - even if that takes until 10pm. This means if you have children to pick up or appointments, that you're not guaranteed to get to them on time.

The pension scheme is very good (It cuts off at 8%, i.e you pay in 8% and your employer pays in 12%).

18 December 2020

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30 January 2021

Does Merck KGaA offer parental leave?

Pros

good pay, good benefits, nice people

Cons

limited support in training and development,

good pay, good benefits, nice people

30 January 2021

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23 September 2019

Does Merck KGaA offer malpractice insurance?

Pros

Stable company with great variable yearly bonuses. The company is creating a better and more flexible workplace. Good benefits (insurance, cafeteria included).

Cons

Several branches or business units and some of them, in certain countries, seem to be forgotten due its small size. Some mid leadership seems to be technically good but not trained in soft skills. Besides bonus pays (which are variable) the monthly base is lower than similar competitors. Sharing knowledge does not seems to be in the culture.

Advice to Management

Strategies are not clear.

Good benefits (insurance, cafeteria included).

23 September 2019

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