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Updated Nov 1, 2019

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3.1
89%
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99%
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Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
Kenneth C. Frazier
26 Ratings
  1. "Great work culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Teams are very supportive 2. Managers are very friendly 3. You will get a good configuration laptop

    Cons

    1. Understanding HR policies are very difficult for newcomers 2. some micromanagement 3. Not remembering much

    Advice to Management

    Take some good architectures persons in every team. so many people are lack of direction

    Merck2019-11-01
  2. "good company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time

    Pros

    good pay, benefit, retirement plan, work life balance

    Cons

    limited in career path and promotion

    Merck2019-08-23
  3. "Top notch research environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    *Motivated colleagues * Resources aplenty * Basic research encouraged

    Cons

    *Redundancy in concurrent programs, result of a slow decision making process

    Advice to Management

    Organization is doing great but can do much better with more sensible internal due diligence

    Merck2019-08-29
  4. Helpful (4)

    "ok"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist 

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Big name company benefits good

    Cons

    Too much politics from managers

    Advice to Management

    Stop politics; promote good people

    Merck2019-04-05
  5. "Senior scentist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good pay, a lot opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Work load is becoming heavier and heavier, sometime it is very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more good people

    Merck2018-12-13
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Good Science but Poor Management (Favoritism and Nepotism is Rampant)"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Kenilworth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good science, lot of projects to work on and promising portfolio.

    Cons

    Many re-orgs this year. Good people at management level are leaving and people with little or no management skills are given their positions. Favoritism and Nepotism is very rampant - can be seen in who they hire, who is given promotion and who gets the "most visible" projects. Lack of innovation and some projects seem redundant with unnecessary more stress on resources.

    Advice to Management

    Stop Favoritism - Many valuable employees may leave if things continue the way they are today.

    Merck2018-11-04
  7. "Busy but Rewarding"

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

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Rewarding work with real life applicaitons, never a dull day.

    Cons

    Incredibly busy. Too much work, with little time to accomplish it.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire driven employees.

    Merck2018-05-17
  8. "Senior Scientist"

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

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Merck cares about the employee and their safety.

    Cons

    Across the pharmaceutical industry, there are many pressures and regulations forcing changes in order to survive. This is not company specific.

    Merck2017-12-04
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Turning from a science driven company to a people driven one"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in West Point, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of training/learning opportunities (rotation program is awesome), especailly for new grads. You can easily find experts in that field if you want to learn things. Colleagues are in general nice and helpful. Competitive compensation, pension plan (rare in the industry nowadays), educational assistance (only $5250/year though), paid paternity leave (dads as well), flexible working hours etc.

    Cons

    Culture going downhill quickly. Science used to the top priority but not anymore. A lot of managers are scientifically mediocre while senior/experienced scientists have no direct report. Can you believe R&D directors only hold a bachelor degree? Career opportunities are fairly limited.

    Merck2017-11-23
  10. "Good benefits, but culture needs some work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Edison, NJ

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The benefits were good and competitive. The paternity leave is very good now. Company communications were timely, engaging and effective.

    Cons

    In research, the workplace environment was very competitive and I think the culture/morale reflected this.

    Merck2017-12-05
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