Merck Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 22 Dec 2020

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  1. "Great team to work with"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Clear strategy. Managers delivered what they committed too. Can see the benefits of investment. Great work life balance for employees

    Cons

    Short deadlines. Heavy workloads. High expectations (I see these as pros and cons)

  2. "Poor initial training and poor prospects"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Product Testing Analyst in Cramlington, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merck for less than a year

    Pros

    Experience working in a QC lab. Learnt new analytical techniques. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Poor training: A lot of the initial training involved reading hundreds of online power point style documents over the course of 4 weeks, with only a few of them relevant to the core focus of the role. Contracted through an agency so no job security, poor advancement prospects.

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  3. "Good pay, awful people"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Bucks in Milton Keynes, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Good work/life balance. Team activities

    Cons

    Massive favouritism towards some. Very cliquey. If your face doesn't fit you've had it

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  4. "Good pay and benefit, too much office politics and lack of promotion opportunity"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merck full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefit, salary is good if you have worked with MSD for a long time, friendly culture, some employees stay with the company for many years, good work life balance

    Cons

    too much office politics, lack of career development opportunity, difficult to get promotion if you are field sales staff

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  5. "Great company that cares about your professional growth"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -many resources that promote my career growth -everyone is very approachable -company cares about work life balance -most system have been optimized for automation that reduces unnecessary repetition -constantly promotes innovation to increase automation possibilities

    Cons

    everyone is remote or across the globe, hard to see people face to face

  6. "Happy"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Rahway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Compensation, work life balance, people

    Cons

    Onboarding, remote work, hr, it support

  7. "Excellent"

    5.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Medical Information Scientist in North Wales, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merck for less than a year

    Pros

    1) Collaborative mindset 2) Only need to be in office for 2-3 day/week 3) Great work-life balance 4) Flexible work hours (still 8 hrs but you can start earlier like 7:30 AM if you wish) 5) Promotional review is a big part of the job

    Cons

    1) Contractors can only be hired for 2 years max 2) Full-time position are few and rare 3) Contractors do not have PTO 4) Contractors do get paid for holidays or company shut down 5) Contractors do not get paid for overtime

  8. "Great place to learn!"

    4.0
    Former Intern - Global Marketing 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, work-life balance, great management

    Cons

    Employees tend to trend towards older age, leaving less room for new hires / career growth for younger individuals

  9. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in New Brunswick, NJ

    I have been working at Merck full-time

    Pros

    Ethical leadership, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Kind of boring suburban location

  10. "Great projects, salary, benefits and family life balance."

    4.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merck full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Projects, salary, benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Promotions to exec levels are not necessarily based on accomplishments on priority projects and/or on top yearly reviews. Management picks certain employees to lead initiatives as a path to exec promotion. Employees who want to advance to executive levels need to work with their management to be assigned to initiatives early on to have an eventual shot at at an exec level promotion. If management does not offer such opportunities after a significant period of time (despite very positive yearly reviews) its a nuanced way of conveying that you can still have a satisfying career but not as an executive.

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