Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Reston, VA – August 31, 2017
I really enjoyed pharmaceutical sales. The perks and training were amazing and they took great care of their employees. I learned a lot about the medical industry and enjoyed working closely with the Doctors in my territory. I became a trusted resource for them and got to know most of them on a personal level as well. The hardest part of the job was getting past the gate keepers but I quickly learned how to charm them.
Productive and type of company I want to eventually retire from
Technician (Former Employee) – West Point, PA – March 22, 2018
I always liked working for Merck. They offer great benefits and the work was challenging. I was laid off December 2013. I left Merck as a technician and have since progressed to manager of Department for CRO. I would like to return to Merck. Live closer to Merck and liked the hours worked and pay.
Contractor (Former Employee) – West Point, PA – March 21, 2018
I liked my team and direct line manager however, typical cronyism and politics from upper management kept contractors from converting and other permanents from advancing. Not all departments are the same. If you are not a chosen one, just be happy where you are.
If you are used to standing out, get used to just meeting expectations. Its very hard to get more than that. (I was previously a permanent employee as well).
The vacation time is one of the best around. The pay is pretty good, Many departments have flex time and remote work.
As with anything, you have to take it for what it is.
Low stress if contract
no room for advancement, look at contractors as incapable - even if you have experience, limited to what you can do as a contractor
Institutional Pharmaceutical Specialist (Former Employee) – San Marcos, CA – March 19, 2018
My position was the Hospital Specialist Position. I was responsible to call on the main academic hospitals in San Diego which included Balboa Naval Hospital. UCSD Medical Center. Camp Pendleton Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Kaiser Hospital.
It was my responsibility to increase market share of 2 medications at all of these institutions. Prilosec for GERD aka Heartburn, and Atacand for blood pressure.
I was also responsible to develop the top academic Gastroenterologists and Cardiologists to speak about our products and the disease states the products were used for.
Great Company and products
Zeneca purchased Astra-Merck and had a lot of consolidation and downsizing
Programmer (Former Employee) – Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 13, 2018
I liked what I did but I needed more of a challenge. The work was more routine that I would have liked. It seemed like they were changing the department around too much although I liked the people there.
Biotechnician (Former Employee) – West Point, PA – March 13, 2018
Unfortunately, working for a union allows employees to act very unprofessionally. The training was rushed and if an employee did not feel like training, which was very often, then they have you follow them and honestly give no verbal training, or they just leave you in the breakroom all night. This happened to me multiple times. I told the union and the company management about this and nothing was resolved. Mangement was scared to receive any negativity from the union employees and thus, did not resolve any issues I had.
Great pay, benefits
Stressful, unprofessional employees, poor management, poor training programs
The typical day at work besides accomplishing goals was the flexible schedule and the working from home arrangements. Learned and worked with SAP and JDE. The hardest part was dealing with angry costumers and employees over the phone. The most enjoyable part was the diverse team of coworkers.
Executive Professional Representative (Former Employee) – Dallas, TX – March 12, 2018
Calling on primary care physicians in support of several therapeutic areas. Conducting breakfast, lunch and snack opportunities to have extended discussion with the physicians and staff. Any interaction in a physicians office is important, whether that be the front desk or back office staff. The current product mix is either dated or not well supported by managed care. The field sales representatives are hard working and dedicated. Management eschews an open dialogue but rarely are dissenting views appreciated.
I liked working there . Liked my managers and co -workers .We did not get paid a lot but was still a good job . If they did not close the doors , I would have had to find another jog anyway due to very low salary
Sr Assoc Sourcing Dir III - Indirect & Technology (Current Employee) – Kenilworth, NJ – March 8, 2018
The Company makes a difference in the lives of people globally through our innovative medicines, vaccines, and animal health products. We are committed to being the premier, research-intensive biopharmaceutical company and are dedicated to providing leading innovations and solutions for today and the future.