MSD as “Top Employer Switzerland 2017” and “Top Employer Europe 2017”

Lucerne, 24th May 2017 - The Top Employer label is given to companies that meet the highest standards in HR management and stand out as attractive employers. For the fifth time in succession the biopharmaceutical research company MSD, which is developing drugs and vaccines, has been awarded the label “Top Employer Switzerland” and for the second time also the label “Top Employer Europe.”

The Top Employer Institute has been giving awards to companies from a wide range of industries worldwide every year since 1991. The analysis process is multi-stage and lasts approximatively six months. Then the audit firm Grant Thornton examines the data. Crucial factors for gaining the “Top Employer” award include aboveaverage ratings under the headings Human Resource Management, Remuneration and Social Security, Career Opportunities, Working Conditions, Education and Training, and Corporate Culture. Only those companies with above-average performance in all these areas are awarded the "Top Employer” quality label.

Important for MSD from several perspectives

“We are really delighted to receive the award again in both categories. It is an important indicator both internally to our 600 employees at the four sites in the Lucerne region and externally to future potential employees. Switzerland is an important location for the research and development-oriented company. Over 50 nations are represented here. We consider diversity and interdisciplinary collaboration to be key elements of our success. Our corporate culture is molded to a large extent by the exchange of ideas across divisional and functional boundaries. This helps us to take new approaches and promotes innovative working.” Thomas Lang, Managing Director MSD Switzerland

“The Top Employer Award confirms our high standards in terms of the attractive working conditions that we want to offer our employees. It shows that once again we meet the requirements to be classed as a ‘Top Employer.’ In addition to a wide range of education and training options and an advanced system of performance recognition, our multi-faceted offering includes attractive national and international development opportunities within the global Group.” Kathrin Gilly, Director HR Switzerland and Austria.

“With our team of over 250 scientists, engineers, technicians, and process specialists at Schachen near Lucerne in Switzerland, we are part of the global MSD research and development network. For example, from here we developed in recent years a biological immuno-oncology therapy which is now used worldwide for patients with various serious forms of cancer. Development is continuing and we need equally highly qualified and well-motivated employees for the manufacture, analysis and packaging of these new medications, as well as for many other activities at our site. The ‘Top Employer’ award helps us to make our attractive opportunities more widely known.” Peter Hofstetter, Site Head Werthenstein GmbH.

A total of 16 companies were certified in Switzerland in 2017. The “Top Employer Europe” label also underlines the strong performance of MSD in comparison with other European employers.

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