MSD once again receives the Top Employer Award

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17.01.2023 08:00 Europe/Zurich

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Lucerne, January 17, 2023. The independent Top Employers Institute has awarded MSD Switzerland (Merck, Sharp & Dohme AG), a leading global biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Lucerne and Zurich, the Top Employer Switzerland designation for the 11th consecutive year. The Top Employers Institute is the global leader in certifying outstanding employee conditions and annually certifies companies that put their employees first and offer an attractive working environment. Decisive for certification as a Top Employer is participation in a rigorous audit process – the Top Employers Institute’s international HR best practices survey – and meeting the required standards.

Decisive subject areas for election as Top Employer 2023

MSD Switzerland earned the Top Employer 2023 certification because its employee offerings exceeded required thresholds in all evaluated criteria.

MSD Switzerland is particularly proud of the results in the areas of ethics, integrity and employee development (which takes into account performance, career opportunities, training and development), as well as the continued strong results in the area of Unity, where the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion were honored by the jury.

As was the case last year, the 2023 ratings in the areas of employee engagement (which takes into account employee well-being), as well as recognition and reward, were above average. Another top performer in the MSD Switzerland assessment were the areas of: Attracting Talent, Work Environment, and Digital Working.

Receiving the Top Employer award

On January 17, 2023, representatives from MSD Switzerland will receive the official award at a virtual ceremony hosted by the Top Employers Institute. David Plink, CEO of the Top Employers Institute, emphasizes:Exceptional times bring out the best in people and organizations. And we have witnessed this in our Top Employers Certification Program this year: exceptional performance from the certified Top Employers 2023. These employers have always shown that they care for the development and well-being of their people. By doing so, they collectively enrich the world of work. We are proud to announce and celebrate this year’s group of leading people-oriented employers: the Top Employers 2023.” 

Employee benefits

Since 2020, all new parents, within the first twelve months of the birth or adoption of a child, regardless of gender, receive 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave. This is one of the most generous and inclusive provisions in all of Switzerland, where only two weeks of parental leave is required by law. In the same year, MSD introduced a new arrangement that gives employees and managers full flexibility over the amount and frequency of remote work. MSD is also investing heavily in digitalization in the workplace, presenting itself as an even more agile company with a stronger focus on growth and training and development.

Diversity and inclusion

MSD actively promotes diversity and inclusion, for example with various internal networks such as the Womenʼs Network, the Next Generation Network, the LGBTQI Network and the Network for Employees of African Origin. Furthermore, MSD intends to initiate additional networks.

The aforementioned initiatives are important milestones on the way to an ever better offering for all MSD employees in Switzerland. They demonstrate MSD’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and well-being. More importantly, they represent the company’s values and its belief in how to achieve the best balance between private life, family and career.

About Top Employer

The Top Employers Institute is the global leader in certifying outstanding employee conditions. The Institute enriches the world of work by developing effective employee strategies. The certification program enables participating companies to be certified and recognized as an employer of choice. Founded over 25 years ago, the Top Employers Institute has certified over 1ʼ600 companies in 119 countries and regions. These certified companies positively impact the lives of over 6.9 million employees worldwide. Decisive factors for the Top Employer Award are above-average ratings in the areas of human resources management, compensation and social security, career opportunities, working conditions, training and development, and corporate culture. Only companies with above-average performance in all these areas are awarded the Top Employer seal of approval.

Further information

Top Employers Institute

MSD (Merck Sharp & Dohme AG) Switzerland

About MSD Merck, Sharp & Dohme

At MSD Merck, Sharp & Dohme, known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA in the United States and Canada, we are unified around our purpose: We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. For more than 130 years, we have brought hope to humanity through the development of important medicines and vaccines. We aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world – and today, we are at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions that advance the prevention and treatment of diseases in people and animals. We foster a diverse and inclusive global workforce and operate responsibly every day to enable a safe, sustainable and healthy future for all people and communities. For more information, visit and connect with us on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

MSD Merck, Sharp & Dohme in Switzerland

In Switzerland, MSD Merck, Sharp & Dohme employs around 1,000 people at five sites in the cantons of Lucerne and Zurich. At our site in Zurich, in “The Circle”, we operate the newly opened global innovation and development hub. Our main therapeutic areas are oncology, infectious diseases, immunology, and diabetes. We also operate a broad portfolio of vaccines for the prevention of diseases in children, adolescents, and adults. Switzerland is part of MSD’s global clinical research program with more than 30 clinical trials annually. At our site in Schachen, we manufacture drugs for global clinical trials and operate a forensic laboratory. MSD also takes local responsibility for the community and has been involved in the “Trendtage Gesundheit Luzern” and the Alliance Health competence. In 2022, MSD received the “Top Employer Switzerland” award for the tenth time in a row.

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Jean-Blaise Defago (Policy & Communications Director) | Tel. 058 618 30 30

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