Top Employer Switzerland: MSD among the top five

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26.08.2019 08:00 Europe/Zurich

Lucerne, 26th August 2019 – For the first time, MSD ranks within the top five as certified “Top Employer Switzerland” with above average performance for “Career & Succession Management” as well as “Leadership Development”. This confirms the high standards of attractive working conditions for MSD employees.

MSD is among the top five performers for the first time among a total of 26 companies in Switzerland certified in 2019, reaching over 90 percent of the possible total score. The survey results show key strengths for MSD in Switzerland within the categories “Career & Succession Management” as well as “Leadership Development” while identifying potential for improvement around “Employer Branding and Employee Value Proposition”. In addition, the “Top Employer Europe” recognition underlines the strong performance of MSD in comparison with other European employers.

An inclusive culture where diversity is enhanced

“We are really proud to have made it into the top five highest scoring companies of the Top Employer Award. This confirms our high standards of attractive working conditions for MSD employees. We continuously invest in programs across the company to create an inclusive culture where diversity is enhanced and celebrated. We have now made it easy to recognize and reward a job well done and have initiated programs around well-being and healthy habits for our own people.

Being an international company with many different functions represented in Switzerland, we can offer a broad range of local and international career development opportunities. For “Employer Branding and Employee Value Proposition”, according to the Top Employer analysis a category in which MSD can still improve, we are currently working on a comprehensive program, which we will implement in the coming years.” underlines Judeke Frederiks, HR Director Switzerland.

MSD has been evaluated and certified as Top Employer since 2013, being awarded in 2019 as “Top Employer Switzerland” for the seventh time in succession.

About Top Employer:

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 around six months. In addition, data evaluated are audited by Grant Thornton. Crucial factors for gaining the Top Employer Award include above-average 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.

About MSD in Switzerland:

1000 employees are working in national and international functions in Switzerland. The Human Medicine division is active in the areas of prescription drugs and biopharmaceuticals for therapies including oncology, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases (including fungal infections, antibiotic resistance, HIV/Aids, and hepatitis C), immunology, women’s health as well as in the area of vaccines for children, young people, and adults.
In Switzerland, MSD develops and analyses new biotechnological active ingredients, tests new drugs, conducts stability studies, coordinates and supplies test drugs for worldwide clinical trials during the development phases. MSD also plays an active role in engaging locally, supporting the health congress “Trendtage Gesundheit Luzern” and the popular “Swiss City Marathon Lucerne”. In 2019, the company was certified as a “Top Employer Switzerland” for the seventh year in succession, as well as a “Top Employer Europe” for the fourth time.

About MSD worldwide:

MSD is a registered trademark of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA. MSD is a leading global biopharmaceutical company which has been engaged in life science research for more than a century, developing drugs and vaccines for the most challenging diseases worldwide, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s, and infectious diseases, such as HIV and Ebola.

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Contact Top Employer Institute:
Joachim Kempf
Global Account Manager
Tel. +49 211 936 537 19

Press contact MSD Switzerland: | Tel. +41 (0) 58 618 30 30

Jean-Blaise Defago (Policy & Communications Director)
Liliane Elspass (Communications Lead)

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