At Merck & Co., Inc, 79 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1175 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.34. It was published on Sep 12, 2017. 8574 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.

What They Do

We asked Merck & Co., Inc to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Merck is a global Healthcare company that focuses on innovation and scientific excellence to deliver vaccines, medicines, and animal health products that can help millions around the world.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
US Headquarters: Kenilworth, New Jersey, 07033 US Sites: 61
Major Locations: West Point, Pennsylvania, 19486; Upper Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, 19454; Rahway, New Jersey, 07065; South San Francisco, California, 94080; Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02141 US Employees: 23,058
US Revenues: $18,478 million Worldwide Revenues: $39,807 million
Employees Worldwide: 69,000 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: MRK Founded: 1891

Inventing For Life

Perks and Programs

We asked Merck & Co., Inc to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • MSD Fellowship for Global Health: The MSD Fellowship for Global Health is a three-month, field-based corporate pro bono program that aims to: •Strengthen the capacity and reach of nonprofit organizations with technical and human capital support •Provide rich professional development experiences for our employees •Apply key learning across our broader organization The program connects employees with nonprofit organizations to utilize their business acumen in building organizational capacity, helping the institutions to provide increased access to health services, products and education in the communities they serve. The Fellows bring back experiences integral to our company’s ability to deliver innovative health solutions to patients and customers around the world. From its inception in 2012 through 2016, 130 RTC Fellows from 22 countries worked for 33 nonprofit organizations.
  • Merck’s 10 Employee Business Resources Groups (EBRGs: Merck EBRGs drive a diverse leadership pipeline, support members by affording them development opportunities, mentoring opportunities, and cultivate talent to prepare them for leadership roles. The EBRGs represent Women, African Ancestry/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American/Native Indigenous, Interfaith, LGBT, Differently Able, Veteran employees, and Millennial employees. As a member of one of Merck’s EBRGs, employees have an opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking initiative to join D.R.I.V.E.N. - an exclusive and secure collaborative community designed to Drive Real Business Insights via Employee Networks. As a member of the DRIVEN community, they are able to provide their thoughts as a parent, caregiver, patient, or member of a diverse community on key business issues.
  • Multicultural Training: Merck invests in diversity-related training for employees. Employees have access to diversity and inclusion programs, conferences, other activities, and professional development resources to ensure their and the company’s ongoing success. Employees may participate in a variety of training & developmental programs such as Women’s Leadership, Microinequities, Unconscious Bias, Women in STEMM, as well as multicultural training through our partnerships and employee business resource groups.
  • Merck Gives Back: The Merck Gives Back program consists of three pillars: Volunteer, Contribute, Connect. Our Global Volunteerism Policy provides employees with the opportunity to take up to 40 hours of paid time off annually to engage in volunteer activities that support eligible nonprofit organizations. The Contribute pillar provides employees with two options: (a) a dollar-for-dollar matching gift program and (b) a “Dollars for Doers” volunteer rewards program which provides contributions to eligible organization based on employee volunteer hours performed. Through volunteering and contributing, employees Connect to eligible nonprofit organizations in their local communities. In 2015, 14% of employees globally volunteered a total of 80.6K hours. Global employee and Merck-matched contributions totaled $21M.
  • Employee Wellbeing: Employee wellbeing at Merck goes beyond physical health. Through LIVE IT, employees and their families have access to an integrated and holistic wellbeing platform. LIVE IT incorporates physical, emotional and financial health along with safety through a full suite of resources that are available to employees and their family members. Some examples of our LIVE IT resources that are free to employees include: Interactive health tools, including a personal health assessment and health coaching; Resources for Living, an EAP and Worklife Services program that provides in-the-moment support, professional counselling, Worklife services and crisis support; Comprehensive financial planning through Ernst & Young; and Workplace safety addressed through facility design, process controls, operation and maintenance procedures, protection systems, emergency response capabilities and training.  
  • Workplace EnABLEment Program: Our U.S. Workplace EnABLEment program ensures that employees with apparent and nonapparent disabilities are able to be accommodated, where feasible, to enable them to work to their full potential. This is the first enterprise-wide, customized disability inclusion strategy that addresses the entire spectrum of the employee experience with a strategic road map that includes recruiting, retention & advancement, Just- in-Time manager training toolbox and employee education program, communications support, community outreach, supply-chain engagement, strategic alliance support and a measurement system to track results. We value the opinions and thought leadership of key influencers and national advocacy groups within the diverse communities we serve. Key external partnerships with the differently abled community include •Careers on Students with Disabilities (COSD) •Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
  • Merck for Mothers: Merck for Mothers is our 10-year, $500 million initiative that applies our scientific and business expertise and financial resources, to help end preventable maternal mortality. We are catalyzing transformative solutions to strengthen sustainable health systems by improving access to quality maternal health care. We have 50+ projects in 30+ countries with major programs based in India, Senegal, Uganda, the U.S., and Zambia. Our goal is to test innovative models that expand women’s access to affordable, quality care, with the potential to be scaled and sustained. We also collaborate with MSD offices around the world to support projects responding to local maternal health needs. These grant-based programs train health providers in maternal care services, link pregnant women to care, and raise awareness of safe motherhood.
  • Mectizan Donation Program: Merck’s MECTIZAN Donation Program (MDP) is the longest-running disease-specific drug donation program and public-private partnership of its kind. Established in 1987 to provide medical, technical, and administrative oversight of MECTIZAN® donation for the treatment of onchocerciasis (“river blindness”), MDP’s mandate expanded in 1998 to include oversight of albendazole (GlaxoSmithKline) donation for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (LF, “elephantiasis”) in onchocerciasis co-endemic areas. Onchocerciasis is transmitted through the bite of black flies and can cause intense itching, disfiguring dermatitis, eye lesions, and blindness. LF is spread by mosquitoes and can cause irreversible swelling of the limbs, breasts, and genitals. Since program inception, Merck has donated >2.5 billion doses of MECTIZAN®, and several countries in Latin America and Africa have achieved WHO verification of river blindness eradication.
  • US Patient Assistance Programs: Believing that no one should go without the medicines or vaccines they need, Merck participates in two US-based medicine access programs. 1. The US Patient Assistance Program provides our medicines and adult vaccines for free to people who do not have coverage and who, without our assistance, could not afford these medicines and vaccines. Since its inception, we have provided >35.6 million free prescriptions and vaccines (total wholesale acquisition cost of >$4.1 billion). 2. Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together pharmaceutical companies, doctors, patient advocacy organizations, and civic groups to help low-income, uninsured patients get free or nearly free brand-name medicines. This is done through a single website that provides information for and access to 475+ public and private programs, and has helped millions of Americans.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Our company’s Environmental Sustainability Program is based on our belief that a healthy planet is essential to human health and the sustainability of our business. We have set environmental improvement goals related to climate change, water and waste and report on our progress annually. We have an Energy Capital Fund of $10 million per year that enables our transition to the use of more energy-efficient technology. Over the past several years, we have invested nearly $100 million to enhance our wastewater treatment capabilities and reduce water use at our manufacturing facilities. Our scientists continuously strive to reduce the environmental impacts of our new products and packaging through the use of green chemistry, life cycle assessments, and other innovative design principles.


75% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 6% of salary84% Company-paid health coverage for employees
81% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 80% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
1 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $4,674 Average Tuition Reimbursement
$5,250 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement $300 Student loan debt repayment


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
  • Restricted stock units
Reliable On-Time Delivery of Medicines to Patients


15 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 15 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 15 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment
15 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (83% use it)
  • Telecommute option (40% use it)
  • Job sharing (1% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (3% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Medical facilities (at some locations)
  • Onsite Amenities (Massage therapy, Discount ticket sales, Weight Watchers meetings, Fitness center/classes/walking trails, Vehicle maintenance, Dry cleaning, Banking/onsite ATM, Subsidized public transportation, College Coach, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Program, Employee Assistance Program, Financial Planning, Health care professional on site)


160 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
130 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)30 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
$25,000 Adoption benefit130 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
30 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

40 hours Paid time off to volunteer $910,600,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
$13,000,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year Director, Environmental Sustainability Center of Excellence Leads environmental impact team
Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit Yes Renewable energy program
Yes Recycling program


  • Vice President, HR Global Support Functions and Global Diversity & Inclusion is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees
  • 12 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Our Research Scientists Inventing


Ensuring Quality of our Medicines and Vaccines

How to Get Hired

We asked Merck & Co., Inc for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Merck's hiring process includes an introduction to Merck's mission and vision beginning with our external website (  Using behaviorally-based techniques, interviews provide additional opportunities to discuss Merck's expectations regarding collaboration, delivering on commitments, ethical behavior.  A prospective employee who is highly collaborative, passionate for the job they’re applying for, solid communication skills (not just the ability to express ideas but the ability to listen to others effectively), and adaptable (able to adapt to new situations and grow with the business) will be a great fit for Merck.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Prospective talent can provide strong examples of leadership, customer focus, innovation, cross-functional collaborations and delivered business results.  People managers can stand out by having a legacy of developing people and diverse teams.  You can also leave a positive impression by researching Merck to know about our products and pipeline as well as the individuals with whom you will interview.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We seek diverse, career entry point, experienced and executive level talent in the R&D, Commercial and Manufacturing areas of Oncology, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Neuroscience, Vaccines and Animal Health. Some specific focus to include Biologics, Biology, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Trial Operations, Quality, Sales and Marketing, Outcomes Research/Statistics and Medical Affairs.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

We encourage prospective talent to engage with us on social media by connecting with our corporate social channels: Merck Invents on Facebook and @Merck on Twitter, and follow Merck Careers on Twitter and Instagram (via @MerckImInspired), Facebook (via @merckcareers) and LinkedIn (via @merck).  The best place to find out more about Merck and our employment offerings is to go to  Candidates can gather insights into our talent programs, diversity commitment, business areas and explore what’s possible at Merck.  Our “Apply Now” section provides the entry point for searching and applying to available job opportunities and all visitors are welcome to join our talent community in order to stay abreast of opportunities and career-related events.  

hiring Outlook

5,736 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 1% Job Growth
18 Average applicants per opening 81,278 Total job applicants
29% New hires by employee referrals 51% Openings filled by current employees
235 Recent graduates hired 5% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
5% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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