Merck KGaA Named as a Top Employer by Science Magazine

Merck ranked No. 6 among 575 biotech and pharma employers

07-Oct-2009 - Germany

Merck KGaA announced that Science magazine has named it one of the world’s leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical employers. Merck’s ranking improved to No. 6 this year, up from No. 7 in 2008 and No. 17 in 2007.

“This is a great honor because the survey by Science sought opinions from people within the scientific community, people who actually know the biotech and pharmaceutical industries very well,” said Dr. Bernhard Kirschbaum, Executive Vice President, Merck Serono Research & Development. “This is a compliment to the dedication, skills and hard work of our employees. It’s also a statement to the rest of the scientific community that Merck is an employer that offers a great working environment, the chance for professional development and an opportunity to help mankind.”

Merck’s ranking was based on total responses for the Merck Group, with headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, as well as its prescription pharmaceuticals division Merck Serono based in Geneva, Switzerland, and its U.S. subsidiary EMD Serono in Rockland, MA.

Science’s 2009 Top Employers Survey queried 2,334 people. Participants came from North America (73%), Europe (15%) and the Pacific Rim (8%). Respondents were asked to write in the names of companies they considered best, average and worst employers. They then rated these companies on 23 different attributes. Attribute categories included Corporate Image, Financial Prowess, Leadership and Direction, Work Culture/Environment, Location, and Academic and Intellectual Challenge.

Merck won special recognition for having loyal employees, being socially responsible and doing important, quality research.

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