Life at MSD

Through curiosity, inventiveness and a passion for excellence, we lead our people to discover what's possible.

We come from many backgrounds and do different things, but we all strive to deliver on the same promise: finding new ways to create a healthier future.

Our Approach

"We try never to forget that medicine is for the people. It is not for the profits… We cannot rest until the way has been found with our help to bring our finest achievements to everyone.” George W. Merck 1950.

Whether we're discovering, developing, designing, marketing or supporting, our work is ultimately aimed towards preserving and improving human life.

Diversity & Inclusion

"At MSD we believe there is a strength in differences." Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman and CEO, MSD.

We have a long-standing commitment not only to creating an organisation that is more diverse, but to simultaneously creating a culture that is inclusive and socially responsible. By mentoring and developing colleagues and partnering in recruiting and retention strategies, we ensure that we develop a diverse and capable workforce, contributing to making us a more innovative and agile company, and better attuned to the needs of our customers, healthcare providers and patients who ultimately use our products. We support external partnerships in both professional and academic settings to ensure a diverse mix of capable talent.


Ethics & Integrity

We aspire to be open and transparent about how we operate in order to earn and retain the trust and confidence of our stakeholders. The foundation of our strategy is our unwavering commitment to our values of ethics and integrity. It takes more than having the right mechanisms, standards and training in place to ensure an open, ethical business environment. We work hard to make sure we live up to our own high standards every day.


At MSD we are 'Inventing for Life'. This is built through the incredible people we employ, the valued partners we embrace, and ultimately the patients whose lives we positively impact by helping to make them healthier and happier. Our success is built upon our highly motivated and passionate people, and our culture and direction as a company is fully supported by our leaders.

At MSD, we have two goals: we are not only focused on business performance, but also on employee satisfaction, which to us means that every employee has the ability to contribute to their full potential. Our focus is on developing individual competencies and building a productive work environment. MSD has been officially certified by the Top Employer Institute and been awarded the exclusive Top Employer United Kingdom Certification for the third year running.

Professional Development

Career development is integral to who we are, and our people are continually learning. We provide the environment to help our employees shape their careers and reach their full potential. We put you in charge of your career at MSD by making professional development an employee-owned process, fully supported by our leaders, mentors and coaches.

Development opportunities could include on-the-job options, such as stretch assignments, career progression assignments, mentoring, shadowing, rotations and leadership programmes. We also offer extensive, globally accessible training and development resources.

Work/Life Balance

Our people, are our greatest asset – whether they're creating medicines to address the world's most urgent health challenges, developing technology-based healthcare solutions, or ensuring a steady supply of essential vaccines, they all embrace the spirit of invention... relentlessly seeking innovative, novel and intelligent ways to help ensure healthier, happier lives for patients across the UK.

Everyone has commitments outside of work and we understand that these are important. That's why we have a number of policies in place, both locally and globally, to help support flexible work arrangements that can allow our people to strike a greater balance between work life and home life.

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