Our culture and values
We share one vision and one mission: to save and improve lives.
It all comes back to inventing for life
We are all inventors here, no matter the role or title. We rise to any challenge in pursuit of better health outcomes.
Everything we do, in and out of the laboratory, is based on our deep appreciation for life. That’s the reason we come together across the business with one goal – to invent for life.
We walk the talk
If you want to learn about our culture, start with our inventors.
Nurse and volunteer Brenda lends medical expertise to Houston Food Bank during COVID-19
In response to the pandemic, Merck has changed its volunteer policy to support employees like Brenda with nursing and other medical backgrounds. Recognizing the need for additional health care professionals, including doctors, nurses and medical laboratory technicians, to assist in regions where COVID-19 is spreading, on March 21 the company deployed a new program to […]Read more
Meet Chifumi Umeda: a rock music enthusiast from Japan who helps others crank up their confidence, in good times and bad
She’s a diehard fan of rock music, enjoys high-rope walking with her kids and has trekked the snow-covered mountains – all while leading one of our company’s largest businesses.Read more
Battling COVID-19 as a volunteer EMT
One of our colleagues finds a way to help directly combat the COVID-19 pandemic as a volunteer EMT.Read more
“Pride and honor”: Meet the Army microbiologist and Merck employee fighting COVID-19
Kurtis Oakley, associate director, regulatory affairs, was in the car with his wife when he got a call in March from the military asking if he wanted to take on “the opportunity of a lifetime”: joining the White House coronavirus task force. “I didn’t even ask how long it was or where it was,” he […]Read more
“In our quest to invent medicines and vaccines that save and improve lives, the core of who we are is embodied in our values and standards. They are fundamental to our success – now and into the future”
Executive chairman of the board
Code of conduct & compliance
We represent many cultures but are united in our drive to deliver breakthrough medicines with honesty and integrity.