Merck’s roots go back to a drug store in Darmstadt, Germany, owned by Friedrich Jacob Merck in 1668, and it was in 1891 that George Merck set up Merck & Co in the United States. Over the years, the company has developed and gone through a series of changes, all the while trying to remain true to its health-improving goal, despite a number of controversies (such as the much-publicized Vioxx recall) that may suggest otherwise. However, when a company is pioneering R&D in healthcare, addressing ever-evolving diseases, a margin for error exists, and Merck’s prompt and decisive response to problems has been a reflection of the high standards it upholds.
Listed on the New York Stock Exchange (MRK), Merck states on its website that ethics and transparency are cornerstones of their corporate reputation. Moreover, Merck remains dedicated to devoting time and resources in meeting the most critical health needs of consumers. Merck has earned a number of awards as an employer that ranks the needs of its employees high on its priority scale, ensuring job satisfaction, productivity and loyalty – qualities not often found in the modern workplace.