Benefits

To us a good job is not just about money. In addition to competitive compensation and bonuses acknowledging outstanding work, we also offer a wide range of benefits to everyone working at our company.

Our employees make us who we are

At Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, our employees make us who we are. We strive to be an innovative company that goes above and beyond to attract the brightest and boldest talent we need to reach our business goals. Above all, we care about the health and well-being of our employees and their loved ones.

When you choose an employer, we know you will consider your full Total Rewards picture—not just how much money you’ll make or what your job responsibilities will be. That’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits program that goes far beyond the basics—and offers something for everyone across any life stage and personal situation. Whether it’s growing your family, caring for loved ones, building your future, or handling a major life change, we’re here to help you live your best life.

Your journey is unique, and we pride ourselves on offering the most generous, highest quality benefit programs among our peers to support that journey. Our benefits offering encompasses four pillars of holistic well-being to include: health and wellness; saving and financial; voluntary benefits; and work/life support. As curious minds, we care, pioneer, and outperform to advance human progress for our customers and patients. See below how our benefits can do the same for you.

  • Health & Wellness

    We offer comprehensive medical, dental, & vision coverage-including virtual care through Telehealth & free behavioral health counseling sessions through our Employee Assistance Program.

    We also offer a wellness incentive program and personalized support to help you navigate and use your benefits.

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  • Saving & Financial

    Our 401(k) Plan includes a generous company-matching contribution and an additional discretionary contribution each year.

    We also provide tax-advantaged accounts for you to save for healthcare, commuting expenses, company-provided and buy-up life insurance to help you protect your financial future.

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  • Voluntary Benefits

    Our voluntary benefits provide additional protection from the high costs of healthcare not covered by health insurance.

    We also have discount programs that offer exclusive savings on everything from auto, home, and pet insurance to low-interest personal loans. 

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  • Work/Life Support

    We have several programs to support your work/life balance, including generous paid time off, back-up day care services, education assistance, and more. 

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Health & Wellness

  • Medical: Choices of medical plan to fit your needs that include two PPO and one high deductible health plan with competitive premiums are offered. All medical plans include prescription coverage with comprehensive access to a wide variety of medications. All oncology, Multiple Sclerosis drugs and fertility drugs manufactured by the company are available at no cost to covered participants under the PPO plan and at no cost to covered participants in the high deductible health plan after you meet your deductible.
  • Virtual Primary Care: All medical plans provide you and any covered dependents access to Well Connection, a convenient telehealth service. Additionally, Firefly Health and Carbon Health offer virtual primary care, urgent care and mental health care with FREE visits when you have coverage under the medical plans (deductible will apply to high deductible health plan first).
  • Dental and Vision: Two dental plan choices both include orthodontia coverage (for adults and children) along with full vision coverage available.
  • Wellness Program: We have a wellness incentive program which provides an annual cash benefit and access to a full library of classes, webinars, and other wellness activities.
  • Fitness and Weight Loss Reimbursement: You can earn money for keeping healthy habits if you are enrolled in one of the three medical plan options.
  • Personalized Health & Benefits Support: You and your covered family members each have access to hands-on, personalized support to navigate your health and well-being benefits. This benefit will give you access to a health assistant who can help you choose the benefits that best meet your needs, add dependents to your plan, change your coverage, find in-network providers and so much more.
  • Employee Assistance Program: We offer a free, confidential counseling and referral service to employees and family members. Live professional counselors are available 24/7 and include a highly qualified network of professionals.

Savings & Financial:

We offer various financial plans to help protect your financial future.401(k)

  • Savings and Investment plan: Our 401(k) Plan provides a generous company-matching contribution and an additional discretionary contribution each year.  
  • Life and Accident Insurance: The company automatically provides basic life insurance    at no cost. Employees have the option to purchase additional life insurance for themselves plus coverage for dependents including  spouse, domestic partner, and children.
  • Tax Advantaged Accounts: We offer different types of tax advantaged savings accounts to help pay for commuting costs, eligible healthcare and dependent expenses, and in some cases save money as well with a Health Savings Account (HSA) which include company contributions.  
  • Disability Coverage: The company provides short-term disability due to illness or injury up to certain periods of time. Beyond that, long-term disability may be available, and employees are automatically enrolled and may choose to buy-up for higher coverage. 
  • Personal Loan Program: Access to low-cost, short-term loans to help when you need it. Quick and easy application process and payroll deduction repayment option while employed.   

Voluntary Benefits:

Our voluntary benefits provide additional protection from the high costs of healthcare not covered by health insurance.

  • Whole Life Insurance, Hospital Indemnity, Critical Illness, and Group Accident Insurance: Choose from all or any of these supplementary benefits for additional coverage for you and your family.
  • Group Legal Services Plan: Access to a national network of experienced attorneys to assist with common legal matters.
  • Auto and Home Insurance: Receive special employee savings with convenient payment options, including automatic payroll deductions. Shop auto insurance quotes and bundle auto and home for more savings.
  • Pet Insurance: For many people, pets are family members too. We offer the ability to customize coverage for dogs and cats with robust annual benefit amount options.
  • Purchasing Program: Choose from a wide range of items, including computers and electronics, home appliances, furniture, tires, fitness gear, and more. You receive your item right away and pay for it over the next six months or year through automatic payroll deductions.
  • Identity Protection: Provides comprehensive monitoring to protect your identity and alert you at the first sign of fraud.

Work/Life Support:

We have several programs to support your work/life balance while you determine your key priorities.

  • Adoption/Surrogacy Assistance Program: This program will reimburse eligible expenses up to a certain amount for adoption of a child. Surrogacy services are eligible as well.
  • Backup and Discount Day Care: We offer a variety of day care benefits you need when taking care of a child or adult family member .
  • Education Assistance: Continue your professional growth and develop your skills to support your current or future job within the company. In addition to generous tuition discounts through many nationwide partnerships.
  • Employee Referral Program: Our employees are our best recruiters and an excellent source for talent. Depending on the role, employees can receive a bonus, after an applicant is hired by the company.
  • Holidays: Generally, 8-12 Paid holidays are offered each year for you to take time off to celebrate, travel, or even recharge .
  • Inclusive Benefit Support and Offerings: We believe a diverse workforce- paired with an inclusive company culture - strengthens our innovative power and contributes significantly to our success. We offer a variety of benefits to help support you and your loved ones such as gender affirming services, fertility coverage, adoption and surrogacy support, and fertility and menopause education.
  • Vacation and Time Off: Competitive vacation and personal time off is offered based on length of service with the company.
  • Additional Time Off: Life happens, and we you might need a break to take care of things. We offer generous paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, bereavement leave, and personal leave to help you manage different events in your life.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: We recognize the importance of volunteering and the impact it has on communities along with financial contributions to worthwhile organizations. We offer corporate volunteer events and paid time off for charitable volunteer projects. Additionally, we donate $1 for every dollar contributed by eligible employees to approved nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status up to an approved amount annually.

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*This website is an overview of company benefits. To be eligible for some of the benefits described, you must be enrolled in a company medical plan, unless stated otherwise. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate. If, however, there is a discrepancy between the website and the plan documents, summary plan descriptions (SPDs), or Summaries of Benefits and Coverage (SBCs), the applicable plan document, SPD, or SBC shall govern. Some of the benefits described have applicable premiums and are charged to employees upon enrollment and are subject to change based on enrollment years and plans.