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The 20 Best Pharmaceuticals Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (December 2019)

Looking for a new job in pharmaceuticals? Check our list of the most female-friendly employers in the industry, as rated by the women who work there.

InHerSight's list of the best pharmaceuticals companies for women is based on millions of anonymous employer ratings and reviews from working women. Pharmaceuticals companies on this list have been rated by 10 or more participants as of December 2, 2019. Rate your company ›

The 20 best pharmaceuticals companies to work for

1. GlaxoSmithKline

3.9 stars

GlaxoSmithKline is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Abilene, TX area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.4 stars) and the people you work with (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for GlaxoSmithKline:

"In the time I have been here, I have had strong female managers at the VP level in the company. I have strongly felt that there is equal opportunity for advancement and assignm..."

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2. Eli Lilly

3.6 stars

Eli Lilly is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Indianapolis, IN area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.4 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Eli Lilly:

"While I loved working for Lilly, after having left, I recognized how too heavy it is with men. My leadership team had 3 women of 15. My current leadership team at another compan..."

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3. AstraZeneca

3.6 stars

AstraZeneca is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the London, United Kingdom area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.3 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.1 stars).

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4. Astellas Pharma US

3.6 stars

Astellas Pharma US is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Northbrook, IL area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.4 stars) and paid time off (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Astellas Pharma US:

"Employees are treated well. Great place to work if you are employed. Contractors are literally 2nd class citizens. Badges are a different color, you are charged more for food in..."

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5. Novo Nordisk

3.6 stars

Novo Nordisk is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Akron, OH area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.0 stars) and salary satisfaction (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Novo Nordisk:

"Novo has great benefits, especially for working parents. The only downside is that the leadership lacks female representation."

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6. Lash Group

3.6 stars

Lash Group is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Monroeville, PA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Lash Group:

"Lash is a fantastic company to work for with plenty of room for growth and advancement."

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7. AbbVie

3.5 stars

AbbVie is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the North Chicago, IL area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (3.9 stars) and paid time off (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for AbbVie:

"Love the people here!"

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8. Quintiles

3.5 stars

Quintiles is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Durham, NC area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for ability to telecommute (3.9 stars) and flexible work hours (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Quintiles:

"Great company, great benefits. However, I left because I was not being promoted or being compensated for the amount of work I was doing. Every month I had greater responsibiliti..."

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9. Zoetis

3.5 stars

Zoetis is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Florham Park, NJ area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and paid time off (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Zoetis:

"Great company to work for. I'm a breastfeeding mom of a 4 month old and I have a 2 year old. My boss is awesome and very understanding so is upper management. I feel valued and ..."

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10. Pfizer, Inc.

3.4 stars

Pfizer, Inc. is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.1 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Pfizer, Inc.:

"Great company to work for!!"

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11. GSK

3.3 stars

GSK is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Philadelphia area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for salary satisfaction (4.0 stars) and paid time off (3.8 stars).

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12. Bayer

3.3 stars

Bayer is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Akron, OH area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.1 stars) and the people you work with (3.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Bayer:

"I would recommend working at Bayer (Radiology, formerly Medrad). Great group of people who strive to continuously improve, and who do what it takes to get the job done in the f..."

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13. Novartis

3.2 stars

Novartis is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the East Hanover, NJ area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.0 stars) and family growth support (3.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Novartis:

"I have never heard disparaging remarks about people due to their gender. Promotions are merit based and of course based on who you know, but have nothing to do with gender. Both..."

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14. Merck

3.2 stars

Merck is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Kenilworth, NJ area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.1 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Merck:

"It had a family atmosphere. They provided opportunities to learn computer skills. Had great employee support. Kept the employees engaged in the community with activities. Gave g..."

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15. inVentiv Health

3.2 stars

inVentiv Health is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Burlington, MA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (3.9 stars) and paid time off (3.8 stars).

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16. Parexel

3.2 stars

Parexel is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Waltham, MA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for ability to telecommute (3.9 stars) and paid time off (3.8 stars).

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17. Boehringer Ingelheim

3.2 stars

Boehringer Ingelheim is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the 82864 area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.2 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.7 stars).

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18. Allergan

3.1 stars

Allergan is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Parsippany, NJ area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.8 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Allergan:

"This is the first big company I’ve ever worked for that actually cares about their employees. Reasonable quotas and expectations plus tons of perks!"

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19. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy

3.1 stars

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Buffalo Grove, IL area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (3.9 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy:

"Diplomat is heavily populated by female employees and the care for the employees is outstanding. The upper management is very balanced and focuses on wellness and work-life bal..."

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20. Sanofi

3.0 stars

Sanofi is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Paris, TX area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.4 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.6 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Sanofi:

"It's an honor to be employed at such a respectable scientific institution with such highly regarded colleagues."

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Companies with ratings and reviews from at least 10 current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of December 2, 2019.

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