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The 20 Best Pharmaceuticals Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (February 2021)

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 10 or more submissions as of February 1, 2021. Rate your company ›

The 20 best pharmaceuticals companies to work for

1. Teva Pharmaceuticals

4.0 stars

Teva Pharmaceuticals is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the North Wales, PA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and support for diversity (5.0 stars).

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2. 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 salary satisfaction (4.1 stars) and paid time off (4.4 stars).

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

"This is the best place I have ever worked, NO CONTEST. Management is absolutely wonderful and could not be more understanding and accommodating. Sick kid? Take the day off. Or …"

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3. Novo Nordisk

3.8 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 flexible work hours (3.8 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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4. Astellas Pharma US

3.8 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 family growth support (4.0 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.4 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 t…"

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5. Eli Lilly

3.8 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 wellness initiatives (4.2 stars).

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6. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy

3.7 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 sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and support for diversity (5.0 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 balan…"

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7. Lash Group

3.6 stars

Lash Group is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Fort Mill, SC area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and management opportunities (4.2 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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8. PPD

3.6 stars

PPD is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Austin, TX area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for management opportunities (3.9 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.8 stars).

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

"While being a Clinical Data Manager is a demanding job and the hours are long, I feel that PPD was a great place for women to work. There was equal representation of both male an…"

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9. AbbVie

3.6 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 support for diversity (4.5 stars) and paid time off (3.9 stars).

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

"I love working for AbbVie. I have many strong female role models to look up to in management. They just rolled out an incredible family leave policy. I get unlimited sick time to…"

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10. Quintiles

3.6 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 wellness initiatives (3.8 stars).

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

"The second I started at Quintiles I knew I'd stay for a long time. All of my managers are female, most of the leadership are strong independent and brilliant women who have shown …"

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11. Syneos Health

3.6 stars

Syneos Health is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Morrisville, NC area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for support for diversity (5.0 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Syneos Health:

"Although I've worked for Syneos Health as a contractor, I've noticed that it is an excellent place to work. There are lots of women in management positions."

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12. AstraZeneca

3.5 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 (4.0 stars).

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13. Allergan

3.5 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 maternity and adoptive leave (3.8 stars) and the people you work with (3.7 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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14. inVentiv Health

3.4 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 paid time off (3.8 stars) and female representation in leadership (3.8 stars).

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15. Parexel

3.4 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 the people you work with (3.5 stars) and ability to telecommute (3.9 stars).

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16. Sanofi Pasteur

3.4 stars

Sanofi Pasteur is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Lyon 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).

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

"While working in a naturally male dominated department I have only been shown the upmost respect. Everyone is friendly, willing to help and open to listening to your concerns. The…"

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17. Merck

3.4 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 gre…"

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18. Boehringer Ingelheim

3.3 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 flexible work hours (3.6 stars) and paid time off (4.1 stars).

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19. Pfizer, Inc.

3.3 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 (4.2 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.7 stars).

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

"Pfizer is an outstanding employer for all types of diverse employees, including sex, race, religion and sexual orientation. "

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20. Novartis

3.3 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 (3.9 stars) and family growth support (3.6 stars).

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

"This is not only a good employer for women but it is a great employer in general. Their pay and benefits are exceptional and they really invest in their employees."

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Companies with at least 10 submissions from current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of February 1, 2021.

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