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The 20 Best Pharmaceuticals Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (September 2020)

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 September 1, 2020. 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:

"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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2. 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 (4.0 stars).

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3. 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 company …"

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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 t…"

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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:

"It is excellent. Opportunities are plentiful and it is a respectful work environment. It would be nice to see a woman again at the global executive leadership level. "

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6. 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 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 (3.8 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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8. Syneos Health

3.5 stars

Syneos Health is a pharmaceuticals company headquartered in the Morrisville, NC area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.6 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.2 stars).

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9. 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:

"Extremely female friendly overall, large portion of the workforce is female. Exec/C level Leadership still weighted heavily toward men. "

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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 experience, knowledge and growth opportunities, great products and management personnel"

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11. PPD

3.4 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 sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and management opportunities (3.9 stars).

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

"Great company for women; a few improvements could be made but they are not aimed at any specific sex, gender, etc."

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12. Zoetis

3.4 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 (4.3 stars) and paid time off (3.9 stars).

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

"Fantastic company to work for! Requires hard work, but that's easy to do when the company shows such appreciation. It's a wonderful partnership!"

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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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 gre…"

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16. Bayer

3.2 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 flexible work hours (3.6 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 fac…"

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17. Bristol-Myers Squibb

3.2 stars

Bristol-Myers Squibb 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 (4.0 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.8 stars).

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18. 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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19. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy

3.2 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 (3.9 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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20. Allergan

3.2 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 paid time off (3.8 stars).

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

"It really depends on your manager and the site you work. I've visited other sites and the culture is totally different (some more positive and some more negative)."

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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 September 1, 2020.

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