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Pharma companies ‘among happiest places to work’

Published on 08/12/15 at 09:19am
Amgen scientist
Amgen was ranked the 'happiest' pharma company to work for in America

Five pharmaceutical companies have placed in a top 50 of the happiest companies in America listing, based on reviews by employees, with two leading drugmakers making the top three. 

Amgen, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, MSD and Pfizer all ranked in online career community CareerBliss’ sixth annual 50 Happiest Companies in America awards list. The survey is compiled using thousands of independent company reviews submitted to the CareerBliss site by employees between 2014 and 2015. 

The survey takes into account eight weighted factors relating to a happy working environment, including: work-life balance, an employee’s relationship with his or her boss and colleagues, the office environment, job resources, compensation, opportunities for professional development, and company culture. 

Amgen and Novartis came second and third on the list respectively, while Johnson & Johnson placed 14th. Also in the top 50 from the pharma industry were MSD, at 29th, and Pfizer at 33rd. 

The number one ‘happiest’ company according to the research was the health insurance provider UnitedHealthcare, which offers an average employee salary of $67,856 – calculated from CareerBliss’ job listings from the company.

Amgen and Novartis came second and third, respectively and both topped United for employee salary. California-based Amgen offers average wages of $74,808, while third-placed Novartis pays an average of $183,182. 

Amgen climbed seven places from the 2014 listings and Novartis retained third place. Other companies in the top 10 companies in all sectors were: Nokia, Total Quality Logistics, Texas Instruments, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Chevron, Adobe Systems and Anthem – another health insurer. Google meanwhile, fell 12 places from sixth to 18th, with an average wage of $47,598. The list’s highest climber was Paypal, which rose from 49th last year to 13th in 2015. 

As well as salary, among employees’ chief concerns in rating their companies were that they received support to further and develop their careers, that they had positive relationships with managers and that they felt part of a strong company culture. 

Joel Levy

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