This month's "Viewpoint" column is attributed to the nearly 1200 industry participants who responded to our annual employment
survey (see full coverage on "Is Job Security Throwing You Off Balance?"). Since 1988, the survey has provided a comprehensive
look into the workforce of one of the world's largest industries: pharmaceuticals.
Best companies to work for
The questionnaire provided participants an opportunity to nominate their employer as one of the industry's "Best Companies
to Work For." More than 250 employers were nominated by at least one employee. Nominations were evaluated according to employee
benefits, employee attitudes toward their jobs, opportunity for professional advancement and raises, scientific challenge
and problem-solving opportunities, communication among coworkers, and management's understanding of and communication to
personnel of the company's goals .
Based on these criteria, the best pharmaceutical employers are:
(North Chicago, IL). Abbott provides job satisfaction through valuable benefits and flexible work hours.
(Madison, WI). Covance employees report good opportunities for scientific challenges, a positive work environment, and the
firm's appreciation of diversity.
(Cambridge, MA). Employees report high precentage of job security thanks to company growth and expanding research.
(Indianapolis, IN). Eli Lilly actively recruits new graduates through student experience programs. The company's community
responsibility program is highly regarded. Congratulations to these companies!
Survey participants were also asked to disclose what they like most and least about their jobs. Some common and unique responses
are noted in the following sections.
Best aspects of jobs
"Challenging, demanding, and always new content."
"Ability to mentor young technicians."
"Being in contact with peers around the world."
"Opportunity to meet high-level scientists."
"The products we make really do change people's lives."
"My boss is 2500 miles away."
"Opportunity to deal with many different formulation challenges."
"Being on the forefront of technology."
"Spirit of enthusiasm."
"Variety. You will not do the same thing year after year."
"Being recognized as an expert."
"I control my pace and am able to stick to my eight hours a day."
"I get to see the entire industry as I conduct pharmaceutical inspections around the world."