SOURCE: The Scientist

May 01, 2007 08:00 ET

2007 Results Announced: Best Places to Work in Industry

The Scientist Announced Today the Results of Its 5th Annual Best Places to Work in Industry Survey

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 1, 2007 -- The Scientist, magazine of the life sciences, announced today the winners of its 5th annual Best Places to Work in Industry survey. This year's survey yielded responses from representatives of 248 life sciences companies worldwide. Tec Laboratories in Albany, Oregon, took the top spot for the third consecutive year. Rounding out the top five ranked organizations are Novartis, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass.; TransForm Pharmaceuticals in Lexington, Mass.; Inspire Pharmaceuticals in Durham, NC; and Biogen Idec, also of Cambridge, Mass.

"This year's results again indicate that strong leadership and a sense of personal satisfaction are essential ingredients for a healthy work environment," says The Scientist's editor and publisher Richard Gallagher. "We're pleased to be able to provide the results of this survey to our readers for a fifth consecutive year."

Respondents were asked to assess their working environment according to 45 criteria in eight different categories, including the efficacy of internal communications, quality of the research environment, and opportunities for training and development. Employees at both large and small companies reported that the single most important factor is the feeling of personal satisfaction derived from the job; the most important category of factors was quality of management. The Scientist's May issue, available in print and online May 1st, features detailed survey results and rankings of the top 15 large (more than 4,000 employees) and 15 small (4,000 employees or less) institutions.

Top 15 Large Companies:

1.  Novartis, Cambridge, MA
2.  Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA
3.  Merck & Co., Whitehouse Station, NJ
4.  Sandoz, Holzkirchen, Germany
5.  Wyeth, Madison, NJ
6.  AstraZeneca, London, UK
7.  Pfizer, New York, NY
8.  Sanofi Aventis, Paris, France
9.  GlaxoSmithKline, London, UK
10. Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
11. Bristol-Myers Squibb, New York, NY
12. Pioneer Hi-Bred, Johnston, IA
13. Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL
14. Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, IN
15. Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA
Top 15 Small Companies:
1.  Tec Laboratories, Albany, OR
2.  TransForm Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, MA
3.  Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Durham, NC
4.  Biogen Idec, Cambridge, MA
5.  Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA
6.  Otsuka Maryland Medicinal Laboratories, Rockville, MD
7.  Amylin Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, CA
8.  Targacept, Winston-Salem, NC
9.  Lundbeck Research USA, Paramus, NJ
10. QIAGEN, Venlo, The Netherlands
11. Hexal, Holzkirchen, Germany
12. Exelixis, San Francisco, CA
13. Asterand, Detroit, MI
14. H. Lundbeck, Copenhagen, Denmark
15. Lexicon Genetics, The Woodlands, TX
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