Millennium Pharmaceuticals
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Millennium Pharmaceuticals – Why Work For Us?


At Takeda, healthy matters. With Takeda’s 230 year history behind us, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, now known globally as Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Co., brings the very best of the oncology bench side to bedsides around the world.

Our Cambridge, MA, site is located in the heart of the Massachusetts scientific community. Our campus is known for collaboration and innovation, continuing to build a robust pipeline of compounds, driving our robust late-stage oncology programs, and bringing more life-changing novel and targeted therapies to patients around the world. This includes the locally sourced and designed market-leading oncology product for multiple myeloma, which continues our legacy of pioneering science.

Within our Cambridge community, we value and nurture our employee’s development and provide a wide range of learning and improvement opportunities. We are highly engaged in our longstanding corporate responsibility program and are encouraged to participate frequently in on-site events supporting STEM, local community programs, and patient-centric events.

Become part of our Takeda community in Cambridge, MA and bring better health and brighter futures to patients worldwide.

Our History

Over two centuries ago, a small medicine shop was opened in Doshomachi, Osaka, Japan to provide medicines to local merchants and doctors. This was the beginning of the present-day Takeda family of pharmaceutical companies. Many generations later, in 1998, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. (TPUSA) was introduced.

Takeda Development Center Americas (TDC Americas) was established in 2004 and its 600 employees are responsible for Takeda's clinical research and development in the U.S. and for supporting clinical and product development activity for TPUSA. With a robust pipeline of compounds in development for the central nervous system, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, respiratory and immunology, oncology and general medicine, Takeda rapidly brings innovative products to market to improve patient health and enhance the practice of medicine.

Our Vision and Values


Our vision is to provide better health and a brighter future for people worldwide. With countless people in desperate need of new healthcare solutions, we pursue our vision with a sense of urgency.

Our corporate philosophy, called “Takeda-ism,” unites us with a common set of values requiring us to act with integrity at all times. We maintain the highest ethical standards, fairness and honesty in conducting everyday activities.

We see employees as our greatest asset. Driven by passion to learn and contribute more, we embrace new challenges with confidence and open minds. Each of us is empowered to act swiftly, using our diverse skills and ideas to develop fresh solutions.

We are determined to lead the change for Better Health and a Brighter Future.


  We Help People Live Better Lives.

By now, you may have investigated career opportunities with a number of organizations. Many of them have told you exactly what they think you want to hear – that it's all about you. At Takeda, you're likely to hear the word "we" more often than "you." We value professional growth, and work collaboratively to develop your unique path. (Read about our focus on diversity and inclusion.) We embrace new challenges together, with confidence and open minds. Our commitment to improving lives will help us create better health and a brighter future for people around the world. If you're a self-motivated individual who thrives in an innovative, team-first environment, we need you. View open positions at Takeda via

Takeda continues to rank among the best places to work locally and nationally based on our supportive benefits and programs. Our recent awards include:

  • 100 Best Companies (Working Mother)
  • Top Employer (Science)
  • National 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For
  • Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For
  • Top Workplaces (Chicago Tribune)
  • Work-Life Seal of Distinction (Alliance for Work-Life Progress)
  • Healthiest Company in America (Interactive Health)
  • Silver Cradle Award (Silver Cradle Foundation)
  • Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)

Many of these awards reply on employee input, validating that Takeda provides the support our employees value most.

Takeda is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the intent of the Company to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant's age, color, disability, genetic information, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected category.


Engaging our Community

We undertake a wide range of philanthropic programs that benefit our communities including supporting employee-driven philanthropy.

Employee-Driven Philanthropy

  Takeda encourages employee giving through support for various programs including:  

           •     Matching Gifts Program: Takeda will match each employee’s contribution of up to
               $5,000 every year.     
           •     Individual Volunteer Awards: Takeda provides grants to the organizations at which  
               our employees volunteer.

 Together, Takeda and its employees donated more than $1.8 million to community organizations 
 this past fiscal year.

Employee Volunteerism

Our employees are the most important component behind our commitment to the community. Takeda employees at all levels contribute countless volunteer hours each year; serving on boards, acting as mentors, and participating in community activities. We commend their exceptional community service efforts, which include:

         •   Rebuilding Together Day 
              Since 2003, Takeda has partnered with Rebuilding Together to revitalize communities
              by donating dollars and hours to repair and renovate homes in the Chicagoland area. In
              2012, more than 40 employees volunteered during National Rebuilding Day.

         •   Takeda Cares Day 
              This year, more than 600 employees participated in the third annual employee and
              community event to raise $63,700 to benefit three Chicagoland non-profit

  Holiday Giving Activities 
  Each year, we provide employees an opportunity to support various charity organizations during
  the holiday months. Programs for the 2012 season included a virtual food drive with the Northern
  Illinois Food Bank, providing gifts for families through the Salvation Army Angel Tree program,
  and donating teddy bears for children in local hospitals through the Starlight Midwest Foundation.
  Volunteer Match Website For Employees 
  We partner with a service that helps match employees with local volunteer opportunities  
  that fit their interests and schedules.
  Community Service 
  Days to Serve:   Takeda employees receive two days of paid time off (PTO) each year to use   for   volunteer activities of their choice. 

Department Initiatives: Several departments engage in team building activities which include charitable giving opportunities or community service events.



Takeda’s corporate philosophy, called “Takeda-ism,” centers on integrity. We include all employees in our mission to deliver industry-leading solutions with a sense of urgency and dedication.

Employee surveys validate that our programs and policies demonstrate respect for all individuals. Current programs include:

  • Diversity-based recruiting initiatives and partnerships
  • Cross-cultural awareness training
  • Flexible employee policies and programs
  • Healthcare Business Women’s (HBA) mentor program
  • Performance-based recognition
  • Community outreach programs
  • Supplier diversity programs
  • Cross-functional Diversity Council and task force 

Learn more about our patient assistance programs
Learn more about our community-based programs
Learn more about our employee-based programs
Learn more about our supplier diversity program

Takeda recently established a Diversity Council to validate and promote our inclusion programs. This rotating Council of volunteer members also initiates new programs to support all employees.

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    Amazingly patient-centric focus. Leader in onco TA and sincere desire to cure cancerous diseases is the under-lying philosophy of this organization.


    Many staff and mgt resentful of Takeda. This is exhibited by no shows for business critical meetings, arrogant attitudes, sabatoging behaviors - way too many egos!!!!

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    If leaders at all levels are not on board with new Corporate Management and they aren't coachable. Release them. Continuing to employ unhappy employees creates a toxic environment that will not be improved by keeping the toxic entity in place.

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    I applied online – interviewed at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in July 2014.

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    Interviewed by 2 staff members and human resources. Human Resources ran the show rather than the people in the group who I would have been working for. Strange I thought.

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Millennium Pharmaceuticals Awards & Accolades

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100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2012
Top Places to Work Globe 100, Boston Globe, 2008
Top Places to Work Globe 100, Boston Globe, 2011
Science Magazine Top Employer, Science, 2011
Best Places to Work, Boston Business Journal, 2011
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Additional Info

Headquarters Cambridge, MA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1993
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Celgene, Genentech

Millennium Pharmaceuticals wants to be "the" drug company for the new millennium. The company, which operates as Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, is a subsidiary of Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical. Its cancer drug Velcade is approved as a treatment for multiple myeloma (a blood cancer) and mantle cell lymphoma (or MCL, an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma). Millennium has more than a dozen other candidates in the pipeline, most of them cancer-related. Its oncology-focused sales force, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, markets the drug, with Millennium... More

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