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  • Shire Pharmaceuticals update
    7 days ago

    More than 1,400 employees worldwide are joining together in for our first Global Day of Service on 10/2. Employees from our principal locations in the U.S. and Europe, as well as 15 other global locations, will take part in over 50 volunteer activities all with a focus on children—their lives, their hopes, their possibilities. Read more:

    Shire Employees Embrace First Global Day of Service

    Shire Employees Embrace First Global Day of Service EMBARGOED UNTIL 3:00 PM OCTOBER 1, 2015 Lexington, Mass.-October 2, 2015 - More than 1,400 global Shire plc employees are joining together in their respective communities for the Company's first Global Day of Service in aid of dozens of charities and non-profit groups.

  • Shire Pharmaceuticals update
    8 days ago

    Armagen is a key partner in finding potential therapies in the neurodegenerative space for Shire and patients with lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs). Learn more in the video

    Innovation Series: Armagen

    Armagen has a new technology platform that may deliver large proteins across the blood brain barrier. Shire has been an early investor and now partner in exploring this technology in its potential future application to lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs).


Shire Pharmaceuticals – Why Work For Us?

New ideas, new innovations, new ways of thinking are fueling our future. At Shire, we ground everything we do in our purpose of enabling people with life altering conditions to lead better lives.

Honesty and transparency are inherent in all that we do as we work with a high sense of urgency to become a leading global biotech delivering innovative therapies to patients with rare diseases and other specialty conditions. 

We are committed to attract, develop and retain top talent who take a responsible and ethical approach to all that we do and who want to make a difference in the lives of patients across the globe.

At Shire, we foster an environment that values innovation and creative thinking. This means going where others won’t go, with a willingness to try something different. Embracing change is a true hallmark of our history and culture, as we acquire and develop new strategic assets, evolve and transform our infrastructure, and attract and develop top talent for the future

We trust each other to make progress together, leveraging a true sense of urgency and a spirited determination to expand our global footprint. We encourage each other to take measured risks and collaborate in new and innovative ways.

The employees of Shire are passionate about patient outcomes. Most important of all, we get up each day with a belief in what we do.  We thrive on the challenge of enabling people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives.

Shire is experiencing phenomenal growth as a specialty biopharmaceutical company. We have a strong track record of regulatory approvals, successful global product launches, and a robust pipeline of new drugs in various phases of development. It is our goal to further expand our global footprint and to continue to attract, develop, and retain top talent. Shire is moving opportunistically forward and you can come along.

Collaboration, experimentation, and a shared belief in our work is why Shire has seen such successful results. Not only are we pioneering new treatments for conditions like ADHD and ulcerative colitis, we’re creating innovative therapies for orphan diseases that affect small and otherwise overlooked populations.

Each day, the people of Shire go to work with an attitude of determination driven by the needs of the patients and specialists we serve. We speak out, make decisions, and stand by them, knowing that if we are not brave, nothing extraordinary will happen.

Positive change is the hallmark of our culture. That’s why we challenge each other to break away from typical pharma expectations. Everyone at Shire has the opportunity to make a real impact… and you can too. 

Shire recognizes the importance of being able to provide our employees and their families with quality benefits as a part of their overall compensation package. Therefore, Shire has developed a comprehensive benefits package that delivers quality and value while satisfying the needs of our workforce.

All full-time employees regularly scheduled to work at least 30 hours per week are eligible for benefits on their date of hire. Covered participants include the employee, spouse or domestic partner, and unmarried children to age 19 or age 25 if a full-time student.

As a valued Shire employee you will enjoy:

  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Supplemental employee and dependent life insurance
  • Disability benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Employee assistance program
  • Healthy lifestyle reimbursement
  • Educational assistance
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Employee referral incentives
  • 401(k)
  • Adoption assistance
  • and more!

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    Current Employee - Downstream Engineer in Lexington, MA
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    I have been working at Shire Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)


    Shire has a great culture to work in. While there are always new projects and challenges, coworkers are always willing to work with you and answer questions.


    As with many companies, change is frequent. Reorganization or possibility of being acquired is something to think about.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes re-org rumors are worse than what is really going to happen. Better to let us know later that there is going to be a re-org when more information is available.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Shire Pharmaceuticals (Lewiston, ME).


    First a phone screening. Then an in person with Regional director. maybe a second with RD if your experience is on the light side then an interview with the Zone Director. Standard questions like, tell me about a time you were faced with/had to/found yourself........

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    • Tell me about a time when you were faced with an obstacle to your goal and what did you do   1 Answer


    It was my first pharma job, I didn't even know I could negotiate

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Additional Info

Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1986
Type Company - Public (SHPG)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year

Our growth strategy is to focus on developing and marketing innovative specialty medicines for symptomatic conditions to meet significant unmet patient needs. Our two strategic priorities are to drive optimum performance of our existing products, enabling access to these medicines for patients today; and building our pipeline through research and development (R&D) and ... More

Mission: There’s a simple purpose that sits at the heart of our business: to enable people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives. This means we focus on developing treatments for conditions where the impact of our medicines can make an immediate and tangible difference for patients.

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