Shire Pharmaceuticals
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    We are proud to be named on the list of Global 100's Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Learn more at #Global100

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    Lexington, MA and Zug, Switzerland - January 21, 2015 - Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) announces that it has for the first time placed in the Global 100 Sustainability Index. Shire was ranked 62nd in the index, which is being revealed during the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

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    27 days ago

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Shire Pharmaceuticals – Why Work For Us?

We have a clear and strong patient-focused culture where we all strive to be BRAVE:

Bold: We have the courage to lead the way
Resilient: We are agile and adaptable to meet the changing needs of our stakeholders
Accountable: We deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders
Visionary: We fearlessly innovate to address unmet patient need
Ethical: We do the right thing, in the right way

We believe that there’s a better future for the people we help. And for us that means being brave enough to do things differently.

Being at Shire means exploring the road less traveled, alongside other individuals who aspire to be brave in the way that they approach their work and serve our patients.

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.

At Shire, we are fostering a work 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.

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

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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    Fast growing pharma in a growing space


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Shire Pharmaceuticals Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Shire Pharmaceuticals.

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    Quick process, 2 skype interviews, called to arrange travel for final interview at corporate office, during interim week received new hire paperwork to fill out, drug test info sent and completed by me at lab, called by "training" to discuss fleet car, computer, ipad, cell, training process - flew to corporate, all day interview with over-the-top positive feedback from all interviewers - 10 days later had heard nothing......... checked my SPAM folder to find an "Automated Manager" email with one line: "Thank you for sharing your background with us, but we've decided to keep your information on file for future possible matches".... WHAT??? Wow. An upper 6-figure job gets a SPAM email and not even the courtesy of a call to explain anything... I just thought it was pretty unprofessional... otherwise, I really liked the company, the people, the products, but MAN, they need to work on their professional hiring process... That was a very ugly ending, when it didn't have to be... Oh well, NEXT!

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Additional Info

Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1986
Type Company - Public (SHPG)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

We are one of the world’s leading specialty biopharmaceutical companies—but, more importantly, we make a difference to people with life-altering conditions, enabling them to
lead better lives. We have a patient-focused culture which comes to life through our
employees, who together form one Shire.

We value and invest in our employees to ensure they have the capabilities... More

Mission: There’s a simple purpose that sits at the heart of our business: to transform the lives of patients with specialist conditions.

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