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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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Shire Pharmaceuticals Interviews

Updated Mar 23, 2015
Updated Mar 23, 2015

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Shire Pharmaceuticals in February 2015.

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    There was an initial phone interview which was okay in my opinion. The recruiter asked the basic questions, going over my past professional experiences on my resume and why I left my previous jobs. Asked questions like: Describe your position at xyz; How many years experience do you have with budgets; and salary expectations. She was going to talk with the hiring manager and call me back but heard nothing further.

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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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