Takeda Pharmaceuticals – Why Work For Us?


Takeda Pharmaceuticals is committed to strive toward better health for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Japan's largest pharmaceutical company and one with a 230-year heritage. Takeda's U.S. clinical development activities are conducted via Takeda Development Center Americas, Inc. Today, Takeda is one of the top-15 pharmaceutical companies in America.

Our robust product pipeline is focused on treating serious diseases and disorders, including bone and joint disorders, cardiovascular disease, central nervous system disorders, respiratory and immunology disease, general medicine, oncology and infectious disease.

We are committed to improving health and supporting our employees, partners and the larger community as we build on our tremendous success as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry.

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 www.takedajobs.com

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. 

         •   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 holiday 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
  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
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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.


Takeda California is our Center for Excellence in drug discovery. Here we leverage technical strength in structure-based drug design, biologics, and gene expression analysis to efficiently generate potential new medicines. The Company is located in San Diego, a premiere biotechnology community.

Scientists at Takeda California invented a product in our metabolic therapeutic area that is approved in multiple countries for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. They have also advanced multiple preclinical programs for the treatment of diabetes, obesity, cancer, and various immune and CNS disorders. Our California site also hosts Takeda's proprietary bacTRAP technology, which provides a molecular atlas of gene expression with unprecedented cellular resolution to enable the discovery of new drug targets with selective mechanisms of action.

We strive to nurture employee development by providing a wide range of learning opportunities. Staff members are also highly engaged in community service, frequently organizing events in support of area schools, charitable foundations, and the environment.

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    Focus more on being proactive in the managed care markets, with new creative approaches.

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    3 interviews. Hiring manager, another district manager, regional manager. Pretty standard questions and interview process. Stress putting the patients first over sales. Be enthusiastic about the position and the product portfotlio.

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    History 1781-1944

    Based on the corporate philosophy of "Takeda-ism" (Integrity: Fairness, Honesty and Perseverance) developed over its long corporate history of more than 230 years, Takeda conducts activities according to the corporate mission to "strive towards better health for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine."

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    30+ days ago

    Takeda's responsibility: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIKUl

    CSR in Takeda | RESPONSIBILITY | Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

    Takeda is a research-based global pharmaceutical company. As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry. Takeda is committed to striving toward better health for individuals and progress in medicine by developing superior pharmaceutical products.


Additional Info

Website www.takeda.com
Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Size 5000+ Employees
Type Company - Public (4502)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year

The work of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company started way back in 1781, when its predecessor began selling traditional Japanese and Chinese remedies. These days, Takeda is one of Asia's largest pharmaceutical companies, making branded prescription drugs that it sells all over the world. Top-selling products include blood pressure treatment Blopress, diabetes drug Actos, and ulcer medication Prevacid. The company is also a leading maker of over-the-counter medications, such as cold remedies and vitamins, within its home country. Takeda markets many of its products in the ... More

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