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AbbVie Overview

North Chicago, IL
10000+ employees
Company - Public (ABBV)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$10+ billion (USD) per year
AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies ... Read more

Mission: The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world’s most complex and serious diseases.

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Highest Rated CEOs: 2017 (#62)

Company Updates

  • We're honored to again be named to Diversity Inc's 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. Diversity and inclusion are foundational to the AbbVie culture and drive innovation that can make a remarkable impact for patients. Review the #DITop50 list.

    —30+ days ago
    The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity

    This list is comprised of companies whose data indicates have the potential to make The DiversityInc Top 50.

  • How do we help our employees perform their best at work – and at home – so they’re up for the challenge of making a real difference, no matter where they are? Read what Tim Richmond, our Senior VP of Human Resources, says.

    —8 days ago
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AbbVie – Why Work For Us?


At AbbVie, we have the expertise of a proven pharmaceutical leader and the focus and passion of an entrepreneur and innovator. The result is something rare in health care today – a global biopharmaceutical company that has the ability to discover and advance innovative therapies and meet the health needs of people and societies around the globe.

undefinedCommitted to Patient-Centered Innovation

When it comes to innovating, AbbVie starts with the patient. We draw on our deep expertise in some of the most difficult-to-treat diseases and on our understanding of the patient journey to identify opportunities to create better outcomes at every stage. This patient-centered approach to discovery and development ensures we remain focused on our goal of improving lives.


People today live longer, healthier lives, but along with a longer life expectancy comes a higher prevalence of chronic disease. We take a broad perspective on improving healthcare and are committed to new thinking and approaches; we strive to find new solutions that will enable healthcare systems to bring medical innovation to more patients cost effectively.


We are 28,000 people focused on developing new products and new ways to help people manage some of the most serious health conditions. We are scientists, researchers, communicators, manufacturing specialists, and regulatory experts. We also are parents, brothers, sisters, friends, community leaders, volunteers, and more. We have a lot in common with the people we serve, and we come together every day to create, discover, and deliver new ways to improve people's health.


AbbVie began as the pharmaceutical leader, Abbott, which was founded in 1888 by Chicago physician, Dr. Wallace Abbott. Since then, Abbott has evolved to become a global healthcare leader, delivering innovative pharmaceutical, nutritional, diagnostic, and medical products to people in more than 150 countries.


On January 1, 2013, AbbVie was founded, a global biopharmaceutical company with the focus and capabilities to address some of the world's greatest health challenges. AbbVie has the stability, resources, expertise, and passion to discover, develop, and bring to market groundbreaking science to solve the biggest health problems that face the world today and tomorrow.


We are focused on developing leading-edge therapies and innovations.


We have the commitment, expertise, and capabilities to provide life-changing products to patients who need them most.

Making a Difference

AbbVie combines deep understanding of patient needs and disease states to deliver treatments that have an impact on peoples' lives.

  • A diverse product portfolio, including several market-leading medicines.

  • A focused business and investment model designed to address unmet patient needs.

  • Proven commercial capabilities, infrastructure, and expertise rooted in a 125-year history as an innovative leader in advancing healthcare.

  • 28,000 dedicated employees who are committed to addressing the world's greatest health challenges.

We believe the world needs new approaches to addressing today’s health issues – from life-threatening illness to chronic conditions. And we believe we are just the people for the job. We are AbbVie, 28,000 strong. We are scientists, researchers, communicators, manufacturing specialists, regulatory experts, marketing professionals and more. We also are parents, brothers, sisters, friends, community leaders and volunteers. We have a lot in common with the people we serve, and we come together every day to create, discover and deliver new ways to improve people's health. 

Each of our employees brings their own unique ideas, approaches and life experiences to AbbVie. This type of diversity creates an eclectic workplace. Our people have the freedom to challenge ideas, take risks and create novel solutions to better meet patient needs. Discoveries are possible at AbbVie because of the environment we've designed – one that fosters creativity and rewards innovation.

Join us and see firsthand how we are following The AbbVie Way together.



Leading-edge science. We set our sights on pioneering solutions that advance healthcare.


Customer-focused outcomes and world-class execution. We strive to achieve results for those we serve by setting our own high standards.


Making a difference in people’s lives. We share deep passion for our work and caring for the people we help.


A proud 125-year heritage. We are here for the long term – building on our strong, enduring heritage and continuing to invest in the future to address health needs where they are greatest. 

We are a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company that combines the focus and passion of leading-edge biotech with the expertise and results of a long-established pharmaceutical leader. Our people have diverse expertise and perspectives, but share a single passion: to develop and market advanced therapies and solutions to address some of the world’s most complex and serious diseases. 

When you join the AbbVie family, we do everything we can to help you succeed, starting on day one. Our comprehensive on-boarding process allows employees to work closely with their managers to design a personalized plan that will help them achieve their goals.



Helping employees reach their potential is part of who we are. This is our commitment and promise to everyone who works at AbbVie. Whether we're helping employees gain further education through tuition assistance or providing them professional development, many opportunities exist. We're proud of the library of programs available to our people, and we are always reviewing these programs and adding new, relevant pieces to the mix. In addition, we have regular review discussions in which we outline development opportunities, and help our people understand their growth paths and what it takes to achieve success.

Regardless of area of expertise, we offer a number of different career paths to help each employee achieve success. We look for candidates who are motivated and who thrive in an environment where all people and ideas are respected, valued and supported. Most of all, we look for people who share our passion for improving the health and lives of patients.


On an annual basis, our employees have open career discussions with their managers to set a personalized path to broaden their skills and experiences. This is done through three steps:

Setting Expectations
Creating meaningful goals that align to the business strategy.

Receiving continuous feedback on your performance.

Growth & Development
Collaborating and acting on a personalized development plan that supports your growth needs.


We offer classroom and e-learning courses to help develop your skills and grow professionally. Plus, our employee networks provide focus on career development, mentoring, informal networking and unique opportunities to gain experience and develop leadership skills. But the real training happens on a daily basis. At AbbVie, our jobs offer meaningful work that stretches your capabilities and allow you to have a real impact on our business.

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    This company spin-off company out of Abbott is on the up and up. Every year that I worked there is was just a better company year after year. By this I mean both financially and the development of the companies culture. I worked there for 3 years and 7 months. Company has pension plan and all of the other perks you would expect.


    Company could benefit a bit more by listening from the bottom-up. The company is fairly new but has the privilege of a world of experience.

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AbbVie Photos

AbbVie photo of: AbbVie fosters a culture that is inclusive. When the stakes are as high as a patient’s well-being, the best ideas must rise to the top, no matter where they begin.
AbbVie photo of: To work at AbbVie is to engage in something more than a job. It is to come to work every day with a purpose that leads to better lives for people.
AbbVie photo of: AbbVie invests ~$3B in research and development annually to develop new medicines and improve patient health.
AbbVie photo of: More than 5,000 employees work in science globally with a focus on the 450 million patients living with conditions our pipeline aims to treat.
AbbVie photo of: AbbVie consistently ranks among the Top 10 biotech and pharmaceutical employers by Science Magazine.
AbbVie photo of: AbbVie's total reward programs are competitive with other high-performing companies that recognize and reward individual performance.
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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at AbbVie (Chicago, IL).


    Was flown in the night before. It was a half day interview starting at 8 and wrapping up at 12:30. The team was EXTREMELY friendly. I started talking to them and knew I would have loved working with them. They were extremely insightful and intelligent, and at the same time, kind and easy to talk to. At the end of the day, it felt like a stimulating discussion on my field rather than an interview process.

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AbbVie Awards & Accolades

  • Top 50 Companies for Diversity, DiversityInc, 2016
  • Working Mother 100 Best Companies, Working Mother Magazine, 2016
  • Corporate Equality Index Perfect Score, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2016
  • Forbes 2016 America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2016
  • Best Places to Work LGBT 2016, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, 2016
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