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Astellas Pharma US Overview

Northbrook, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Astellas Pharma US, Inc., is a U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Located in Northbrook, Illinois, the company serves as the headquarters for the Americas and employs nearly 3,000 people. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of ... Read more

Mission: Astellas Pharma US, Inc. upholds the Astellas Group's business philosophy, which has three elements — raison d'être, mission and beliefs. This business philosophy expresses the company’s goal to ... Read more

Astellas Pharma US – Why Work For Us?

Welcome to Astellas

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. And there’s something special about working at Astellas. It’s reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve as a company.

We invite you to learn more about how we are changing tomorrow.

The Astellas Way

Our expertise, science and technology make us a pharma company. Our culture is what makes us Astellas.

Stellar Rewards

Astellas' commitment to changing tomorrow includes operating in a socially responsible way every day, and making Astellas an elite place to work throughout the Americas. We are constantly reviewing our total rewards package to ensure our employees receive valuable and highly competitive benefits and reward opportunities.


Pay For Performance

  • Competitive Pay
  • Performance-Driven Merit and Promotional Increases
  • Performance Bonuses
  • Long-Term Incentives

Financial Benefits

  • Retirement
  • 401(k) Savings with Company Match and Annual Contribution
  • Retiree Medical Coverage
  • Financial Wellness Programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Life and Dependent Life Insurance

Health Benefits

  • Medical/Prescription
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Telemedicine Services
  • Health Advocate
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Short-Term/Long-Term Disability
  • Wellness Program
  • Onsite Corporate Fitness Center in Northbrook

And More

  • Voluntary Legal Services
  • Recognition Programs
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Relocation Programs
  • Matching Gifts Program
  • Executive Benefit Programs (for eligible positions)

Work/Life Balance

Paid Time Off

  • Vacation, Holidays & Sick Time
  • Annual Year-end Closure
  • Volunteer Time Off
  • Parental School Time Off

Paid Leaves

  • Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Bridge Back to Work Program After Maternity/ Paternity
  • Disability Leave
  • Family Care Leave
  • Military Leave

Flexible Work Options

  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Telecommuting
  • Job Sharing

Family Care Solutions

  • Adult & Parental Care
  • Child & Kid Care
  • Military Support
  • Supporting Employees and their family members living with disabilities
  • Employee Assistance Program

Astellas is committed to nurturing a diverse workforce because we know that an employee population with unique skills and different experiences can create better solutions for patients and stakeholders.

Our definition of diversity includes all of the characteristics that make individuals both unique and distinct – whether visible or not. We believe that our expertise, combined with the novel approaches and unique experiences of our employees, brings value to our organization.

We are proud to support seven dynamic employee resource groups (ERGs) focused on empowering employees to establish diverse and inclusive support communities within the organization.

  • African American ERG
  • Asian ERG
  • Hispanic ERG
  • Military ERG
  • People Living with Disabilities ERG
  • Stellar Women’s ERG

Since their inception, the ERGs have been coordinating a variety of events like educational courses on retirement planning for women, town halls featuring prominent guest speakers and numerous development classes focused on helping minority employees navigate distinct challenges they might encounter.

Astellas is Committed to Veterans

At Astellas, we recognize the value of having employees that bring diverse skills and different experiences to the workplace. Nurturing our diverse workforce and ensuring our culture of inclusion enhances our ability to provide solutions to our patients and stakeholders.

We encourage current and former military personnel to explore career opportunities at Astellas.

We are committed to providing support for the recruitment, retention and recognition of Astellas employees with military experience. Aside from our hiring outreach, we honor and support military veterans in several ways:

  • Our Military Employee Resource Group provides support and education to Astellas employees through outreach activities and member services.
  • Our headquarters location in Northbrook, Illinois features a Heroes Garden that honors the sacrifices made by individuals who have served in the military or as emergency first responders, as well as a preferred parking program for U.S. military veterans.


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    Relaxed working environment. Well paid.


    Repetitive work, slow progression to higher levels in management.

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Astellas Pharma US Interviews



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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Newburgh, NY
    Accepted Offer
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    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Astellas Pharma US (Newburgh, NY) in September 2011.


    I had a phone screen with standard compliance questions from a third party service hired by the organization. Then a phone screen with hiring manager and then to an in-person interview with hiring manager followed by an interview with the sales director. The total timeline was three weeks before offer was presented. It was then followed by an extensive background check, which is standard for the industry.

    Interview Questions

    • Utilize the STAR format for answers. How do you overcome objections?
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Astellas Pharma US Awards & Accolades

  • Most Admired Companies in Research Science, Black Engineer & Information Technology, 2010
  • 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago, 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, 2009
  • America's Best Midsize Employers, Forbes, 2018
  • America's Best Midsize Employers, Forbes, 2017
  • Americas Best Midsize Employers, Forbes, 2016
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