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Shire Overview

Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (SHPG)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
We are a global biotechnology leader serving patients with rare diseases. We strive to develop best-in-class therapies across a core of rare disease areas including hematology, immunology, genetic diseases, neuroscience, and internal medicine with growing therapeutic areas in ... Read more

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  • At Shire, we believe that people with rare diseases, along with their families, need a champion. In the fight against rare disease, every day is Rare Disease Day because developing a medicine is far from the end of the story:

    Shire: Rare Champions

    The opportunity to make breakthrough progress is what motivates us to come to work each day.

  • In a two-day innovative workshop, #TeamShire explored the power of blending of Science & Story with the team at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science!

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Shire – Why Work For Us?

We are the leading biotechnology company focused on rare diseases and highly specialized conditions.

We are the leading biotechnology company focused on rare diseases and highly specialized conditions. We’re also a team with an ambitious goal: to find the answers these patients are seeking. It’s not a job for everyone. But for those rare individuals whose tenacity, flexibility, and grit are unshakable, there’s an opportunity here to do meaningful work of rare promise.  

Shire is about possibilities – for patients and our people. Working here,  you’ll have freedom to explore new frontiers, with the support and  inspiration you need to excel, whatever your career path. 

Discover a place where great people are doing innovative science that  improves lives all over the world. Be a champion for the patient. And  a champion for progress.  

Opportunity to learn. Opportunity to grow your career. But most importantly, opportunity to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world.

With more than 23,000 employees across 100+ countries, our employees are making a difference around the world, all the while advancing their careers and giving back to the communities in which they live and work. If you are passionate about what you do, motivated to deliver results and inspired to make a difference in the world, we invite you to take the next step on your career journey with us.

Our people are our greatest asset — talented, focused and committed. We all believe that where there is a will, there is always a way.

Today’s employees want to be associated with a company that helps them feel good about what they are doing to address society’s issues  and problems.

At Shire, we are building a culture that ensures we all come to work with a common purpose: to transform the treatment of rare diseases. We  know our employees are committed to a better world, and patients feel the benefit of a global team focusing on their conditions. We also know that great teams are made up of outstanding individuals. We work hard to attract and develop the best talent, create a diverse and inclusive workforce, and provide a safe and healthy workplace.

We recognize the importance of being able to provide our employees and their families with quality benefits as a part of their overall total rewards package. Our comprehensive benefits package delivers quality and value while satisfying the needs of our workforce.

The  range of benefit programs may vary by country and location, but generally include:

  • Retirement
  • Risk Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan in many
    of our global locations

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Shire Reviews

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Shire CEO Flemming Ornskov, MD
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    "Interesting work. Good compensation and benefits."

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Lexington, MA
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    I have been working at Shire full-time (More than 8 years)


    Good team spirit and management, at least in my current orbit in Process Development. Good culture; profitable company with interesting and challenging work. Good compensation and benefits. My department management is good and supportive, and we work as one team. Resource planning is actively managed.


    Currently re-organizing internally. Just had major layoff (in Vienna sections) and future events not known. So don't be surprised if departmental re-orgs happen.

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Shire Photos

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Shire photo of: CEO, Flemming Ornskov
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Shire Interviews



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Getting an Interview





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    Average Interview


    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Shire.


    I was interviewing out of state, so my 1st interview was via phone with HR, 2nd was via phone with supervisor, then 3rd was in person with 2-3 people plus the head of the department. Each of these interviews were 30 minutes each

    Interview Questions

    • It was the typical questions, what didn't you like in another position, what did you like? They also asked what I liked to do in my spare time, to help alleviate stress?   1 Answer
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Shire Awards & Accolades

  • #1 Most Reputable Healthcare Company in the U.S., Reputation Institute, 2016
  • Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations List, Corporate Knights, 2016
  • Britain's Most Admired Companies 2015, Management Today, 2016
  • Best Small Workplaces in Ireland, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Top Workplaces -- Large(#6),, 2012
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