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Shire Overview
Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (SHPG)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
At Shire, our purpose of enabling people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives is at the center of everything we do. We're continuously looking for opportunities to strengthen our leadership as a global biotech organization developing ... Read more

Mission: To realize our aspiration to become a leading global biotech, our efforts are concentrated on four key strategic drivers: growth, innovation, efficiency, and people. Our priorities are to drive optimal performance of our existing products, increase patient access to these ... Read more

Shire – Why Work For Us?

New ideas, new innovations, new ways of thinking are fueling our future. At Shire, we ground everything we do in our purpose of enabling people with life altering conditions to lead better lives.

Honesty and transparency are inherent in all that we do as we work with a high sense of urgency to become a leading global biotech delivering innovative therapies to patients with rare diseases and other specialty conditions. 

We are committed to attract, develop and retain top talent who take a responsible and ethical approach to all that we do and who want to make a difference in the lives of patients across the globe.

At Shire, we foster an 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

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.

The employees of Shire are passionate about patient outcomes. Most important of all, we get up each day with a belief in what we do.  We thrive on the challenge of enabling people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives.

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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    Benefits (401k in particular) are hard to beat. Large product pipeline, great colleagues, and pleanty of learning opportunities makes it a fun company to work for. A leader in the field of rare diseases with a good connection with patient groups and patient focus.


    Recent merger with Baxalta created confusion, and the redesigned organization and process of filling new roles resulted in loss of key leaders and employees, slowed the pace of work, and created more narrow roles and functional silos.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Shire.


    It was an in depth interview, met with a few people to discuss the job,from start to finish the hiring process seemed to be smooth. They gave me a very complete description of the job, benefits, responsibilities, and requirements of day to day work.

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    • They wanted to know why I wanted to work at Shire   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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