AbbVie, the global biopharmaceutical company, has been named as
Ireland’s No.1 large workplace. The award was presented at the
18th annual Great Place to Work Best Workplaces in
Ireland ceremony in Dublin last week.
AbbVie has been listed among the Best Large Workplaces in Ireland
for the seventh successive year and placed in the top three companies
for the past five years, including previously securing the top
position in 2018. It remains the highest placed company in the
biopharmaceutical/pharmaceutical industry across all categories.
The Great Place to Work Institute, which organises the annual
awards, also recognised AbbVie as one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces for
Women for the second year in a row.
AbbVie employs more than 700 people at five manufacturing and
commercial sites across Ireland. Workers located at the company’s
manufacturing sites in Sligo and Cork participated in the Great Place
to Work evaluation process alongside colleagues based in Dublin.
The Great Place to Work Institute assesses the policies and
practices in place in organisations under nine key areas, including
employee development, hiring practices, recognition and communication.
It then benchmarks these against other organisations in each country.
AbbVie’s ranking reflects a continued company focus on
talent-development, equality diversity & inclusion (ED&I),
health and well-being initiatives. It also reflects efforts to provide
employees with meaningful opportunities to engage with their local
communities through science education and volunteering projects.
AbbVie’s Country HR Director, Samantha Commons said: “Being
ranked as one of Ireland’s best workplaces seven years in a row is a
significant achievement for the company and reflects a long-running
commitment to create and maintain a high-performing company culture.
It demonstrates the ambition, drive and passion of our employees
across Ireland to make an impact on patients’ lives around the world.”
She added that is was rewarding to see efforts to create a vibrant
company culture validated by external recognition. “The No.1 ranking
and Best Workplace for Women award are clear endorsements of the
fantastic work of our people in bringing AbbVie’s unique company
culture to life” Ms Commons said.
The Institute publishes three different lists: The Best Large
Workplaces in Ireland (>301 employees), the Best Medium Workplaces
in Ireland (101 to 300 employees), and The Best Small Workplaces in
Ireland (20 to 100 employees).
Companies are ranked in order on each of these lists primarily based
on the confidential input from employees. Each workplace's score comes
from the results of the ‘Trust Index’ employee survey and a thorough
company-wide ‘Culture Audit’ assessment of the company’s policies and practices.
Partner at Great Place to Work Ireland, Cathal Divily
highlighted the efforts of all participating companies:
“Reaching the criteria to appear on the list of Best Workplaces in
Ireland is a massive achievement, and has provided a great platform
for these organisations to differentiate themselves both externally
and internally as employers of choice. While attractive benefit
packages will go some way towards employee satisfaction, the companies
on this year’s list have realised that their unique and distinctive
cultures are what will mark them out in a crowded market.”