AstraZeneca one of the top ten best employers in Switzerland

Baar, 26 May 2021 – AstraZeneca has once again been recognized by Great Place to Work® as one of the best employers in Switzerland. The biopharmaceutical company based in the canton of Zug achieved 4th place in the category "Companies with 50-249 employees" in this year's "Best Employers in Switzerland" awards.

In April 2021, AstraZeneca received this year's "Great Place to Work" certification, thus qualifying for the national "Best WorkplacesTM Switzerland" competition. In the ranking of the best employers in the category "Companies with 50-249 employees", the biopharmaceutical company achieved 4th place. The award stands for special achievements in the development of trusting working relationships and attractive and conducive working conditions for employees. The certificate is based on a survey of around 180 employees at the company's headquarters in Baar in the canton of Zug. The results are consistently positive. For example, 97 percent of employees say: "When you join the organisation, you are made to feel welcome". 94 percent say "I feel I make a difference here." 92 percent of employees agreed with the statement, "Taking everything into account, I would say this is a great place to work."


We are convinced that an inclusive workplace culture makes the difference to a company's success. That's why we strive to create an environment where our employees feel valued and empowered, an environment based on trust. We are very proud that our employees consider AstraZeneca Switzerland to be a great place to work.

Katrien de Vos Country President AstraZeneca Switzerland

Despite difficult circumstances last year, we managed to stay agile, not lose focus and strengthen the sense of unity among ourselves," says Carolin Pelk, HR Director at AstraZeneca Switzerland. "This year's certification is an encouraging sign for us to continue on the path we have chosen.

Carolin Pelk HR Director, AstraZeneca Switzerland

What makes AstraZeneca Switzerland a «Great Place to Work»

  • Trust-based workplace culture where our employees feel valued and empowered
  • Diversity: 59% women, 41% men
  • International flair in a modern work environment: employees from over 20 nations, company language: English
  • Innovation and team spirit to fulfil the company's mission to improve people's health through life-changing medicines
  • Flexible working hours
  • Possibility to work in home office and in the office
  • Individual development plans and employee advancement through leadership, mentoring and management programs
  • Our sustainability strategy: zero CO2 emissions by 2025
  • Support of the communities in which we work through employee volunteering
  • Contributions to public transport, fitness and other health benefits
  • and much more...

Great place to Work® Certification
Great Place to Work® uses a globally established model with evidence-based standards to analyse workplace culture. Based on an employee survey and a culture audit, the strengths and potential of the workplace culture are evaluated, which can be further developed through concrete measures. The employee survey collects information on key elements such as trust, pride, fairness, team spirit, professional development, compensation, health promotion, work-life balance and leadership quality, as well as on organizational processes.

AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca (LSE/STO/Nasdaq: AZN) is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in three therapy areas - Oncology, Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism, and Respiratory & Immunology. Based in Cambridge, UK, AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

AstraZeneca in Switzerland
120 employees are responsible for coordinating business operations in Switzerland. Our site in Baar is also the headquarters of the Europe & Canada Commercial Regional Team and the Europe & International Oncology Team, for which further 60 people operate in Switzerland. Our primary therapeutic areas are Oncology, Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism, and Respiratory & Immunology. To meet our climate goals ahead of schedule, we are working tirelessly to further reduce CO2 emissions and waste. As part of our Ambition Zero Carbon strategy, we are transitioning to a carbon-free business operation by taking steps to reduce and ultimately eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. In 2021, AstraZeneca Switzerland was recognized by its employees for the fourth time as an outstanding employer, and was awarded the external “Great Place to Work®” certification.

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AstraZeneca Switzerland Media Department
Tel. +41 (0) 41 725 75 75; angelika.maerz@astrazeneca.com
Dr. Angelika März, Corporate Affairs Lead

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