Best Places to Work in IT 2014 Employer Profile

No. 14, Midsize

Astellas Pharma US

Northbrook, Ill. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 rankings: No. 2 for benefits
This Northbrook, Ill., pharmaceutical company rolled out a new program last year to honor outstanding IT employees: the ACE Awards. Each year, ACE -- for Astellas Commitment to Excellence -- awards are presented to two members of the IT department who embody the five company values of patient focus, enthusiasm, results, communication and integrity. Each winner receives an all-expenses-paid vacation for two, which includes two first-class airline tickets, five days of hotel accommodations, $3,000 in spending money and five extra days of paid time off.

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 2,900

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 54

IT employee turnover in 2013: 9%

IT promotions in 2013: 17%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2013: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2013: $3,000