Cultural synergy at Millennium Pharmaceuticals

When the Cambridge company was bought by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. in 2008, the Japanese firm was clear that it wanted to retain Millennium’s talent and capabilities. By Robert Weisman

Top Large Company

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Workers consistently praised the collegial culture at the company, which focuses on providing economic analysis and expert witness testimony to law firms.

Top Medium Employer

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Managers at the waterfront hotel, one of just three five-star properties in the city, know that in order to deliver the highest level of service, workers need to feel like five-star employees.

Top Places to Work | Top Small Employer

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For a company in the business of employee appreciation, the Southborough firm does indeed practice what it preaches.

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These nine Massachusetts workers have one thing in common: they all love their jobs. What keeps them going?

Executive Roundtable

People are their first priority

Executives from Jack Conway & Co., Roche Brothers, and Rapid7 shared insights into hiring and retaining employees.

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From offering free courses in English to providing programs where company leaders cook together, these three companies offer highly rated development programs.

An office at Neoscape was made from a shipping container.

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Photo gallery

Cool office spaces

Companies are doing all they can to appeal to a hard-charging workforce and clients who want to see what’s under the hood.

Four Seasons worker Rachel Fenney films Rob Differ as he works on pastries.

Perks

Employee newscasts, free lunch, and more top perks

Companies in Massachusetts offer a variety or perks to their employees in hope of creating a rewarding work environment.

Graphic

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An homage to those to toil 9 to 5 and beyond.

Methodology

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The Globe invited 1,586 employers to participate. Of those, 304 organizations employing over 210,000 people went all the way through the process.

Overview

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A company can be considered healthy when employees “buy in” to what the organization is doing. And Massachusetts companies are among the healthiest in the nation.

Letter from the business editor

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Employers and employees are more mindful than ever about the importance of being appreciated at work and having opportunities for advancement.