Thursday - May 04, 2017

Bayer named as leading Life Sciences company in UK’s 2017 Best Workplaces ranking

Passion, collaboration and innovation are key to creating a high performing, competitive business which retains the smartest talent

Bayer has been named by Great Place to Work® as the UK’s leading Life Sciences company in the Large category (organisations with 500+ employees) in their annual Best Workplaces™ ranking announced on 3rd May.

Ranked 17th this is the second consecutive year Bayer has achieved this honour which recognises the company as having a high trust culture and an engaged workforce. These are the key factors behind our ability to attract and retain talent which helps drive our business success.

The methodology behind the ranking is one of the most rigorous available and uniquely comprises both an employee survey and an audit into our company’s management and HR practices. The award recognises the strength of our leadership and the range of innovative, creative and effective HR policies we have which creates our successful workplace culture.
Sharron Burton, Talent Acquisition Lead, said: “Bayer’s success is driven by its people and their passion and commitment to the company’s mission of Science for a Better Life. We provide a working environment that supports diversity, trust and empowerment; all of which were strongly recognised by employees in this year’s survey results.”

Commenting on the results, Bayer UK and Ireland CEO, Dr. Alexander Moscho said: “At Bayer we understand that having a purpose behind all that we do is key for sustainable engagement with people. Our purpose is our Passion for Patients and Customers, who benefit from our products and solutions.

“We understand that career aspirations need to be supported; success must be recognised and that there is an absolute need to balance work and home life. In all of these areas Bayer scores highly and we have even improved upon 2016’s already impressive results.

“The work-life balance in particular has been an area of focus for us this year, with our £11million investment in the relocation of our Regional HQ to Green Park, Reading. Following the move, we are now equipped with the latest technology and processes so that we can support flexible and remote working to meet the needs of our people.”

Tom O’Byrne, Great Place to Work® CEO said: “We are delighted to see Bayer Plc on our Best Workplaces™ list again this year. It is a validation of the strength of their leadership and their commitment to creating the kind of culture which attracts and retains the best talent. The hallmark of a great workplace like Bayer Plc is that their policies and practices are designed around the employee; this employee focus attracts and retains the talent essential for driving and sustaining competitive performance.”

Lucy Pritchard, Bayer Corporate Communications
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Bayer Plc
Bayer is a global innovation focused life science company specialising in animal and human healthcare and crop science, with a focus on addressing the unmet challenges of the future.

Bayer has a strong heritage in the UK beginning in 1875 and currently employs around 1,000 people, with around £1bn sales and a UK R&D investment of around £50m annually.

As the second fastest growing pharma company in 2016 and eighth largest pharma company in the UK, and a major investor in UK life sciences, we care passionately about developing healthcare solutions that benefit UK patients and the NHS.

Bayer’s offices in the UK and Ireland are located in Reading (head office), Cambridge and Dublin. For more information, go to
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Bayer: Science For A Better Life
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2016, the Group employed around 115,200 people and had sales of EUR 46.8 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.7 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, go to

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