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Astellas Recognized as a Top 20 Place to Work by Chicago Tribune
Employees surveyed say company culture and inclusion are top in the area

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Nov. 13, 2015 — Astellas today was recognized as one of the top 20 large companies to work for in the Chicago area by Chicago Tribune. The list, based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics, LLC, measured several key aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection. This marks Astellas’ second appearance on Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces list.

A global pharmaceutical company celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015, Astellas employs nearly 1,200 people at its headquarters for the Americas in Northbrook, Illinois. The company also has a research facility in Skokie, Illinois, and field-based employees located in the Chicago area. This year, the company was also ranked by Forbes and Working Mothers Magazine as a top place to work in their respective annual surveys.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And often times, people assume the recognition is all about fancy perks and benefits,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Workplace Dynamics. “To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health, and who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day — the employees.”

“In addition to offering its employees top tier benefits, flexible working hours, five days of paid volunteer time off, and seven Employee Resource Groups, Astellas is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture,” said Collette Taylor, senior vice president, Human Resources and Facilities. “The company also received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s most recent Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking tool used to rate companies on policies and practices concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employee equality.”

About Astellas
Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at You can also follow us on Twitter at @AstellasUS. Visit our Facebook page at

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