At Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., 89 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 408 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.06. It was published on Jun 25, 2016. 8326 Visitors

What Employees Say

Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
People celebrate special events around here.

What They Do

We asked Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Our mission is to restore function and improve the lives of people living with neurological disorders. We currently market three FDA-approved therapies and have a pipeline addressing a range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, post-stroke walking difficulties, migraine and multiple sclerosis.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
US Headquarters: Ardsley, New York US Sites: 3
Major Locations: Ardsley, New York; Chelsea, Massachusetts; San Francisco, California US Employees: 546
US Revenues: $492.7 million Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: ACOR Founded: 1995

Acorda Chelsea MA Campus

Perks and Programs

We asked Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Gift of Time: Associates celebrating their 15 year anniversary with Acorda receive a one-time, four-week paid sabbatical and a cash award of $10,000. They are encouraged to use this time to travel, explore a new hobby, etc. The idea is for the Associate to return from their sabbatical energized and refreshed. In addition to the sabbatical, they receive premium parking and free lunches in the café during their anniversary month.
  • Acorda Service Awards: Acorda has a corporate a culture that allows people to grow with the company. As a result, we have many long-term Associates. Acorda’s service award program thanks our long-term Associates for their years of dedication. Each year we honor Associates who are celebrating their 5 year, 10 year or 15 year anniversaries with the company. The service award celebration includes dinner for recipients and their guest along with their manager and members of the Sr. Management team. They are presented with a personalized award certificate and gift commemorating their years of service. Those Associates celebrating 10 years of service are given an additional five floating holidays to be used in their anniversary year and those with 15 years receive the “Gift of Time.”
  • P&V Awards: This is Acorda’s leading peer recognition program. Associates are nominated by a co-worker for exceeding their regular job duties in one of the Principle and Values (P&V) areas. Awardees are recognized at a company-wide Lunch and Learn, given a cash award, vested stock options and their name is added to the P&V wall of fame. This year the Company has awarded 12 P&V awards to date.
  • Super Bolts: Acorda Associates can celebrate their colleagues through the Super Bolt Award program. All Associates are given the opportunity to award two “Super Bolts” throughout the year. They can award a colleague a $25 Amazon gift card to thank them for their contribution to accomplishing a specific goal.
  • CEO Spot Awards: This is where the CEO can give options or cash for special awards and extraordinary efforts and behaviors.
  • Wellness Program: Acorda offers a reimbursement benefit of up to $500 for all Associates engaging in healthy activities such as gym memberships, fitness classes, personal training sessions, etc. Our Wellness initiatives, designed in tandem with our Wellness Committee, have included campaigns on sleep health with an onsite seminar, sun safety awareness, a fun competition where Associates can fill out a “bingo” card by completing certain healthy activities and be entered into a raffle for a prize. We also host a flu vaccine clinic every Fall. We offer free biometric testing to all Associates. For those covered under our medical plan, improved biometric values, as well as participation in many of our other wellness initiatives, can earn points which translate into a reduction in their medical plan contributions.
  • Flexible Hours: Acorda recognizes and appreciates how hard our Associates work. We offer flex-time and summer hours to help with work life balance. Each Associate has the option to work 8.5 hours Monday – Thursday so they can leave at 3pm on Fridays. In the summer, the Company closes at 1 pm every Friday, without Associates having to make up the time, so people can get started early on their weekends.
  • Holidays: Acorda typically observes 16 paid holidays. This includes the “holiday week” between Christmas and New Year’s.
  • Formal Learning & Education-Leadership Development: We offer a suite of learning opportunities on topics such as; Situational Negotiation Skills, Biotechnology for Non-Scientists, Tips on Writing a High Quality Performance Assessment, and compliance related learning on Code of Ethics, Sexual Harassment, and Adverse Events and Product Complaints. There are departmental specific trainings on Sales Training, Quality, and How to Write Standard Operation procedures. We have a four-day Manager Skills Training program that explores topics such as Targeted Selection, Employment Law, Business Writing, Difficult Conversations, onboarding and Retention Strategies. In addition, we host Learning Bistros, here Acordans can come to learn, share insights, and ask questions on various topics related to our day-to-day work. Each Learning Bistro is hosted by an Acordan, followed by an opportunity to expand the dialogue.
  • Equity Incentive Program: All Associates at Acorda receive hiring and ongoing equity. New Associates may be offered an initial grant of stock options as part of their compensation package. The amount of the grant is based on their position in the organization and competitive compensation trends. Most new hire stock options vest over a four-year period, the first 25% at the end of the first 12 months of employment, and the remaining 75% on a quarterly basis over the remaining three years. The Compensation Committee and the Board of Directors consider the grant of equity incentive awards to Associates each. If grants are awarded, the Compensation Committee determines whether the grant will be Options, or Restricted Stock or a combination. The Committee determines the vesting requirements or restrictions.


$77,334 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Administrative Assistant $186,731 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Senior Area Business Manager
50% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 3% of an employee's salary80% Company-paid health coverage for employees
80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 80% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $5,000 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Long-term care insurance to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Restricted stock units to employees


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Fitness classes
  • Banking
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Take-home meals on a regular, daily basis
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Weight watchers meetings
Senior Managers at I Walk Because


31 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 31 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 4 weeks Paid sabbatical after 15 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule (30% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (3% use it)
  • Telecommute option (25% use it)
  • Phased retirement planning (1% use it)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave45 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave
15 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)13 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents15 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

16 hours Paid time off to volunteer $327,265 Philanthropic donations in last year


  • 'Executive Vice President, Human Resources' is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

Decorating T-Shirts at I Walk Because 2016


Acorda's 20th Anniversary Celebration

How to Get Hired

We asked Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Acorda seeks to hire people who are motivated to do meaningful work and help our Company move towards our goal of bringing therapies to market that have a positive impact on people’s lives. To be successful at Acorda, a candidate must demonstrate that they can work in a rapidly changing environment, find new solutions to problems, build relationships, take risks and have a sense of humor. Acorda looks to our founding Principles and Values (P&Vs), such as integrity, teamwork, and the ability to work hard (but have fun) when interviewing prospective Associates. We put a strong emphasis on leadership, cultural fit, and technical competencies. We also have a Targeted Selection Interview Program that trains associates on behavioral interviewing to help identify candidates with the right competencies for the role.  All interviewers complete a candidate evaluation questionnaire and attend a debrief session to discuss the candidate’s competencies, qualifications and organizational fit.    

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Candidates who demonstrate innovative and forward thinking ideas get our attention.  We want Associates who do things with a continuous improvement mindset - someone who talks about how they have done things differently in the past and had success, peaks our interest.  We look for self-directed individuals who understand the company mission, have “done their homework” and ask well thought-out questions. Candidates should interview us as much as we interview them.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

One of our corporate goals is to continue to grow our pipeline of innovative products designed to improve the lives of people living with nervous system disorders. To do this we will be hiring in several different areas across the company such as Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Clinical Operations, Clinical Development and Program Management. To support our marketed products we will be expanding the Manufacturing, and Quality Assurance groups in the coming year.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Interested candidates should review Acorda's website and Acorda's job board. Acorda’s website includes interviews with Associates at all levels of the Company from the CEO and Senior Managers to more junior Associates. These videos discuss the reasons why people have chosen to join the Company and grow their careers at Acorda. Additionally, Acorda attends career fairs focused on diversity within the biotechnology industry where interested candidates can speak with a member of the HR team and collect relevant information about the company to prepare for a potential interview.

hiring Outlook

65 Job openings forecast for coming year 10% Job Growth
40 Average applicants per opening 5,714 Applications received
103 Positions filled in past year 14% New hires by employee referrals
42 New positions created 11 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 1 New graduates hired
8% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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