At Ajinomoto Althea Inc., 79 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 284 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.95. It was published on Jun 19, 2017. 1942 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
Management is competent at running the business.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.

What They Do

We asked Ajinomoto Althea Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Ajinomoto Althea, Inc. is a fully integrated contract development and manufacturing organization providing clinical drug process development and manufacturing services to global biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Althea has the capacity to support early-stage clinical requirements through commercial manufacturing.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
US Headquarters: San Diego, California, 92121 US Sites: 3
Major Locations: San Diego, California, 92121 US Employees: 449
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1998

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Perks and Programs

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

  • Cultural Champions: Althea’s culture is the foundation of who we are and our employees consistently demonstrate our values of Expertise, Innovation, Accountability, Compliance, Communication and Teamwork. Each quarter we recognize three Cultural Champions, individuals who have been nominated for their unique contributions that exemplify our cultural values. Recipients are publicly recognized during quarterly all-company gatherings. Each Champion receives a $500 bonus as well as a chance to win a day off with pay.
  • Employee Recognition: Althea’s thriving workplace culture and business success would not exist without our hardworking and dedicated employees. Employees are able to recognize each other by writing “culture cards” which highlight how an individual’s actions demonstrate Althea’s cultural values. Every employee who writes or receives a culture card is eligible for a monthly drawing. Winners and the respective nominators receive a $50 gift certificate. All culture cards are displayed as digital signage in all break rooms to further recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our employees.
  • Althea U: Althea U was created as a platform to share firsthand with Altheans the specific impact their work has on the lives of patients. Clients regularly travel to Althea’s campus in San Diego to present on-site about the products they partner with Althea on and to share patients’ success stories. When clients are not presenting, we offer an internal Althea U series, giving employees the opportunity to learn about different departments and initiatives across the business.
  • Educational Opportunities: We promote continual learning and development in a variety of ways so as to best serve the diverse needs of our employees. Many Altheans utilize our tuition reimbursement program and benefit from up to $5,250 towards college classes. These classes often go towards a Master’s degree, professional certifications, or continued education. Leadership training is another tool Althea believes and is strongly invested in. New leaders and leaders new to Althea are offered multi-day, in-depth training to develop their skillset as mentors and leaders in the Biotech arena. Training opportunities are not exclusive to leaders at Althea; DISC interpersonal assessments and workshops are offered to all teams, furthering Althea’s commitment to communication and teamwork, and empowering employees to better understand their own communication styles and those of their colleagues.
  • Community Outreach: Giving back to the local community is a commitment of Althea’s. With the help of the Community Outreach Committee (made up of Altheans from across the company) company-sponsored activities for the year are chosen based on employee interest. The 2017 schedule includes a Habitat for Humanity Build Day, Pedal the Cause cycling fundraiser, Salvation Army Angel Tree, American Red Cross blood drives, and Humane Society drives. We also host an annual Charity Connection, a celebrated event that brings many local charities to campus, and encourages employees to connect with local organizations that are meaningful to them.
  • Wellness: Althea feels that wellness at work goes beyond offering insurance and paid time off to employees. We take an active approach to promoting activity and strive to foster an environment in which employees invest in their physical wellbeing. Althea provides an annual onsite health fair and free onsite flu shots to all employees. This year, we deployed our inaugural “10k step challenge” where individuals and teams compete over the course of 8 weeks with the goal of walking at least 10,000 steps a day. Free access is provided to a pool, tennis courts and basketball court for all employees– not only during the challenge but year round! Althea also sponsors co-ed sports teams including soccer, softball, and kickball. These teams give employees a chance to get to know others outside of their respective departments, build camaraderie, and get moving together. In 2016 Althea’s team won the Softball championship!
  • Holiday Shutdown and Time Off: Althea understands the importance of a work life balance and the benefit of spending dedicated, uninterrupted time with family and friends, as well as time to personally reenergize. That’s why all employees receive 13 paid holidays per year including a week of paid time off between Christmas and New Year’s. In addition, employees accrue 15 days of Paid Time Off per year, increasing with each year of employment.
  • Meet the CEO: Althea strives to create a transparent environment with open and honest communication between employees at all levels. Every month, new employees meet with directly with David Enloe, Althea’s CEO, in a small group. These sessions are interactive and give our new hires the opportunity to provide feedback on their first couple months at Althea, ask questions, and learn more about Althea’s business trajectory and cultural values.
  • Employee Benefits: At Althea, we appreciate the hard work and dedication our employees bring. For this and many other reasons, we offer competitive and cost effective medical benefits. The benefits package contains multiple plans to choose from, encompassing the diverse needs of our employees. Also offered are dental, vision, long term care, life, and disability insurance as well as flexible spending accounts.
  • Referral Program: We know the best place to find new talent is through our current talent! We recognize our employees for the great impact their referred hires make on our already strong culture by offering a referral bonus of $1,000 for a full time positions and a $500 for part time positions. Employees know the culture, environment, and mission of Althea firsthand. This unique insight is powerful and we appreciate and benefit from employees recommending roles at Althea to their friends, family members, and contacts.


50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 6% of salary87% Company-paid health coverage for employees
79% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 87% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $2,338 Average Tuition Reimbursement
$5,250 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement
Exciting Results in the Lab!


28 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 20 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
5 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
13 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 13 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (10% use it)
  • Telecommute option (2% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (- Free Coffee and Tea - Dry Cleaning - Food Truck Fridays - Avenue C Micro-Market Vending Kisoks - Lunch Delivery - Access to Pool, Tennis Courts, and Basketball Courts - Discounted Ticket Sales - Discounted Offsite Gym Membership)


90 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 76 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)20 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

Environmental Health & Safety Leads environmental impact team Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Recycling program


  • Human Resources is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Teammates Showing Company Pride


Employee Driven Fundraiser for Salvation Army Angel Tree, Providing Christmas Presents for Local San Diego Families.

How to Get Hired

We asked Ajinomoto Althea 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?

Althea is known for a strong culture, unwavering customer focus, and top-notch talent. Candidates focused on finding a company mission and culture they connect with are the candidates we’re interested in hearing from and the candidates who make great hires. The impact our work has on patients and the way we work together to reach goals and overcome obstacles drive life at Althea. Althea is a great match for innovative, accountable team players who communicate openly, maintain high quality standards, and are experts at what they do. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

We hire candidates who are excited about contributing to the work we’re doing and jumping into our dynamic environment. We appreciate candidates who convey their interest in Althea by researching the company and starting their application process with a foundational understanding of the business, and who we are. When going through the application process be sure to clearly communicate (whether in a cover letter, or in your interview) why you are a great fit for the role and where your most relevant experience lies. If this is a new industry for you or if you are applying for a ‘stretch role,’ let us know exactly what you have been doing to prepare for the shift or to make that step up in your career. 

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

Now is an exciting time to join Althea, and as we continue to grow we are hiring across many areas of the business. Candidates with interest and/or experience in quality assurance, quality control, manufacturing (drug product or drug substance), process science, or general administration will find various opportunities available on our careers site throughout the year. To support our clients in advancing their product pipelines we are vigilant in maintaining the highest quality standards, so candidates with backgrounds in Quality will continue to be a focus.

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

Get to know us better! Our website is the best place to discover the story of Althea, our milestones and accomplishments, and the many ways in which we serve our clients. We also have a presence on many social media platforms including LinkedIn and Twitter. Don’t forget your personal relationships; ask the Althean you know about their experiences and why they love their job. Candidates who are inspired to work at Althea should head to the careers page of our website. 

hiring Outlook

75 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 27% Job Growth
38 Average applicants per opening 6,782 Total job applicants
15% New hires by employee referrals 7% Openings filled by current employees
14 Recent graduates hired
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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