At Horizon Pharma plc, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 321 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.58. It was published on Jul 18, 2017. 8097 Visitors

What Employees Say

Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People celebrate special events around here.

What They Do

We asked Horizon Pharma plc to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Horizon Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing, acquiring and commercializing medicines that address unmet medical needs.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
US Headquarters: Lake Forest, Illinois, 60045 US Sites: 3
Major Locations: Lake Forest, Illinois; Chicago, Illinois US Employees: 837
US Revenues: $964 million Worldwide Revenues: $1,046 million
Employees Worldwide: 958 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: HZNP Founded: 2005

Toasting Horizon's award winning culture

Perks and Programs

We asked Horizon Pharma plc to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Fitness Membership: Horizon provides a $30 monthly subsidy for fitness membership. In addition, Horizon also has a relationship with several fitness gyms that offer a discounted membership to its employees.
  • Massages: Horizon has a masseuse onsite several times a month and encourages employees to schedule appointments during work hours to de-stress.
  • Barista: Horizon provides a free barista service on site in its cafe that is available to make employees caffeinated beverages of their choice.
  • Game Room: Horizon has a game room on site and encourages its employees to de-stress by sitting in the massage chair, playing pinball, darts, pacman, a video game console, putting on the green, etc.
  • Half Day Fridays: Year round "summer hours" for employees.
  • Transportation: Horizon provides a shuttle service and Uber to/from the train station to the office.
  • Prescriptions: Horizon employees have $0 out of pocket costs for all Horizon medicines.
  • CSR: Horizon facilitates a multitude of opportunities for employees to volunteer and give back to their community. These opportunities include an annual corporate volunteer project, monthly donation drives, mentoring opportunities, and an employee donation matching program.
  • Zip Car: Horizon has secured a Zip Car discount for its employees.
  • Casual Work Environment: Jeans allowed during the work week when professionally appropriate.


$93,562 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Executive Assistant $130,425 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Territory Manager
100% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 4% of salary85% Company-paid health coverage for employees
85% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 85% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
  • Employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)
  • Restricted stock units
Enjoying complimentary barista made beverages


29 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 23 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
7 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 7 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
29 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 23 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Telecommute option (85% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Subsidized lunches, sundry, dry cleaning, free barista made beverages, complimentary massages, complementary refreshment stations throughout campus (healthy snacks, carbonated drinks, water, caffeinated drinks), lactation room, game room, chair massages, shower rooms, and transportation shuttle.)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 20 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
20 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)20 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$10,000 Adoption benefit60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)
20 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. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


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


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

Community and Environmental Impact

$1,000,000 Philanthropic donations in last year $20,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year
Third-Party Conducted Environmental impact audit Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Recycling program Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • SVP, 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
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Women
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Giving back to the community through CSR activities


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How to Get Hired

We asked Horizon Pharma plc 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?

Embedded in the Horizon culture are its employee core competencies:  Action Oriented, Problem Solving, Priority Setting, Drive for Results, Strategic Agility, Intellectual Horsepower, Dealing with Ambiguity.  Our hiring managers and talent acquisition staff are trained to look for candidates who demonstrate these characteristics.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Interested candidates can apply online through the company Careers site or visit Horizon's LinkedIn page for information on a specific role and then apply through the links.  Additionally, prospective employees can submit their resumes for future roles through the Careers site.

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

Horizon is looking to grow its Primary Care, Orphan and Rheumatology business units.  Roles in those fields will be posted throughout the year.

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

Visit the Horizon Pharma internet site to explore our business, current activities, and apply.  Additionally information is available on Horizon's LinkedIn page.

hiring Outlook

230 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 3% Job Growth
43 Average applicants per opening 10,034 Total job applicants
40% New hires by employee referrals 6% Openings filled by current employees
9 Recent graduates hired 13% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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