At Medidata Solutions, 89 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 546 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.26. It was published on Apr 8, 2016. 8487 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

What They Do

We asked Medidata Solutions to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Cloud-based technology company whose advanced software and data analytics help life sciences organizations conduct faster, safer, more insightful clinical trials. We have over 550 customers with 99% customer retention. Our platform has supported more than 10,000 studies, 370,000 investigational sites and 2.7 million trial volunteers.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: New York City, New York US Sites: 6
Major Locations: New York, New York; San Francisco, California; Iselin, New Jersey; Conshohocken, Pennsylvania; Houston, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio US Employees: 928
US Revenues: $297.74 million Worldwide Revenues: $392.51 million
Employees Worldwide: 1,285 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: MDSO Founded: 1999

Medidata Solutions has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Millennials 2016 (ranked 100)

Halloween is a big - and we mean big - deal at Medidata! Each year, we throw an in-office party at our locations around the globe, with food, drinks, costume contests and more. This year, the weather was warm enough to host the NYC party outside on our terrace.

Perks and Programs

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

  • Employee Stock Purchase Program: Allows employees to purchase Medidata stock at a 15% discount every six months and carry the lowest purchase price forward for two years. There is no holding requirement, employees may sell their stock upon purchase. Typical ESPP's have ~30% employee participation, we have 63% of our employees participating. This is top in the industry.
  • Annual restricted stock equity grants: Each year ~40% of our employees receive a restricted stock grant based on their contribution; evaluation is based on the impact of their role and their sustained performance. The grant vests annually over 4 years and is used as a retention incentive.
  • Summer and Winter Parties: The entire company celebrates two major parties per year. The executive staff travels to each location (Tokyo, London, and various U.S. locations) to attend and celebrate with employees. We provide top level catering, open bar, and music. Our own employee band; MDSOUL, starts the music portion of the event and then turns it over to a DJ.
  • Global Halloween Events: In addition to our summer and winter parties the entire company celebrates Halloween in grand style. Our CEO and President hire outside costume designers to make their costumes, setting the stage for everyone to get in the spirit. The entire exec staff also dresses up, encouraging their teams to compete for best team awards. A global website is created for all employees to vote on numerous categories; best team; most scary; most creative; etc. The company provides food and beverages during the noon through 3:00 p.m. event across the globe.
  • Ask Exec: We provide an anonymous website for employees to ask anything they wish to any exec. The questions range from asking about a product release to opening new offices. It is one of our "ear to the ground" communication tools, understanding that many employees are not co-located with the exec team so this provides an avenue to get their questions presented.
  • Medidata Express: Our internal Intranet provides a vast amount of company information from our product roadmap to a social portal for employees to share their special occasions and events, including family photos, pet pictures, and vacation photos.
  • Women's Initiative: The Medidata Women’s Initiative aims to provide a framework for women of all levels and positions within Medidata to meet, exchange ideas and develop networks, allowing us to collaborate, support and encourage each other to reach our full personal and professional potential.
  • Summer Internships: We provide internships for NYC's "Ladders for Leaders," which target disadvantaged youth's to introduce them to the work environment and provide hope and guidance on how to prepare for college and a professional career. We also recruit interns from 9 universities focusing on women and diversity candidates.
  • Patent Program: We recognize and reward our employees for submitting patent recommendations to protect our IP rights. Employee's receive $500 for a filing, $5,000 for a patent grant, a plaque displayed in the corporate lobby and a "Medidata Inventor" designation in their title. A yearly innovation award is selected and an employee , or employees if it is a joint patent, are given the opportunity to select a conference of their choice to attend. We provide any employee two weeks away from their day to day activities to work on "innovation time."
  • Facilities that support employee and environmental needs: Our offices provide lactation rooms for Moms, Wellness, and Meditation/Quiet time, on-site showers, bike racks, game rooms, height adjustable desks, ergonomic furniture including computer installations that are adjustable for employee comfort. Our commitment to social responsibility includes buildings that are LEED certified. Last year we invested $2.5 million in our offices to guarantee LEED certification.


$49,778 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Coding Specialist $122,194 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Software Engineer
50% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 4% of an employee's salary84% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for All employees that work more than 30 hours. Only 1 employee does not work that amount of hours. only)
84% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 84% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $3,953 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) plan
  • Stock options to employees
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Restricted stock units to employees


  • Free beverages during the day
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Personal travel service
  • Massage therapy
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Subsidized public transportation
Our executive team - including Medidata CEO and president Tarek Sherif and Glen de Vries, dressed as Batman and Robin - take a break from Halloween festivities to catch up on important business.


Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule
  • Job sharing
  • Telecommute option
  • Compressed work weeks


180 days Job-protected maternity leave180 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
120 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take30 days Job-protected paternity leave
30 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)14 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
180 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


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


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


  • Blood pressure screening
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

$13,347,033 Philanthropic donations in last year $16,232 Total company-matched employee donations in last year


  • Formal programs support professional development for: Women
  • 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

Medidata's incredibly talented in-house band, MDSOUL, rocks a performance at the 2015 Medidata East Coast holiday party, hosted at Cipriani.


The Medidata marketing team

How to Get Hired

We asked Medidata Solutions 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?

We screen candidates to determine a great fit if they are passionate about our mission: “powering smarter treatments and healthier people”. Our company has re-invented the way clinical trials are conducted. Our products and services disrupt every aspect of the clinical trial process. In turn, we are looking for people who are committed to experimenting with new concepts, testing new technologies, and are tenacious in helping our partners develop drugs that save lives.  

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Medidata is more than an innovative cloud technology company.  We're a founder-led community of passionate people who are transforming clinical development.  We are the leading company that has proven that cloud technology can make the science of drug development better, improving the lives of patients everywhere. We’re committed to fostering a collaborative, company culture, one that thrives when we come together as a team to experiment with new concepts and test out new ideas.  If this culture and our work excites you, then you will be a great fit.

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

In technology, we are focused on the full range of cloud software and application engineers including engineers with C#, .Net, Ruby,Mobile (iOS and Andrioid), UX Design, Product Manager & Business Analyst experience. We also need Project Managers with PMP certification. We are also looking for enterprise sales talent with expertise in selling cloud-based software solution or sold into life sciences.  Our products are essential to helping our customers and partners. And, of course, we need the full range of corporate roles to support our aggressive top-line growth goals of 20+% per year.

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

The Medidata website ( is a great place to start the process. Candidates should also see who they are connected to on LinkedIn that work at Medidata – they can provide the most up-to-date view of the company and culture. We also recommend looking at websites such as Glassdoor and other company review sites. Since we are a public company, there is ample material available about our performance and financial outlook on the internet. We also recommend reading analyst reports about SaaS and Enterprise Cloud companies.

hiring Outlook

400 Job openings forecast for coming year 115 Average applicants per opening
34,240 Applications received 391 Positions filled in past year
29% New hires by employee referrals 226 New positions created
31 Jobs filled by current employees Yes Recruits on college campuses
13 New graduates hired 4% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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