At Medidata Solutions, 90 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 626 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.23. It was published on May 18, 2017. 18201 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
I am treated as a full member here regardless of my position.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.

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, 10014 US Sites: 5
Major Locations: New York, New York; San Francisco, California; Iselin, New Jersey; Houston, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio US Employees: 1,158
US Revenues: $358.8 million Worldwide Revenues: $436.4 million
Employees Worldwide: 1,502 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: MDSO Founded: 1999

Medidata Solutions has been awarded:

Best Workplaces in New York 2017 (ranked 16)

Best Workplaces for Millennials 2016 (ranked 100)

Architecture of Hope

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: Our plan 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. All employees are eligible and consideration for an award 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.
  • Internal Global Social Events: The entire company celebrates three major parties per year- a summer party, a winter party and a halloween party for each location. 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. At the halloween party there is an annual halloween contest and our owners dress up in costume together i.e: Batman & Robin and walk around the building for the day and host executive meetings in costume.
  • Summer Internship Program & Recent Graduate Rotation Program: Our Medidata Summer Internship is a 10-week long program that allows for students to apply what they've learned in school, gain exposure to the professional world and help them to build a strong foundation for achieving their career goals. Our interns are part of our global organization, working on meaningful and challenging projects. This helps to create an inclusive and collaborative environment; encouraging them to bring to the table their unique & diverse perspectives that add value to the organization. Our Rotation Program within Professional Services is a developmental program that combines hands-on multidisciplinary working assignments with structured learning, counseling, and mentoring. They can then choose which department in PS they'd like to work in and begin their career after the 6 month cohort has been completed.
  • Global Leadership & Employee Development: Best in class (partnered with top industry experts) Global Leadership Development Programs offered to all employees Director level and above. Leaders work together to solve current business challenges and create new opportunities. We also include volunteer work aligned to our Corporate Social Responsibility Program as part of their leadership development. The leadership budget is $1.5M per year. All employees participate in a global development curriculum which includes a vast selection of courses and workshops covering topics such as Business Acumen, Management Skills, Professional Development. We have 3 global corporate charters for Toastmasters with over 85 employees engaged in the program. It is not uncommon to see the founders stop by the session and watch the employees practice.
  • Medidata Express: Our internal Intranet provides a vast amount of company information including product roadmap, external industry events and news, internal media updates and a social portal for employees to share their special occasions and events, including family photos, pet pictures, and vacation photos. This is also a platform to showcase "Whiteboard Sessions" from our founder Glen DeVries in which he teaches our employees relevant industry or technology topics. It is common to find an abundance of blogs and/or responses to the content posted.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Strategy: Medidata has done a full diagnostic assessment of our D&I practices this past year. From the diagnostic, we are building our strategy to focus on our greatest needs. Along with this, we continue to build grass root employee resource groups such as our Medidata Women’s Initiative group. This group 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. This year, another resource group emerged from this initiative as the Medidata Women of Color.
  • Leadership Mentoring: 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.
  • 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."
  • Innovative Facilities: 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. As we grow globally, we ensure that all of our offices are consistent (game room, colors, furniture, etc...) so whatever office you go to, when you walk in the door, you know you're at Medidata.


$48,218 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Operations Support Analyst $140,412 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Software Engineer
50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 6% of salary84% Company-paid health coverage for employees
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 Average Tuition Reimbursement
$5,250 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
  • Employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)
  • Restricted stock units
Customer Success


Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 32 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 20 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 31 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Telecommute option
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Onsite Amenities (Medidata provides free coffee and subsidized vending machines.)


180 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 180 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
180 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take30 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
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 (including FMLA)*180 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)
  • 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

8 hours Paid time off to volunteer $13,347,033 Philanthropic donations in last year
$16,232 Total company-matched employee donations in last year VP, Workplace Solutions Leads environmental impact team
Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Carbon offset program Yes Recycling program


  • 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: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity




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?

Medidata Solutions is committed to hiring the best talent to help support our mission: Powering smarter treatments and healthier people. We hire candidates that want to work on teams and experiement with new concepts, research new approaches and test out new technologies in an environment that fully supports all levels of innovation. Ideal candidates show us the critical behaviorsof our principles: Integrity, Partnership, Inventiveness, Humility, Nimbleness, Tenacity, Inclusiveness, and Caring. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

As the leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for clinical research in life sciences our ideal prospective employees can show passion for our work, our clients and our industry. They can demonstrate humility and excitement as they describe how they can contribute to our business. We want candidates who can challenge the status quo , develop partnerships with their colleagues, embrace diverse background and experiences all while working with integrity at every turn. 

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

In 2017, we are focused on expanding our Sales and professional Services organizations. We continue to hire software developers across the entire technology stack from architects to mobile engineers. We are also focused on finding the best talent from the domain we automate - all aspects of clinical trial automation from study planning to clinical trial late stage monitoring.

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

Candidates should review our website at and talk to our clients and CRO partners. It’s also helpful to connect with Medidata employees via LinkedIn. We do hold a strong presence at targered career events in NY, San Francisco and London and would encourage interested candidates to attend and come with questions. 

hiring Outlook

420 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 25% Job Growth
86 Average applicants per opening 34,240 Total job applicants
27% New hires by employee referrals 10% Openings filled by current employees
13 Recent graduates hired 9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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