At Novo Nordisk Inc., 88 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1568 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.68. It was published on Sep 10, 2018. 42591 Visitors

What Employees Say

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

What They Do

We asked Novo Nordisk Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has allowed us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions such as hemophilia, growth hormone related disorders and obesity.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
US Headquarters: Plainsboro, New Jersey, 08536 US Sites: 5
Major Locations: Plainsboro, New Jersey, 08536; Clayton, North Carolina, 27527; Indianapolis, Indiana, 46241; Seattle, Washington, 98109; West Lebanon, New Hampshire, 03784; Indianapolis, Indiana, 46241 US Employees: 4,526
US Revenues: $8,933 million Worldwide Revenues: $17,871 million
Employees Worldwide: 43,435 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: NVO Founded: 1982

Novo Nordisk Employees, USA

Perks and Programs

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

  • WAY to go! Program: WAY to go! allows employees to show appreciation for colleagues’ outstanding performance and everyday excellence, demonstrating our Leadership Competencies and the Novo Nordisk Way. Employees have the opportunity to recognize contributions that matter in a system that peers can see and support. Rewards allow managers to further acknowledge colleagues’ contributions to the organization and award points along with their recognitions. Through WAY to go! points for rewards accumulate for the selection of your choice from an exciting and extensive selection of merchandise, gift cards, experiences, tickets and more, from the online Rewards Catalog. WAY to go! has been designed so that everyone can recognize one another and help our organization continue our winning culture of recognition and employee success.
  • NovoHealth USA: Novo Nordisk Inc. recognizes the value of a healthy lifestyle and that it requires commitment both at work and at home which is why we launched NovoHealth USA for employees to provide them with an opportunity to experience the many personal benefits of good health, higher productivity, increased energy, a balanced life and much more. The journey starts with a wellness assessment and provides a variety of ways for employees to earn points and push themselves to the next level in the program. New challenges are added quarterly to participate in fun and engaging activities within the NovoHealth USA program. Employees and spouses/domestic partners can also earn rewards such as Amazon gift cards and raffles for free healthcare (no medical/Rx employee contributions) for a year.
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): At NNI, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) play an integral role in the execution of our Diversity & Inclusion strategy which is founded on the belief that a focus on diversity drives business performance, maximizes the contribution of every employee, and leverages diverse thinking on key business issues, leading to increased understanding and engagement with our diverse customers. ERGs create a powerful network of members and focus on areas of common interest such as career development, mentoring, sponsorship, and leadership development. Currently, Novo Nordisk has eight ERGs: A1Connection (Living with Diabetes), African Americans in Novo Nordisk (AAINN), HoLA (Hispanics and Latinos at Novo Nordisk), Millennials, Novo Asia Pacific Community, NovoEqual (LGBTQ Employees and Our Allies), Veterans at Novo Nordisk (VANN), and Women in Novo Nordisk (WINN).
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Full and part-time Novo Nordisk Inc. employees are eligible to apply for tuition assistance for covered courses beginning on or after their six-month service date.
  • Summer Hours: Summer hours are available to the home office and enable employees to balance work and life and provide greater flexibly during the summer. Summer hours provide employees the option of extending their hours Monday through Thursday (in addition to the 30 minute paid lunch period) in order to work a half-day on Fridays during the summer months. Summer hours begin the week before Memorial Day and extend through the Friday before Labor Day.
  • Flexible Work Options: Novo Nordisk Inc. offers a range of Flexible Work Options to home office employees and enable them to have greater freedom and control in balancing work and their personal lives (as agreed with their manager and department) while ensuring that internal and external customer needs, business objectives and satisfactory job performance are met. They include: Telework – Employees are scheduled to perform their job at alternative work sites, such as their home; Flextime – Employees adjust the beginning and end times for their work day to mutually benefit themselves and their department; Compressed Work Weeks – Employees work 80 hours within a two week period in less than 10 work days; Job Sharing – Two part-time employees share the responsibilities of one full-time position.
  • Changing Our Communities: Novo Nordisk, Inc. is committed to giving back. To encourage and support the generosity and community involvement of employees, we offer an easy-to-use online system to enable employees to locate opportunities to help their communities in meaningful ways. Additionally, the system is a one-stop-shop for all employee giving. Opportunities to give range from donating to a cause, Grants for Good, Matching Gifts, Skills-based Volunteering, and more.
  • Concierge Services: Novo Nordisk Inc. recognizes that employees are juggling a lot of priorities which is why we provide employees with access to premier corporate concierge services at significantly subsidized rates to help smooth out the challenges of each day’s busy schedule. No task is too great or too small for the experienced Concierge Team staff. They handle personal needs when employees are traveling and/or working long hours and handle such tasks as: caring for pets and plants, researching vacation details, taking cars in for servicing and cleaning, to name a few things.
  • College Coach: Novo Nordisk Inc. recognizes the challenges associated with selecting the right college for families which is why we offer College Coach to help employees navigate this process. Employees are provided with guidance on choosing the right school, preparing applications and financing college. This benefit is provided at no cost to employees and also includes: training workshops, online virtual learning center, personalized counseling and an Education Help Desk.
  • On-Site Fitness Center/Subsidized Fitness Memberships: Novo Nordisk Inc. recognizes the importance of physical fitness and healthy living which is why we encourage employees to participate in sustained fitness and wellness activities. Our headquarters offices have onsite fitness centers which house a variety of cardio equipment (ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, rowing machines, free weights, etc.). Additionally, we offer subsidies and corporate discounts at area fitness centers for home office employees. We also offer fitness benefits through a global fitness center which offers access to 9000+ fitness centers in the United States.


$87,088 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Executive Assistant $137,500 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Sr. Diabetes Care Specialist
90% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for Full-Time Employees) 90% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for Full-Time Employees)
80% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
$7,111 Average Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Restricted stock units
Novo Nordisk Employees, Clayton, NC


29 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 8 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
10 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
29 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 8 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (29% use it)
  • Telecommute option (37% use it)
  • Job sharing
  • Compressed work weeks (2% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (Free bottled water, diet sodas and juices; free daily fresh fruit; 50% subsidy on healthy options in cafe; dry-cleaning service; weekly yoga class; concierge service; onsite fitness center with full service locker rooms, onsite weight management classes)


120 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 20 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
34 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
21 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take$5,000 Adoption benefit
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*30 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.


  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • 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

88 hours Paid time off to volunteer $10,000,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
$91,251 Total company-matched employee donations in last year 2 LEED certified building(s)
Yes Sustainable commuting program Yes Renewable energy program
Yes Recycling program Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Erica Spencer, Senior Director, Talent Management, Organization Development & Diversity oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • 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; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees
  • 4 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Novo Nordisk Employees, Clayton, NC


Novo Nordisk Employees, USA

How to Get Hired

We asked Novo Nordisk 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?

We seek new employees who align with our values and culture, specifically the passion and dedication towards customer service and patient care. We are also committed to attracting and hiring diverse candidates. Patients are our number one priority, so passion for what we do as a company is key.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Candidates who impress during a phone interview are then brought in front of a carefully selected team for further interviews.  Our interview team typically includes the recruiter, hiring manager, subject matter experts, a member of Human Resources, and the second level manager for the position.  Our goal is to have candidates meet a variety of future colleagues as well as get a feel for our unique organization's culture. The interviews are structured and behavioral, focused on the leadership and technical competencies for the position.  Interview team members use interview guides that were designed for specific positions within the organization.

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

That information is not available at this time.  

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

We employ many creative approaches for attracting both active as well as passive candidates who may be open to new opportunities.  Our overall goal is to build talent communities rather than just fill open positions.  We do this by: relying on a combination of campaigns that include banner ads, direct emails, and pay-per click as well as direct postings to sites such as Indeed, Simply Hired, and KODA.  

hiring Outlook

1,057 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year -0% Job Growth
34 Average applicants per opening 34,303 Total job applicants
18% New hires by employee referrals 38% Openings filled by current employees
8 Recent graduates hired 6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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