Monsanto Honored By Science Magazine as a 2014 Top Employer
Science magazine has recognized Monsanto as one of the world’s top employers ranking the company 6 in Science’s 2014 Top Employer survey. The survey spotlights the 20 best companies in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and related industries as well as the characteristics that make them great places to work.
“It’s personally meaningful to see the organization and our people be recognized by Science as a great employer,” said Robb Fraley, Ph.D., Monsanto chief technology officer. “Our teams around the world bring an unparalleled passion to deliver sustainable solutions that help deliver food security. It’s our unique culture of innovation and collaboration that delivers our customers valuable products and our employees a great place to build a career.”
An independent research firm conducted the survey, which polled employees around the world. Respondents from North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific Rim rated companies based on 23 characteristics including financial strength, easy adaptation to change, and a research-driven environment. In Monsanto’s rise to number 6 in 2014 from number 14 in 2013, respondents highlighted Monsanto’s innovative leadership in the industry, its loyal employees and agility in making necessary changes as characteristics for making the list. Monsanto is the only Missouri-based company to make the global list.
Third party organizations continue to recognize Monsanto as an employer of choice. In 2014, Monsanto received awards recognizing its employees’ innovation, leadership, and workplace satisfaction by Forbes (World’s Most Innovative Companies), CR Magazine (100 Best Corporate Citizens, ranking 36 overall and fifth in its industry sector), Computerworld (100 Best Places to Work in IT), DiversityInc. (Top 50 Companies for Diversity), MIT Technology Review (50 Smartest Companies) and Chief Executive (40 Best Companies for Leaders). In October 2013, Monsanto made the list of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work®, ranking 12 in the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence.
The focus of Monsanto’s research and development program is to provide farmers with valuable tools for their toolkit to deliver sustainable agriculture. This total systems approach to agricultural innovation includes key development areas such as breeding, biotechnology, crop protection, as well as new biologicals and data science platforms. In fiscal year 2014, Monsanto invested approximately $1.7 billion in research and development. For the complete feature on Science’s 2014 Top Employers along with individual company rankings, click here.