Monsanto honored by Science magazine as a 2015 top employer

Science magazine has recognized Monsanto as one of the world’s top employers, ranking the company No. 9 in Science’s 2015 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.

“I am pleased to see Monsanto recognized by Science as a top employer,” said Robb Fraley, Ph.D., Monsanto chief technology officer. “I am constantly inspired by the great people we have working at Monsanto; the bright minds, the diverse backgrounds and the collaborative spirit of our employees make Monsanto a great place to work.”

An independent research firm conducted the survey, which polled employees across related industries and academia 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 having a research-driven environment.

“I love science because it is an agent of change.  It provides the framework for questioning the status quo, understanding the world we live in, and is the key to improving lives,” said Sarah Sterling, of the conventional corn multi season program at Monsanto Hawaii. “It’s energizing to work for a company that’s a global leader in ag research and dedicated to improving people’s lives. At Monsanto, I work on projects that can benefit farmers around the world, and together with fellow employees, can get involved in numerous volunteer activities to help our local community.”

In fiscal year 2015, Monsanto invested approximately $1.6 billion in research and development. Monsanto’s R&D program focuses on providing farmers with valuable integrated solutions to help them mitigate on-farm challenges and bring more harvest to market. This total systems approach to agricultural innovation includes key development areas such as breeding, biotechnology, crop protection, ag biologicals and data science.

As agriculture and data science converge, a workforce with strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills has become central to meeting the challenge of making a balanced meal accessible to everyone while protecting natural resources.

“As humanity looks to feed a global population growing to nearly 10 billion by 2050, we need to encourage more young people to pursue careers in STEM, and I hope that Monsanto can play a role in their bright futures,” said Fraley.

Third party organizations continue to recognize Monsanto as an employer of choice. For more information on these recognitions and others, see Monsanto’s list of workplace recognitions. And watch this video for an entomologist’s perspective on working in R&D at Monsanto.

Science’s 2015 Top Employers will be featured in the Oct. 30, 2015, print issue of Science and online at www.sciencecareers.org/TopEmployers2015.