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Best Companies Hall of Fame: Novo Nordisk

Published Tuesday Feb 16, 2021

Author Matthew J. Mowry

Companies named a Best Company to Work For in four out of five years are inducted into our Hall of Fame. Here is a profile of one of the 2020 Hall of Fame companies:

Novo Nordisk US Bio Production

Manufactures hemophilia and long-acting growth hormone therapy products.

NH Site CVP: Peter Gariepy
Years in Business: 97 (6 in NH)
Full-Time Employees: 43,000 (194 in NH)
Years on List: 4
Address: 9 Technology Drive, West Lebanon, NH 03784

Novo Nordisk is working on erasing its carbon footprint by 2030. At this point, they already have 100% of the electricity they use produced by renewables. Employees can be involved in efforts to ensure the company reaches its goals.

It is just one of the ways Novo Nordisk has been building on its culture in the past year. Other recent changes include adding an onsite market with healthy food options and launching Degreed, a new online training platform.

And when COVID-19 began shutting down businesses, Novo Nordisk worked with employees to keep them safe while they continued to produce lifesaving products for patients. And, even during the past six months, they’ve continued to hire.  

“It’s more of a question for us of how can we? How can we do this? What can we do? We have to adjust and adapt and modify,” says Peter Gariepy, NH site corporate vice president. “We want to make sure our patients don’t have to worry about getting their medicine.”

And it has kept intact the benefits and culture that their employees enjoy. Through the Way to Go! program, employees give colleagues Shout-Out cards that celebrate each other’s achievements. The facility offers an onsite fitness center and the company also provides snowshoes, a horseshoe pit and volleyball court.

Among its other perks, employees receive 40 hours of additional vacation time for every five years they’ve worked at the company, $6,000 to $10,000 in tuition reimbursement and $45,000 for a two-year MBA program.

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