Despite many companies seeing their stock plunge during the economic recession, the pharmaceutical industry is one sector that has managed to hold its own, continuing to be on of the most profitable industries in the world.
In this years Fortune 500 listings for example, industry leader Pfizerboosted international sales and announced a $68 billion deal for rival Wyeth.
You might think that determining what makes a job “great” is pretty easy, but the truth is there are so many factors that could play a role – from exceptional rates of pay, to superior growth prospects, to employee perks and benefits – that finding one definition often isn’t as easy as it might first appear.
In fact, while for many workers the paycheck is the be all and end all, for others a sense that the work they are doing is more “meaningful” holds the key to job satisfaction.
And that’s before you factor in issues pertaining to how organizations can match the needs of different generations of employees, a common challenge for HR managers.
Take a look at Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies To Work For list for 2009, for instance, which demonstrates how, even in this economy, some companies are going out of their way to please employees.