Almac wins UK Great Place to Work award

May 26, 2010

The Great Place to Work® Institute UK awarded Almac the accolade after a comprehensive vetting process that included an analysis of company data and survey responses from 400 randomly selected employees

“This prestigious accolade is further testament to Almac’s corporate values for ‘outstanding quality’, ‘exceptional innovation’, ‘superlative customer care’ and its commitment to hiring and keeping the industry’s most ‘inspirational people’”

said Alan Armstrong, CEO at Almac.

Almac, the Craigavon based, international integrated contract development and manufacturing organisation, has won a 2010 Great Place to Work® Institute UK annual award. The company was also judged by the Institute to be in the UK’s top five companies for its approach and ethos towards disability.

The awards follow a rigorous selection process whereby the Almac Group (Craigavon, Belfast, Scotland and Manchester offices) were evaluated on its staff survey responses to the Great Place to Work® Trust Index© – a proprietary employee survey developed by the Great Place to Work® Institute. In addition, the Institute also evaluated materials submitted by the company, including the company’s response to the Great Place to Work® Culture Audit©.

Almac, Adrienne Gilleece – Employee Communications Manager

The Great Place to Work® Institute has been assessing the world’s best companies in over 40 countries since 1980 and honours recipients according to its employees scores against the Institute’s values of ‘credibility’, ‘respect’, ‘fairness’, ‘pride’, and ‘camaraderie’.

Commenting on the award, Alan Armstrong, CEO said:

“This award is a tremendous tribute to how important each member of staff is to the company. Almac has always strived to employ and nurture the best minds in the industry and this award is yet further proof of the late Sir Allen McClay’s vision for a company committed to good corporate citizenship – a fact further exemplified by Almac’s presence as the only winner from the Pharma industry”.

Tom O’Byrne, CEO, The Great Place to Work® Institute UK said

“Almac Group demonstrated that they have progressive people management practices and even more importantly the essential ingredient of a truly great workplace – TRUST. By understanding how their employees think and feel, and engaging in open and honest communication the management have built trust in the leadership and the organisation.”


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About Almac Group:

Almac is a financially stable, privately owned organisation with over 30 years experience. It provides integrated development solutions to over 600 customers worldwide including all the world leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Their services include R&D, translational genomic services; API manufacture; formulation and analytical development; clinical trial supply and technology (IVRS/IWRS/ePRO) and commercial-scale manufacture and packaging.

The company has over 2,600 employees and is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, where it was awarded “Business of the Year 2009”. US operations are based in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California. Construction of the company’s new $120m North American Headquarters in PA started in July 2008 and will be completed in 2010.

For more information about the Almac Group, please visit or e-mail [email protected]


The Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc. is a research and management consultancy based in the U.S. with International Affiliate offices throughout the world.

Great Place to Work® Institute UK has been identifying Best Workplaces in the UK for the last five years. The UK’s “Best Workplaces” list is published annually in the National Press Best Workplaces Special Report. The underlying concept behind the list is that by congratulating and highlighting best practice, other organisations will recognise the benefits of becoming a great workplace, gain an understanding of how to work towards this goal and ultimately be encouraged to follow suit. This in turn will improve the daily lives of employees throughout the UK.

Great Place to Work® Institute Europe is committed to support European affiliates in their efforts to help organisations across all sectors achieve lasting improvements in their workplace relationships that produce measurable business benefits and better corporate performance.

At the Great Place to Work® Institute, we have been listening to employees and evaluating employers since 1980, to understand what makes a workplace great. We know that the foundation of every great workplace is trust between employees and management. Our ongoing research, measurement tools, and educational services have made us leaders in helping build high-trust workplaces.


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