When you join Ironwood, you join more than just a company; you join a community of people who share a common goal – making medicines that make a difference for patients. Yet we each bring our own unique experiences, personalities and interests to bear on that goal. And we have fun while we do it – that last part is written into our core values.
We want to improve the lives of patients, and to do that, we have to take care of ourselves. So while we work hard, we also enjoy a free onsite gym and exercise classes. Our kitchen is stocked with healthy food for folks working late, and when times get stressful, we bring in massage therapists. We have treadmill desks for when you need to move, collaboration spaces for when you need to brainstorm, and relaxation rooms for when you just need a break.
Whether you’re into biking, community service or leadership, you’ll find communities of Ironwoodians who share your passion. We use our social intranet to connect with each other: making plans for an early morning row on the Charles River, setting up carpool groups, motivating each other to meet Weight Watchers® goals, and sharing tips to help us be more effective in our work.
We aspire to build a company where every employee feels and acts like an owner, where we all share the responsibility to help the company – our company – succeed. All of Ironwood’s employees are equity holders, which means we are careful stewards of the company's resources, whether making a go/no-go decision on a discovery program or booking travel to a conference. We also take initiative: many of our programs, from our conference rooms named after great drugs, to our participation in the Special Olympics’ Bio-Ball fundraiser, to our alternative transportation benefits, were driven forward by our passionate employees.
How does a pharmaceutical company have fun? We’re serious about trying to improve the lives of patients, but Ironwood was founded by a group of people who enjoyed working together, and we fully believe enjoying our work makes us more effective. So we do stuff like holding a wake to celebrate the death of a molecule: it lets us honor the work that went into the program, and it encourages us to ask tough questions and not fear tough answers. And who doesn’t like cake decorated to look like a peptide?
Ironwood is an equal opportunity employer welcoming diversity in our workforce.
Ask us why the how matters as much
In some companies it’s the who. But at Ironwood, it’s the how and then the what.
How you do something, how you say something, how success is reached is just
as important as what you did, what you said, and what success you achieved.
Success at Ironwood is inclusive and it is affirmative of our company’s mission.
Otherwise it’s not success to us. When good people genuinely work together,
great things happen.
Ask us who delivers your first paycheck.
No matter how busy he is, your first paycheck is hand-delivered by Peter Hecht,
our CEO. He says it’s because he wants to express his gratitude to each new
employee for joining Ironwood, and also to check in with them. “I like to ask them
how we’re doing, to encourage them to speak up and to be a ‘founder,’ too,” he
explains. On the day you receive your first paycheck, you’ll experience two happy
events: great compensation and a conversation with someone who is really glad
you are here.
Ask us about our data-driven
Data-driven is another way of saying “based on experience”. At Ironwood,
our decisions evolve from the data we generate: scientifically, humanly, and
organizationally. Decisiveness is part of our culture. Ironwood’s decisions are the
fuel of our creative productivity. Without them, progress can be delayed and ideas
can be lost. Our decisions are driven by data, by science, and by the confidence we
all have in each other and in the company we are building together.
Ask us about our plus/delta process.
The “plus” – what’s right?, and the “delta” – what can be improved?, is one tool
that really explains, in a practical way, how Ironwood works. The plus/delta is
a meeting format where everyone can weigh in, have a voice. We have found
that, when given a chance, people make amazing observations and facilitate
productive, data-driven solutions. We find it inspiring that our plus/delta process
usually reaches a conclusion that moves things forward. Because, in the end, we’re
all focused on the same thing: transforming knowledge into medicines that make
a difference for patients.
Ask us about Pharmapalooza.
A Pharmapalooza, like its antecedent lollapalooza, indicates an exciting, one-ofa-
kind event. In the case of Ironwood’s “palooza”, it’s a companywide meeting,
held four times a year, with an employee-created agenda – and an open mike.
Everyone gets a chance to ask questions and interact with each other because
we are all part of positively leading Ironwood. Our Pharmapaloozas clarify our
direction, resulting in greater understanding, involvement, and progress. Once
you attend a Pharmapalooza and experience the energy and engagement of
everyone present, your questions will be answered.