Proud, Passionate and Mission-Driven for Patients

October 19, 2017

By Annie Drapeau
Chief Human Resources Officer, Moderna


This afternoon we announced that, for the third year in a row, we have been named one of the top 10 employers in Science magazine’s annual Top Employers survey.  We are incredibly proud of this recognition, and are honored to be named on this list with so many other companies that we admire. 

Our mission is to deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients.  Our employees are deeply passionate about this mission.  They have dedicated their careers to helping patients and their families, and the employees that I speak with every day truly believe that there is no other place where they can have as profound and meaningful an impact on patients as they can at Moderna.  This is why I came to Moderna – we know we can and will change countless lives.  And we do this every day because of brilliant and collaborative teammates.  I am humbled to be working side by side with my amazing colleagues.

It’s not easy to compete for the best and brightest talent in this unbelievably competitive market for talent.  In our Kendall Square neighborhood, we are surrounded by companies doing cool science and offering compelling rewards and innovative benefits.  Yet, in this environment, Moderna has been very successful recruiting and retaining amazing talent because we are committed to our people. Specifically, we are committed to:

Impact – Our people have the opportunity to do work that is unparalleled in terms of its innovation and scope of impact on people’s lives.

Growth – For the intellectually curious, Moderna provides incredible opportunities for intellectual growth.  We invest in the development of our people as scientists and as leaders.

Wellness – We are committed to the health and well being of our employees and their families by providing family friendly benefits and opportunities to be healthy.

Inclusive environment – We believe in the power of bringing together a diverse set of perspectives and backgrounds, and creating an environment where differences are celebrated and leveraged.

Compelling Rewards – To attract and retain the very best talent, we provide competitive rewards that help to drive groundbreaking work and allow employees to share in the value we will create together.

While I’m not a scientist, most days I feel like I have the coolest job in the company.  I have a chance to tell the Moderna story to prospective employees – stories of how our Women’s Network employee resource group is finding ways to work in our communities to encourage more young women in Boston and Cambridge to enter the STEM fields; stories of the ways we are investing in growing great leaders through the Moderna Leadership Series; stories about attending our Annual Scientific Showcase day, where our employees share with one another over 100 posters, and where we see and hear our young scientists, each bursting with pride, talking about how they are achieving more than they thought they were capable of.

We are honored to have been named a Top Employer.  We celebrate, but know that we need to continue to grow and improve.  We can’t achieve our mission without the commitment and enthusiasm of each of our Moderna teammates, and we will work together to earn it every day.