Abbott Again Recognized as One of the 'Best Places to Work in Industry' by The Scientist Magazine

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (ABT) was once again named one of the "Best Places to Work in Industry" by The Scientist magazine. Abbott ranked No. 14 on the 2012 list. This is the ninth time that Abbott has been on the list since The Scientist first started ranking companies in 2003.

This prestigious list is based on a detailed survey taken by scientists at life-science companies and research institutions worldwide. The rankings will be included in The Scientist's June issue and online at

"Science is at the heart of Abbott's work to improve people's lives. We strive to create a workplace that values invention, creativity and collaboration, across our diverse health care businesses," said John Leonard, M.D., senior vice president, Pharmaceuticals, Research and Development, Abbott. "We value the recognition from The Scientistmagazine as a benchmark that will help us to further cultivate an innovative scientific community at Abbott."

At Abbott, employees are given opportunities to succeed, lead and grow in their careers through training, mentoring, networking groups and extensive development programs. Abbott scientists are rewarded through the Chairman's awards, President's awards, patent/inventor awards and induction into the prestigious Volwiler Society, which was established in 1985 to recognize the company's most distinguished scientists and engineers. 

Named for the late Ernest H. Volwiler, Ph.D., an internationally recognized scientist and former Abbott president and chairman of the board, the society encourages professional growth, and is meant to spur, recognize and showcase scientific innovation at Abbott. Each year, the Volwiler Society issues "Outstanding Research" awards to the Abbott scientists and teams who have made significant contributions to their scientific fields.

Abbott Widely Recognized as a Great Place to Work

In addition to being recognized as a top employer by The Scientist, Abbott has been honored by Science magazine as a Top BioPharma Employer eight times since 2002.  Abbott also has been honored for workplace leadership in more than 25 countries around the world. The company has been included on the Working Mother Best Companies list for 11 consecutive years, on DiversityInc magazine's list of the top companies for diversity for nine years and Hispanic Business magazine's list of the Top 60 Diversity Elite for five years. Additionally, FORTUNE has named Abbott as one of "America's Most Admired Companies" every year since the list's inception in 1983.

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About Abbott

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs approximately 91,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.