Employees 2013: 85,080
Employees 2012: 82,089
% Change: +3.64
Revenues 2013: $52.31 billion
Revenues per employee: $614,797
Although there were some definite hiccups, Roche ($RHHBY) came out of 2013 a happy camper. The company hired nearly 3,000 new employees. While Roche is on the lower end of this list, it had the second highest employee hiring numbers, coming in right after Novartis ($NVS). And even though it added people, its revenue per employee was the second best on the list, behind only Pfizer ($PFE), which got there by cutting people.
The Swiss drugmaker grew thanks to a strong year of sales. Its revenue grew 9.43% in 2013. Cancer drugs Herceptin, Avastin and Xeloda, age-related macular degeneration drug Lucentis and rheumatoid arthritis drug Actemra led the drug sales.
Roche hit some roadblocks, pulling the plug on diabetes drug aleglitazar, once tapped as a blockbuster hopeful. Then its successful R&D chief, Hal Barron, left for a new position at Google ($GOOG). Sandra Horning, previous head of clinical development of oncology and hematology, took over Barron's position.
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