At CSL Behring, a Job Isn’t Just a Job
By Elizabeth Walker
December 14, 2016
I’m often asked, “What makes CSL Behring a great place to work?” For me, it’s about our patient centricity and company purpose. We develop and deliver innovative specialty biotherapies, helping people with life-threatening conditions live full lives. That’s an inspiring responsibility. Our CEO Paul Perreault encourages us to work each day as if people’s lives depend on us ‒ because they do. I can’t think of a better reason for coming to work every day.
Like all successful global businesses, we’re interested in attracting the highest caliber talent. We want to hire individuals who genuinely want to make a difference ‒ people with integrity and leadership skills who are highly engaged and truly interested in working with, and learning from, others with different experiences and perspectives.
We want to hire individuals who genuinely want to make a difference.
At CSL Behring, we expect a lot from our employees, but we also have a lot to offer. We’re a global organization with a 100-year track record of success, and we’re still growing. We truly believe that our people are our greatest resource and we invest in our people’s development; our leadership is committed to it. That’s a very attractive value proposition for prospective employees.
We’re proud of our company heritage but we realize our industry is changing. We can’t get too comfortable with our past success because our competitors aren’t standing still. As a result, we’re evolving our business and hiring people who are willing to take calculated risks and embrace new challenges. A track record of performance and career progression (either vertical or lateral) is essential, as well as resilience that often results from overcoming obstacles and failures, reinforcing that we often learn more from our failures than our successes.
We’re evolving our business and hiring people who are willing to take calculated risks and embrace new challenges.
In today’s fast-paced biopharmaceutical industry, we also look to recruit team players who are energized by working in a highly collaborative environment and who demonstrate innovative thinking in terms of ideas, processes and technologies. They are the most likely to thrive in our company, which has been growing impressively. Last year, we increased our employee base 7% and we will achieve similar growth again this year. Between 2013 and 2016, our workforce expanded from 10,000 employees to more than 14,000 worldwide.
To sustain this level of growth, we manage our talent pool holistically by recruiting externally and developing our internal talent providing thorough on-the-job learning, mentoring and a variety of development opportunities. This has enabled us to promote from within in many instances.
We manage our talent pool holistically by recruiting externally and developing our internal talent providing through on-the-job learning, mentoring and a variety of development opportunities.
We have a great deal of pride in our company culture. It speaks volumes that we have deeply embedded Values that guide our decisions and actions, and which are reflected in CSL Behring receiving Best Places to Work awards around the world, including in Switzerland, Germany and Italy last year.
At the same time, we recognize that the changing business environment is driving the need to strategically evolve our culture in a purposeful way. The number of Millennials at CSL Behring is on the rise while at the same time, Generation Xers have leveled off and Baby Boomers are trending downward. These changing workforce dynamics have helped us more clearly define and articulate our employer brand.
Our cultural foundation ‒ our Values and Purpose ‒ are already firmly in place. And other cultural markers such as how our leaders lead, and what employees can expect in terms of development are continuing to evolve. What’s most important for people to know about working at CSL Behring? ‒ a job isn’t just a job here. We offer careers in which individuals can truly make a difference. That’s what motivates me.
Elizabeth Walker is CSL Behring’s Chief Talent Officer