2015 Top 25 Employers

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2015
Rank
NAME OF EMPLOYER 2015
EMPLOYEES1
BUSINESS 2014
EMPLOYEES
1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY 11,997 HIGHER EDUCATION 10,980
2 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 8,763 HIGHER EDUCATION 8,455
3 CITY OF CAMBRIDGE(2) 2,950 GOVERNMENT 2,927
4 BIOGEN IDEC 2,700 BIOTECHNOLOGY 2,660
5 NOVARTIS INST. FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH 2,457 BIOTECHNOLOGY 2,704
6 MT. AUBURN HOSPITAL 2,115 HEALTH CARE 1,922
7 CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE 1,713 HEALTH CARE 1,704
8 CAMBRIDGE INNOVATION CENTER(3) 1,678 START UP INCUBATOR 1,574
9 SANOFI/GENZYME 1,600 BIOTECHNOLOGY 1,640
10 AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES 1,544 INTERNET TECHNOLOGY 1,367
11 TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICALS/MILLENNIUM 1,411 BIOTECHNOLOGY 1,166
12 DRAPER LABORATORY 1,229 RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT 1,262
13 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 1,210 GOVERNMENT 1,240
14 BROAD INSTITUTE 1,122 RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT 872
15 EF EDUCATION FIRST 1,010 TRAVEL & EDUCATION PROGRAMS 889
16 PFIZER 1,000 BIOTECHNOLOGY 922
17 GOOGLE 971 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 800
18 MICROSOFT 900 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 880
19 HUBSPOT 860 MARKETING SOFTWARE 640
20 PEGASYSTEMS 723 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 635
21 FORRESTER RESEARCH 611 BUSINESS SERVICES 611
22 SPAULDING HOSPITAL CAMBRIDGE 524 HEALTH CARE 558
23 BAXALTA(4) 500 BIOTECHNOLOGY --
24 WHOLE FOODS 443 SUPERMARKET 530
25 LESLEY UNIVERSITY 441 HIGHER EDUCATION 533

Footnotes

  1. All figures collected between 8/15 and 12/15, unless otherwise noted. All figures reflect employment within the City of
    Cambridge only. Whenever possible, totals are based on Full Time Equivalents (FTEs). Part time workers were counted
    as 0.5 FTEs, unless otherwise indicated by employer response. 
  2. City of Cambridge figures include School Department employees. 
  3. The Cambridge Innovation Center is a start up incubator that houses employees from 587 companies. 
  4. Figure reported by Boston Globe. Baxalta moved to Cambridge in 2015 and did not employ people in the City prior to that year.
  5. Employer deleted since 2014: CDM Smith. Employer added since 2014: Baxalta.

Source: Cambridge Community Development Department and cited employers, except as noted, 2015.

For More Information

For more information about socioeconomic and demographic statistics about Cambridge, please contact Cliff Cook, ccook@cambridgema.gov, Planning Information Manager, at 617/349-4656.