2020 Top 25 Employers

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2020 Rank NAME OF EMPLOYER 2020 EMPLOYEES1 BUSINESS
1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY 12,858 HIGHER EDUCATION
2 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
9,322 HIGHER EDUCATION
3 TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICALS
3,484 BIOTECHNOLOGY
4 CITY OF CAMBRIDGE2
3,472 GOVERNMENT
5 NOVARTIS INST. FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH
2,330 BIOTECHNOLOGY
6 BIOGEN 2,318 BIOTECHNOLOGY
7 HUBSPOT 1,950 MARKETING SOFTWARE
8 BROAD INSTITUTE
1,880 RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
9 CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE
1,809 HEALTH CARE
10 GOOGLE
1,800 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
11 AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES
1,685 INTERNET TECHNOLOGY
12 MT. AUBURN HOSPITAL 1,668 HEALTH CARE
13 DRAPER LABORATORY
1,638 RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
14 SANOFI
1,605 BIOTECHNOLOGY
15 CAMBRIDGE INNOVATION CENTER3
1,490 START UP INCUBATOR
16 PHILLIPS NORTH AMERICA 1,214 ELECTRONICS & HEALTH TECHNOLOGY 
17 EF EDUCATION FIRST
1,205 TRAVEL & EDUCATION PROGRAMS
18 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
1,195 GOVERNMENT
19 PEGASYSTEMS
975 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
20 PFIZER
941 BIOTECHNOLOGY
21 ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS 885 BIOTECHNOLOGY
22 BLUEBIRD BIO4 843 BIOTECHNOLOGY
23 IBM
750 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
24 CARGURUS 699 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
25 FORRESTER RESEARCH
634 BUSINESS SERVICES

Footnotes

  1. All figures collected between 9/1/20 and 12/15/20 unless otherwise noted. Employment at many Cambridge firms is dynamic. responding to changing market factors. Announcements affecting employment since the end if data collection are not factored into this table. 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 698 firms.
  4. Employers added since 2019: Phillips North America.
  5. Employers Removed since 2019: Lesley University.

Source: Cambridge Community Development Department and cited employers, unless otherwise noted, 2020.

Top 25 Data from 1995 through 2020

Top 25 Employer information from 1995 to present can be found on the Cambridge Open Data site. You can use the filter tools to limit your display to one or more years of interest. Data can also be exported from the open data portal.

For More Information

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