2019 Top 25 Employers

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2019 Rank NAME OF EMPLOYER 2019 EMPLOYEES1 BUSINESS
1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY 12,565 HIGHER EDUCATION
2 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
9,311 HIGHER EDUCATION
3 CITY OF CAMBRIDGE2
3,256 GOVERNMENT
4 TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICALS
3,000 BIOTECHNOLOGY
5 BIOGEN 2,421 BIOTECHNOLOGY
6 NOVARTIS INST. FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH
2,267 BIOTECHNOLOGY
6 CAMBRIDGE INNOVATION CENTER3
2,267 START UP INCUBATOR
8 CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE
1,806 HEALTH CARE
9 MT. AUBURN HOSPITAL 1,789 HEALTH CARE
10 SANOFI
1,782 BIOTECHNOLOGY
11 BROAD INSTITUTE
1,742 RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
12 HUBSPOT 1,735 MARKETING SOFTWARE
13 GOOGLE
1,700 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
14 DRAPER LABORATORY
1,663 RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
15 AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES
1,662 INTERNET TECHNOLOGY
16 EF EDUCATION FIRST
1,345 TRAVEL & EDUCATION PROGRAMS
17 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
1,181 GOVERNMENT
18 PFIZER
917 BIOTECHNOLOGY
19 PEGASYSTEMS
915 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
20 ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS 876 BIOTECHNOLOGY
21 IBM
763 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
22 CARGURUS 742 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
23 BLUEBIRD BIO4 619 BIOTECHNOLOGY
24 FORRESTER RESEARCH
603 BUSINESS SERVICES
25 LESLEY UNIVERSITY 582 HIGHER EDUCATION

Footnotes

  1. All figures collected between 9/1/19 and 11/30/19 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 676 firms.
  4. Employers deleted since 2018: Shire Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Takeda..
  5. Employers added since 2018: Bluebird Bio..

Source: Cambridge Community Development Department and cited employers, except as noted, 2018.

Top 25 Data from 1995 through 2019

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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