Employees at Pinnacle 21 do tech work that means something. Their software streamlines regulatory approvals for drugs and medical devices, getting new treatments to patients faster.
Pinnacle 21 supplies its SaaS platform to the FDA, Japan’s PMDA, and most firms in biotech and pharma. It ensures clinical trial data comply with the standards of both government agencies and trial sponsors.
On its way from the clinic to a government agency, a data point goes through many steps, and Pinnacle 21 has processed over 30 trillion (with a T!) of them. With strong product-market fit and many requests for enhancements, the team is quickly becoming the one-stop data brokerage for the life sciences.
Ideas and demand abound. What the company needs is more people: software engineers, data standards experts, and project managers who can develop products used by clients as far away as China and Japan. CEO Max describes this revolutionary work in the service of medicine as “a hard and worthy task.”
The company has proven a draw for technologists who prefer autonomy over office politics, and who build trust by delivering, not with titles. After onboarding driven talents, People Ops empowers them by “letting them loose” to do good and add value.
Pinnacle 21 respects the professionals who work there and recognizes their worth beyond the office walls. Generous PTO, flexibility when “life happens,” free healthcare for the family, one-on-one career coaching—all stem from the company values.
A renovated, spacious office awaits the team’s return from remote work. With spaces indoors and out for breaks, snacks, coffee, workouts, and games, staff report how easy it to decompress and enjoy the camaraderie of their “work fam.”
For two years running, Pinnacle 21 has made the list of Best Small & Medium Workplaces™ by Fortune and Great Place to Work®. From what we heard in interviews with employees, it’s clear why.
"I’ve always been really passionate about data standardization and quality, and Pinnacle 21 is the gold standard in the industry. When I had the opportunity to join the company, it was a pinch-me moment. As a former user turned product manager, I’m proud to impact users and the industry, to help them achieve high-quality data."Amy Garrett Lead Product Manager
"What I like is that we’re never short on challenges. Every year we’re doing something new and exciting that challenges me to grow as an engineer."Kevin McIntyre Lead Software Engineer
"We’re building something special. And it motivates a lot of people here that we’re making an impact on the clinical trial process and getting meds to patients more quickly."Brad Moran Lead Software Engineer
What are the benefits of working at a small company like Pinnacle 21?
You’ll be close to the founding team and catch our entrepreneurial energy. Joining us right as we hit a growth spurt means you’ll not only “do the work” but also direct and optimize our processes for doing so. (We don’t compromise our values, but our methods are malleable.) We’re a perfect place if you want ownership and are relentlessly resourceful. There’s massive impact still to be made.
What does Pinnacle 21 look for in prospective employees?
Our product roadmap is aggressive, and to accelerate it, we need a wave of talent. Our radar pings for people who bring positive energy with a “Yes, and…” attitude, who work smart and get it done. You’ll need to be autonomous and scrappy, since our full attention is on listening to users and writing good code. Meaning, we have zero interest in micromanaging you. We hire team players who contribute to our culture bottom-up, by giving each other earned praise and healthy critique.
What kind of tech skills do you expect candidates to have?
For Full-Stack Engineers: Java, JS, Play Framework, ReactJS, Redux, Postgres, AWS, and experience in Agile
For Subject Matter Experts: CDISC, SAS, custom data standards/specs, regulatory experience with the FDA/PMDA/NMPA, foreign language ability, and proven skills in consulting and thought leadership
How does Pinnacle 21 invest in employee growth and learning?
Our industry looks to us as a thought leader in clinical data standardization. That expectation hits you too, to be keeping (and setting) the pace for professional development. We support you with training courses, mentorship, and conference attendance. Also, our product roadmap assumes capabilities we haven’t yet mastered, so you’ll have no shortage of challenging projects and infrastructure to deepen your tech stack. As we grow, we’ll spend more time cross-training each other, so expect to teach others as part of your own learning path!
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