Why IntegriChain is not the typical tech company
Not only do the employees at IntegriChain love making sure that medications get into the hands patients who need them, they also enjoy standing. As in, the entire office is moving to standing desks – and couldn’t be happier about it.
Combine that with the modern, newly-renovated office at 8 Penn Center, the La-Croix-stocked kitchen, the common spaces in the form of futuristic, mixed-media booths, and the assortment of games strewn about the office, and you might think, typical tech company. But you’d be wrong.
IntegriChain has been around for over 11 years, and partners with all the top-10 and 16 of the top-20 pharmaceutical manufacturers plus more than 90 other suppliers. In fact, more than $200 billion of U.S. commerce and 2 billion transactions flow through the IntegriChain cloud annually, for a total of more than $250 billion in annual commerce in the U.S.
The company’s main objective is, putting it simply, using vast amounts of “big data” in a way that shows drug manufacturers how to help patients start and stay on therapy. They bring together many disparate sets of data — creating reporting and analytics that show where things are working and where they are not — to help expedite and simplify the process of how drugs and other therapies gets into the hands of patients. This helps ensure that people who need medications not only get them, but stay on them – all the while avoiding the typical hurdles created by insurance companies, availability, and cost.
IntegriChain also prides itself on valuing their employees – called “IntegriChainers”. The company looks for every chance to promote from within, and offers a laundry list of desirable benefits, including professional development opportunities, work-from-home options, student loan reimbursement, paid parental leave, and an emphasis on corporate social responsibility.
The latter isn’t just corporate speak, either: the company walks the walk when it comes to creating and developing a team that truly cares about making healthcare better. The team is active locally as well, having adopted Penn Treaty Middle and High school in Philadelphia, and many employees we spoke to had visited the schools directly to support a number of philanthropic programs for the students.
How would you describe IntegriChain’s culture?
IntegriChain is the best kind of data analytics tech company. It has that fun, flexible feeling, but it’s also successful enough to offer employees benefits beyond standard medical benefits. Think: A fully stocked beer fridge along with work from home options. IntegriChain has structured professional development through standardized MBO goals brought to employees by the HR department. On top of that, full time employees can enjoy student loan reimbursement--all with the confidence of a powerhouse Silicon Valley private equity group.
“You can have culture where you have a ping pong table, or you can have culture where employees feel valued and they feel like they are being treated fairly,” says Jennifer Fernandez, Human Resources Manager. IntegriChain, it seems, has managed to do both.
What are the company’s hiring needs?
With many open positions, the company is hiring all over, from software engineering and data analytics roles to marketing and operations, and IntegriChain doesn’t plan on slowing down their hiring anytime soon.
“At this stage, we are really recruiting for every department,” says Caroline McDonough, Human Resources Business Partner. “[It speaks to] how fast we are growing and how much we are hiring.” Many of the company’s recent hires were internal promotions, placed in new jobs that matched their talents and ambitions. Putting it simply: this company is rapidly growing.
What are some of the defining/unique characteristics of the office?
IntegriChain’s offices are an open collaborative space where senior executives and employees sit intermixed together on the floor. The company boasts an “open-desk” policy for everyone, which further emphasizes the sense of collaboration from top to bottom.
What new projects has the IntegriChain team been working on?
IntegriChain recently launched a new data and analytics offering called Speciality Analytics, which provides insights to specialty pharmaceutical companies so they can make better business decisions for patients. These data sets then help the companies get a drug to a patient more easily, with fewer hurdles, especially critical, for example, for life-saving medication for someone battling cancer.
In the aftermath of natural disasters like the historic flooding in Houston, wildfires in California, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and any likely oncoming blizzards this winter, the team is in the midst of designing a new natural disaster solution set (basically, a set of useful data and analytics derived from that data). This data report will help pharmaceutical manufacturers get medications to patients in areas hit by natural disasters where pharmacies might be closed and the supply chain disrupted.
How do you support an emphasis on pairing employees with engaging products from a corporate level?
The open-concept seating arrangement, where data analysts and software engineers sit next to C-level excess, helps foster a sense of collaboration and an organic workflow. It makes diverse conversation, teamwork, and problem solving a part of every work day.
Additionally, managers at IntegriChain pay attention to what staffers are interested in, as these areas are usually where they excel. Matching talent and experience helps company execs ensure that employees are assigned to projects that truly interest them.
George GreenBase Data ManagerGeorge Green has been with the company for 2.5 years and was recently promoted to Base Data Manager. Prior to IntegriChain, he spent six years in the Navy as an Arabic linguist. Regrettably, he still wakes up as early as he did in his Navy days. Read More »
“I’ve learned just how important communication is. It’s been the one common themes in each job I’ve had here.”
Jaclyn SpicerSr Dir of Customer OperationsA Midwestern transplant, Senior Director of Customer Operations Jaclyn Spicer has made Philadelphia her home for the past five years. Read More »
“I would describe [the team] as diverse. I would describe them as hardworking. I would describe them as innovative. They’re looking to be a factor in where this organization goes.”
Molly NagamuthuSr Software EngineerA senior software engineer, Molly Nagamuthu has been with the company for more than three years. Her other passion – apart from healthcare tech – are flea market flips, which she takes on with her children. And yes, she keeps them all. Read More »
“I’ve never been bored, not a day. And that’s important – it keeps me alive. There is something that we are going for all the time. The company is growing, thinking about new innovations, or how to do things better.”
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