How can you be a Force for Life?

We understand the work we do has big implications, but we operate as a small organization. One where we get to know each other, respect each other, have each other’s back, and treat one another fairly. We’re committed to the personal and professional growth of every person in the organization through development, motivation, and professional rewards.

We tackle tough problems with determination and humor. We strive for excellence and are committed to planned and well-managed change. We encourage open debate and the free expression of ideas: we delve into concepts, challenge hypotheses, and support fresh thinking.

Is Ionis for you?

Ionis Culture and Core Principles


Employees are rewarded individually, based on their contributions, with no artificial limits imposed. We recognize achievements with salary increases, stock awards, promotions, and bonus opportunities.

Our highly competitive benefits include:

In the U.S.

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Medical, dental and vision plan options

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401k plan – 100% company match on first 5% of employee contributions

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Stock options/RSUs and Employee Stock Purchase Plan

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3 weeks’ vacation, 19 paid holidays, 2 weeks available sick time, and 2 days volunteer time off

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Flexible spending accounts for health and dependent day care needs

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Life, AD&D and Long-Term Disability insurance coverage options

Outside the U.S.*

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Company Paid Health Care

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Pension/Retirement Contributions

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Stock options/RSUs

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Annual Leave and Bank/Country Holidays

* Benefits vary slightly based on jurisdictions/countries

Transparency in Coverage

This link leads to the machine readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.

Investments in You

Ionis’ training and development programs were designed to help employees gain important Ionis knowledge and develop the skills to be successful. All of our trainings, from new hire through senior leader, are focused on the Ionis Culture and Core Principles and learning what we mean when we say: “Working the Ionis Way.”

We empower our employees to build rewarding careers at Ionis, driven by a Culture of Yes that encourages personal and professional employee growth. Ionis offers robust training opportunities with course offerings and events available to every employee regardless of level or function. In addition, employees also have access to the Ionis Learning and Development Library which houses important information on career growth and planning. By supporting our employees, we know that each professional development milestone moves us closer to achieving success for our patients.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

We seek and employ the best qualified people for every position, striving to provide opportunities for advancement. We reward based on accomplishment and responsibility. It is the policy of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to provide equal opportunity in employment throughout the corporation for all qualified applicants and employees without discrimination against any person because of a person’s race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and breast feeding), national origin, ancestry, gender identity, gender expression, legally-protected medical condition, physical or mental disability, age, military or veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable law.

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Ionis: a force for life

With the right people, the right science, and our unwavering commitment to innovation, Ionis continues to transform the lives of patients.

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Transformative technology

We are the leading innovator in discovering and developing RNA-targeted therapeutics. Our efficient, broadly applicable, drug discovery platform called antisense technology can treat illnesses where no other therapeutic approaches have proven effective or ever existed.

Learn more about our novel innovations