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The GSK Story


GSK is a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer.

GSK have three global businesses that research, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

In 2018, GSK invested over $7 billion in research and development globally, focusing on science related to the immune system, human genetics and advanced technologies.

The Pharmaceuticals business has a broad portfolio of innovative and established brands with leadership positions in respiratory, HIV and an exciting and innovative pipeline in oncology and immunology.

GSK are the leading vaccines company in the world. Approximately 1 in 4 of the world’s children receive at least one GSK vaccine. The Australian National Immunisation Program ensures that by the time an Australian child starts school, they will have benefited from 9 GSK vaccines, helping to prevent 12 serious infectious diseases including measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, rotavirus, gastroenteritis and diphtheria.

GSK are also the world’s largest consumer healthcare company with a broad portfolio of products spanning across pain relief, specialist oral health, skin health, nutrition and digestion. Australians and New Zealanders probably know GSK best for trusted brands like Panadol, Voltaren, Sensodyne, Advil and Centrum which have become household names.

GSK’s goal is to be one of the world’s most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies.

GSK’s strategy is to bring differentiated, high-quality and needed healthcare products to as many people as possible, with their three global businesses, scientific and technical know-how and talented people.

Here in Australia, GSK employs around 1500 employees, with offices in Melbourne and Sydney, manufacturing sites in Victoria and New South Wales and sales and medical colleagues in all states and territories.

At GSK, creating an inclusive organisation that respects and promotes the diversity of their employees and the communities they serve is a key focus. The very essence of successful scientific innovation relies on diversity of people and thought.

The Culture

GSK’s values and expectations are at the heart of everything they do and help define their culture – so that together they can deliver extraordinary things for their patients and consumers and make GSK a brilliant place to work. GSK’s values are Patient Focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity and its expectations are Courage, Accountability, Development, Teamwork.

In 2017, GSK appointed its first female CEO, Emma Walmsley, a mother of four children. Emma has created a culture that ensures GSK is a place where outstanding people do amazing things. As a science-led global healthcare company, GSK exist to help people do more, feel better, live longer. This special purpose – along with their goal of being one of the world’s most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies – helps them attract some of the best and brightest minds in the world.

“We want to represent the modern world that we live, work and compete in, so every single employee can feel supported when they come to work at GSK, and give the best of themselves every day.” – Emma Walmsley, CEO

Social Contribution

GSK are a responsible company and commit to use their science and technology to address health needs, make their products affordable and available, and for their employees to be their best in and out of work.

Living GSK’s mission starts from within. It is important that employees are proud of the work they do, the company they work for and the contributions they make.

GSK’s focus on people is not just about their staff. GSK work closely with local and global communities to support people who need it most.

Globally GSK work with a number of organisations to provide humanitarian donations to those in need. GSK provided donations to more than 80 countries across the world.

A great example of how GSK live their values and expectations is their partnership with Save the Children. GSK have reached over 2.8 million children in 45 countries, and GSK employees have raised over £3.3m which is matched by GSK.

Since its launch in 2009, GSK’s employee volunteering program, PULSE, has sent more than 705 employees from 63 countries to serve 120 non-profits around the world. It has also provided over $38 million worth of skilled services to their partners.

GSK’s Australian and New Zealand staff volunteered more than 1,200 hours through their corporate volunteering program ‘Orange Day’, supporting community organisations like the Abbotsford Convent, Fareshare, OzHarvest and many others.

The Vibe of the Place

GSK are committed to creating a culture and flexible working environment where your work ‘works’ for you, allowing you to perform at you best. You can expect to find yourself in a respectful, professional, supportive and friendly environment. GSK have a flat structure with accessible leaders who are approachable, visible and accessible. It is not uncommon to see a senior leader playing table tennis with a member of the IBL team. For those interested in it, there are plenty of opportunities for after-hours socialising too. Put simply, GSK’s culture is shaped to motivate you to do your best work, in a place where you can be you, feel good and keep growing.


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