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Abbott Again Named One of the Best Workplaces in Europe

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Abbott Again Named One of the Best Workplaces in Europe05:00 EDT Wednesday, June 20, 2012Great Place to Work Institute® Names Abbott One of the Best Workplaces in Europe for the Third Consecutive YearBERLIN, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Great Place to Work® Institute named Abbott (NYSE: ABT) one of the Best Multinational Workplaces in Europe at its European Awards event in Berlin. The company was specifically honored for workplace leadership in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Norway and Portugal. This is the third consecutive year that the Great Places to Work Institute has named Abbott one of the Best Workplaces in Europe."We're honored to be named once again as one of the Best Multinational Workplaces in Europe," said Eckhard Hofsaess, senior HR director, Europe, Abbott. "In countries across Europe and around the world, we strive to create a workplace that helps employees build extraordinary careers, through work that makes a real difference in improving people's lives."  Across its diverse, global health care businesses, Abbott connects people and their potential through challenging and rewarding opportunities that span the globe. Comprehensive training, mentoring, networking groups and extensive development programs help employees at every phase of their career. Targeted benefits meet the local needs of both employees and Abbott's business in countries around the world, including flexible work options to help employees find success at work and home.Abbott Widely Recognized as a Great Place to WorkIn addition to being recognized as one of the Best Multinational Workplaces in Europe, Abbott has been honored for workplace leadership in more than 25 countries around the world. The company also has been named a top employer for scientists for many years by Science and The Scientist magazines. The company has been included on Working Mother magazine's Best Companies list for 11 consecutive years and on DiversityInc magazine's list of the top companies for diversity for nine years. Additionally, FORTUNE magazine has included Abbott on its "Most Admired Companies" list every year since the list's inception in 1983.About the Best Workplaces in EuropeThe Great Place to Work® Institute Europe selects the Best Multinational Workplaces in Europe from companies that participate in local-country Best Workplaces surveys across Europe. The local country surveys have the same basic methodology that combine the results from the employee survey Trust Index© and the management survey Culture Audit©. The opinion of employees is the most important element of the evaluation.About AbbottAbbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs approximately 91,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.  Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's website at www.abbott.com. SOURCE AbbottFor further information: Colin McBean, +1-847-938-3083; or Fiona Olivier, + 33-1-4560-6977