Working at Santen USA

Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Santen USA is home to regional and global teams in pharmaceutical research and development, operations, and support functions. Since Santen USA’s establishment in 1992 in Northern California, our presence now includes sites in Miami, Florida and Goleta, California where we manufacture medical device products for global markets.

Our activities advance innovative treatments and diagnostics within eye health and are driven by our core value in people-centricity. With our global initiative, In Service of Patients, we are continuously learning and actively partnering with patients throughout every step of the research and development process. We also have partnerships with academic institutions and start-up companies.

Our People and Culture


Our employees bring their unique strengths across a variety of roles. We are energized by the opportunity to build a legacy while drawing from the rich heritage of our Japan headquarters which began in 1890. Our work environment is one where you have the opportunity to work broadly, to share your ideas and insights, and to speak out and be heard. We take pride in providing a diverse and inclusive work environment to meet you where you are in your career and life.

Here at Santen, we each share the passion for science and a commitment to our global mission for a future where permanent vision impairments are a thing of the past. Many of us at Santen know someone with an eye health condition and we understand how it can feel like everything in life is possible again when vision is improved. A career with Santen is where you will see a future full of opportunity to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. 

Our Benefits

At Santen, people are at the heart of everything we do. We want you to thrive in a supportive and inclusive environment where you can feel connected to our purpose dedicated to advancements in eye health. While they vary by location and position, here is an overview of what you can look forward to when you join us at Santen USA.

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Health & Well-Being

Free employee coverage to our HDHP medical plan with a generous employer contribution to the HSA in addition to healthcare, dental, life and disability insurances. Vision coverage is provided free of cost.

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Financial Planning

Company match up to 5% in our 401(k) plan. Access a tax-advantaged FSA to help manage out-of-pocket cost and 529 College Savings Plan at no cost.

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Time-off & Flexibility

Generous paid vacation days, sick leave, fixed holidays, and a two-week year-end shutdown for our employees to recharge and stay balanced. Depending on your role, we offer flexible work and hybrid arrangements.

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Family Planning & Support

Fertility services and adoption assistance reimbursement, and parental leave. Our medical, dental and vision coverages are extended to our employees’ dependents.

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Volunteering & Giving

48 paid volunteer hours each year and matched employees’ charitable donations to build inclusive communities.

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Professional Development & Education Assistance Program

Tuition reimbursement as well as learning programs to support our employees’ professional growth and skills-building.

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A Note to Recruiters and Staffing Firms

Please note that Santen USA does not accept resumes or inquiries from recruiting or staffing agencies with which we don’t have a written agreement. All of our employment activities, inquiries, offers, and resumes are managed through our Human Resources department and all candidates are presented through this channel only. We don’t accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from employment candidates.