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2012 Best Places to Work in Healthcare Sales Jobs

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Best Healthcare Sales Companies

Survey at a Glance

  • 1,617 survey respondents from the MedReps community
  • 56% prefer to work for medical device or medical equipment company
  • 55% prefer to work for a medium-sized company
  • A solid product offering and strong financials are most important qualities in an employer.
  • Respondents value a competitive compensation structure and an emphasis on work/life balance.

The results are in! Over 1,600 medical sales professionals voted, and Medtronic is officially the Best Place to Work in Healthcare Sales. Last year’s winner, Johnson & Johnson, was a close second, with Stryker coming in third.

Johnson & Johnson Stryker

These three healthcare companies were chosen most often from a list of Fortune 500 companies in the medical/pharmaceutical sectors. But voters also had the chance to write in their preferred company, and considering more than half of all respondents (55%) said they would prefer to work for a medium-sized company, it’s not surprising that many of them did.

This year’s list of winners and honorable mentions features healthcare companies large and small, representing a variety of product specialties – much like the MedReps community itself.

Best Medical Sales Companies by Sector

Once again, the majority of survey respondents (56%) said they would prefer to work for a medical device or medical equipment company, so it’s no surprise that medical device companies came in strong overall. But when broken down by sector, the results get more interesting.

For medical device and equipment, Medtronic was still the winner, but Stryker came in second and Johnson & Johnson third. This can be explained by the fact that many of the votes for J&J were cast by those seeking work in pharmaceuticals, biopharma, and medical supplies, as evidenced by the fact that Johnson & Johnson was voted the first choice for pharma and supplies/disposables, and third for biopharma.

Medical Device/Equipment Sales


Johnson & Johnson


Pharmamaceutical Sales

Johnson & Johnson




Biotech/Biopharma Sales


Biogen Idec

Johnson & Johnson

Med Supplies /Disposables Sales

Johnson & Johnson



Honorable Mentions

Boston Scientific Covidien Forest Pharmaceuticals
GE Healthcare Henry Schein Intuitive Surgical
Novo Nordisk Pamlab Perkins Medical Supply
St Jude Medical Zimmer

From small start-ups to industry giants, medical sales and marketing professionals can find opportunities with a wide variety of healthcare companies. Knowing what you want is critical to every job seeker’s search, but just as important, is flexibility. Not everyone will successfully land Medtronic jobs, Johnson & Johnson jobs, or Stryker jobs, but there are plenty of other growing healthcare companies that offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. The only question is which company is the right one for you?

View healthcare sales jobs from this year’s winners (and more) on!

Now that we know who the winners are, the obvious question is, why? What qualities do these medical companies have that are most attractive to medical sales job seekers?

Next: What Do Job Seekers Want?