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It’s a great time to be a pharmaceutical sales rep. Our 2018 Pharmaceutical Sales Salary Report found that 80 percent of employees in these roles are satisfied with their job. The compensation is very competitive, there are great benefits, and many of the companies in this field are doing exciting and innovative work.

If you want to find the right pharmaceutical sales job for you, it’s important to learn more about the top organizations in the industry. Luckily, the Reputation Institute recently released a report rating over 2,600 pharma companies during the first quarter of 2018.

The report quantified the emotional bonds stakeholders have with these companies. Then it looked at how these connections lead to supportive behavior like purchasing company products, recommending the brand, and wanting to work there.

Now let’s take a deeper look at some of the top companies and see what really stands out about them. And good news, they’re all hiring for pharmaceutical sales jobs.

1. Sanofi — Headquarters: Paris, France; U.S. location: Bridgewater, NJ

This is a monster of a company employing over 100,000 employees worldwide, and 14,000 employees in the U.S. alone. They did over $40B in sales in 2017, with most of their business coming from general medicines and emerging markets. Sanofi has a wide range of products from cough and cold medicines to cancer treatments to vaccines.

How the company stands out

While many pharma companies are viewed as cold and driven solely by profits, Sanofi shows heart. Despite its size, the company has a corporate responsibility program that works toward goals like increased access to healthcare around the globe. Leadership has also made an environmental pledge and, as a result, company energy consumption is down 13.6 percent since 2010.

2. Genentech — Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Genentech defines their purpose as “doing now what patients need next.” The focus is predominantly on treatments for serious or life-threatening illnesses. The company has five locations in the U.S. Aside from conducting cutting-edge research, Genentech is also dedicated to educating patients and the general public about diseases and their risk factors.

How the company stands out

Genentech is a prime example of a forward-thinking company. The organization is focused on developing the next generation of healthcare employees by offering internships, fellowships, doctorate programs. They offer hands-on learning experiences for everyone from scientists to MBA students. They’re also building a more diverse and inclusive workforce. They have enacted plans to bring more women into leadership roles and recruit military veterans.

3. Celgene — Headquarters: Summit, NJ

With 21 locations just in the U.S., Celgene has managed its team under a strong combination of vision, values, and purpose. Currently, its products are involved in more than 300 critical trials, with most of them working on cancer treatments.

How the company stands out

Celgene is proud to admit that it would be nothing without its employees. It doesn’t matter if the employee is developing a life-changing cancer drug or an administrative assistant, part of the organization’s foundation is valuing what every individual contributes to their mission.

4. AbbVie — Headquarters: Chicago, IL

AbbVie has seen a huge surge in its success thanks to its most popular product, Humira. The latest drug juggernaut accounts for 60 percent of the organization’s sales. AbbVie has won multiple best place to work awards and has over 29,000 employees worldwide.

How the company stands out

Understanding the importance of staying healthy, AbbVie has a comprehensive benefits package that addresses multiple aspects of employees’ physical and mental health. The organization offers on-site health screenings, generous parental leave (even for adoptions), concierge services, childcare solutions, and so much more.

5. Biogen — Headquarters: Cambridge, MA

Biogen focuses on being pioneers of neuroscience. They currently have products undergoing trials for conditions like Alzheimer’s treatment, Parkinson’s, and Schizophrenia. The core components of the company culture — like patient needs, inclusivity, and accountability — help to motivate and unite employees.

How the company stands out

When Biogen hires an employee, they want to help them build a career. The organization says they want employees to “work fearlessly.” They support that goal by offering an in-depth career planning and development program.

6. Bayer — Headquarters: Leverkusen, Germany U.S. Location: Whippany, NJ

Having decades to grow, Bayer is now one of the most well-known names in pharmaceuticals. They’ve even branched out into crop sciences and veterinary medicine. The company now considers itself a leader in human, animal, and plant healthcare. They offer competitive benefits and have regularly-scheduled checks to ensure employees are paid fairly.

How the company stands out

Bayer was the only company on this list to mention a key, but often overlooked, aspect of pharmaceuticals: listening. They’re not trying to develop products and then tell customers they need them. Instead, the company is actively working to learn about people’s needs and finding ways to help them overcome those challenges.

What are some other great companies looking to fill pharmaceutical sales jobs? Share in the comments.

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