• Monday, May 11th, 2015
Medical Device Job Interview QuestionsPosted in Medical Device Business by Qmed Staff


When it comes to best places to work in the medical device industry, Stryker and Johnson & Johnson score well in online rankings. But are there even better medical device workplaces lurking out there?

Stryker was the top pure-play medtech firm listed in a Fortune roundup of 100 companies that were deemed to be the most employer-friendly in the United States. For what it’s worth, Stryker has s far received the most votes in an informal poll of Qmed readers (the poll is still open; link below) and also managed to be the only pure-play medtech firm to make it into the Glassdoor 2015 Employees’ Choice Awards (Note: Qmed summarized the results of those awards, adding to them tech companies that hire medical device talent.) Stryker came in at number 61 overall in the Fortune list, after having ranked 80 in last year’s roundup.

A number of companies with some involvement in the medical device industry made the Fortune list, including W. L. Gore & Associates (coming in at 21 in the list), which makes surgical fabrics, vascular grafts, and interventional devices. Gore, however, is a rather diversified company, making products for applications ranging from textiles to chemical processing.

Over on career site Glassdoor.com, Johnson & Johnson has the highest rating among medical device companies. With an average score of 3.5 out of 5, the company is praised for having a friendly work atmosphere and an effective CEO in Alex Gorsky. In all, 88% of the reviewers approve of Gorsky’s leadership. The company’s Ethicon division has a separate division with a slightly higher ranking of 3.6 out of 5.

With an average Glassdoor ranking of 3.4 out of 5, Medtronic is not far behind on J&J. About 83% of reviewers approve of the company’s CEO Omar Ishrak. The company offers competitive pay and rewards hard work, according to reviewers. More negative reviews, however, fault the company’s cost containment efforts and slowness in adapting to changing market demands.

Stryker also has a ranking of 3.4 on the site and is praised by many reviewers for its supportive culture.

In any case, the medical device firm rankings on Glassdoor are fairly narrow, only including a handful of companies. So we invite you to weigh in: The editors at Qmed also invite you to informally nominate your employer as the best to work for. There’s no cost to participate in the latter survey, which is limited to medical device firms.

Update: Below, you’ll find a list of the companies nominated by fellow medical device professionals along with their rationale for being nominated when it was given:

  • Abbott Laboratories.
  • Applied Medical Resources. “Fast growing, great R&D budget with unlimited funds, outstanding culture of engineers and people who care to make a difference. Owner managed company makes a big difference. If you excel, you are well compensated.”
  • Bayer HealthCare.
  • Cochlear. “Open communication culture.”
  • Intuitive Surgical. “Great employee culture; hands on, supportive management and innovative products.”
  • Johnson & Johnson. “Friendly environment and lots of smart people.” “It’s driven by its credo values.”
  • Medline Industries, Inc. “Overall Leadership, opportunity, and Ethics.”
  • Medtronic. “Timeless mission, patient-first decision making, community involvement, long-term strategy.”
  • Merit Medical. “Growing company (double digit growth YoY since inception), great leadership that cares about their employees, innovative products that make it easier to sell, upward mobility from within, provide our own healthcare plan and on site physicians office. Employees love coming to work every day.” “The company cares about its employees and creates an environment where everyone if friendly and that makes work enjoyable.”
  • Nipro Diagnostics, Inc. “Exceptional work environment; friendly and cooperative. Accessible and supportive CEO. Good pay and benefits.”
  • Olympus. “Great team worldwide, withstand any crisis, super products.”
  • Spectranetics. “Awesome culture. Fast pace. Great leadership. Clear strategy. Best talent.”
  • Stryker.
  • Terumo. “Commitment to saving lives in all activities.”
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific. “Friendly working atmosphere and employees support programs.”
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