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The Changing Culture at Stryker

In the last 5-7 years, I have noticed a major shift in the hiring profile and culture at Stryker. The jokes of meatheads is still true but how much longer will it be accepted?

The days of juiced up jocks is slowly coming to an end with more women being hired. Personally I think it is a good thing so do not take this the wrong way. I'm just pointing out that it should not be hard to see how different sales meetings are now compared to 5 years ago. Look around at your NSM's.

The argument is this could only be my division but I don't think so. Stryker is on an acquisition spree and these companies bring in their people and HR at Stryker is hiring much different today.

Slam me all you want. I bet the meatheads will. It is true though.

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HR, Legal and the M&A team run the company. In that order. The salesforce, which is to say the customer, is less of a focus each year because the individual MD is losing their voice in the age of hospital consolidation.

Why? Knees, hips and spines are capitated, the bean counters are growing through operational efficiency and acquisition. Innovation is less and less realistic.

All that said, being a shareholder right now is great. However being a rep at Stryker gets less attractive every year. Great company to sell for when you are young. Almost no grey hairs in their salesforce or management teams.

I personally feel Stryker's best days are behind them, but man they were some great days.

The future of healthcare is in Silicon Valley, not Western Michigan.

The future of healthcare is in Silicon Valley, not Western Michigan.

This.

Which is why real players have innovation and development offices in Silicon Valley. JNJ for one. Stryker is a great company but I wouldn't consider them on the leading edge of healthcare. Maybe that should change?

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HR, Legal and the M&A team run the company. In that order. The salesforce, which is to say the customer, is less of a focus each year because the individual MD is losing their voice in the age of hospital consolidation.

Why? Knees, hips and spines are capitated, the bean counters are growing through operational efficiency and acquisition. Innovation is less and less realistic.

All that said, being a shareholder right now is great. However being a rep at Stryker gets less attractive every year. Great company to sell for when you are young. Almost no grey hairs in their salesforce or management teams.

I personally feel Stryker's best days are behind them, but man they were some great days.

The future of healthcare is in Silicon Valley, not Western Michigan.

Incredibly true...

"Great company to sell for when you are young. Almost no grey hairs in their salesforce or management teams"

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HR, Legal and the M&A team run the company. In that order. The salesforce, which is to say the customer, is less of a focus each year because the individual MD is losing their voice in the age of hospital consolidation.

Why? Knees, hips and spines are capitated, the bean counters are growing through operational efficiency and acquisition. Innovation is less and less realistic.

All that said, being a shareholder right now is great. However being a rep at Stryker gets less attractive every year. Great company to sell for when you are young. Almost no grey hairs in their salesforce or management teams.

I personally feel Stryker's best days are behind them, but man they were some great days.

The future of healthcare is in Silicon Valley, not Western Michigan.

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The same thing happened on my team. My manager was forced to pick his second choice. Read between the lines.

Are regionals really having to do this/deal with this?

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I hate bringing this up because I do love Stryker. Great company, great reps, all the people are great. At the time of my promotion, the team I inherited was all guys. The team was top performing and always finished high in the rankings. Then one of the reps moved to another division as a manager so I had to fill his spot.

My manager was gently nudged by his boss and HR that our region needed more diversity. Basically, hire a female rep. Truth be told, I actually see their point. I think it is important to have people who can bring a variety of thoughts and ideas. A bunch of dudes at a meeting may not be as productive if you mix it up. However, I could not stand the way they did it. I basically had to turn down resumes that I may have interviewed otherwise.

The end of it all, I ended up choosing between and man and a woman who were very closely matched. It was a tough call either way. I ended up going with the woman because of the directive I was given. She is doing great. I sincerely wish it was done differently.

The same thing happened on my team. My manager was forced to pick his second choice. Read between the lines.

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I hate bringing this up because I do love Stryker. Great company, great reps, all the people are great. At the time of my promotion, the team I inherited was all guys. The team was top performing and always finished high in the rankings. Then one of the reps moved to another division as a manager so I had to fill his spot.

My manager was gently nudged by his boss and HR that our region needed more diversity. Basically, hire a female rep. Truth be told, I actually see their point. I think it is important to have people who can bring a variety of thoughts and ideas. A bunch of dudes at a meeting may not be as productive if you mix it up. However, I could not stand the way they did it. I basically had to turn down resumes that I may have interviewed otherwise.

The end of it all, I ended up choosing between and man and a woman who were very closely matched. It was a tough call either way. I ended up going with the woman because of the directive I was given. She is doing great. I sincerely wish it was done differently.

It's always a treat when HR gets involved in the decision making process with hiring.

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Nope. Lots of dudes left at Stryker. I just followed one out of the hospital. Same old bros.


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I hate bringing this up because I do love Stryker. Great company, great reps, all the people are great. At the time of my promotion, the team I inherited was all guys. The team was top performing and always finished high in the rankings. Then one of the reps moved to another division as a manager so I had to fill his spot.

My manager was gently nudged by his boss and HR that our region needed more diversity. Basically, hire a female rep. Truth be told, I actually see their point. I think it is important to have people who can bring a variety of thoughts and ideas. A bunch of dudes at a meeting may not be as productive if you mix it up. However, I could not stand the way they did it. I basically had to turn down resumes that I may have interviewed otherwise.

The end of it all, I ended up choosing between and man and a woman who were very closely matched. It was a tough call either way. I ended up going with the woman because of the directive I was given. She is doing great. I sincerely wish it was done differently.

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The only people unhappy with Stryker are the ones who couldn't hack it. Sorry but true.

Or the people who are only here because Stryker acquired the company they work for. Most aren't culture fits.

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Oh man you guys don't know Stryker! For those who think this is an opportunity to work for Stryker I will tell you that it will not be for most.

Unfortunately, they will chew the reps up and spit them out!

The only people unhappy with Stryker are the ones who couldn't hack it. Sorry but true.

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Oh man you guys don't know Stryker! For those who think this is an opportunity to work for Stryker I will tell you that it will not be for most.

Unfortunately, they will chew the reps up and spit them out!

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Too bad Stryker isn't about the gun show and leg day anymore but rather spray tans and tampons.

Chicks with dicks

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The formula for success is simple. If you're making more money, you can afford more ****. If you do more ****, you have more energy to get **** done. If you get more **** done, you can continue to grow your business and commission checks. Do all that, and everyone will love you more, even your family

If your coming up short on time, just skip leg day. It's all about the gun show anyway.

Too bad Stryker isn't about the gun show and leg day anymore but rather spray tans and tampons.

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The formula for success is simple. If you're making more money, you can afford more ****. If you do more ****, you have more energy to get **** done. If you get more **** done, you can continue to grow your business and commission checks. Do all that, and everyone will love you more, even your family

If your coming up short on time, just skip leg day. It's all about the gun show anyway.

I want to "Like" this post 100 times.

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Too good not to share--

People make the culture but so does how employees are treated.

I know that a lot of people truly enjoy working for Stryker, but it's not a universal experience. I've been here for a little over two years, and I'm trying to find my way out mostly due to how unpredictable schedules can get.

Everybody knows that you can't make enough money if you don't have a large territory, but at the same time, the bigger your territory gets, the harsher it is on your lifestyle.There is no work / life balance after a certain point, it's all about work.

Part of it is probably on me, I should have checked out the business model more before I joined. The company expects a lot from you, and you need to put in hours to achieve the critical goal. Hours that keep growing every week. Some people thrive in these situations, but I actually like spending time with my family.

The formula for success is simple. If you're making more money, you can afford more ****. If you do more ****, you have more energy to get **** done. If you get more **** done, you can continue to grow your business and commission checks. Do all that, and everyone will love you more, even your family

If your coming up short on time, just skip leg day. It's all about the gun show anyway.

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