Mission: To make healthcare better. Vision: To be the world’s leading medical technology company.
WHEN HOMER STRYKER, an American orthopaedic surgeon, set up this company in 1941, one of its first products was a cutter to remove plaster casts without damaging the skin beneath. Now it has grown to produce sophisticated devices that allow neurosurgery to be performed with as little trauma as possible.
At its UK subsidiary, based in Berkshire, vice-president and managing director Peter Bradley heads a 445-strong workforce that understands the role it plays in improving patient outcomes. Working here, people say, is an important part of their lives, an 87% positive score, ranking second on our list. Staff also feel they can make a valuable contribution to Stryker’s success (90%, third).
Last year the firm introduced two year-long education courses — one for sales and one for head-office staff — for motivated individuals who wish to move into management. Support is also available for those keen to pursue external qualifications such as masters degrees.
New managers complete two levels of face-to-face training programmes that cover topics such as engagement and setting objectives, with 360-degree feedback from colleagues. An internal coach then creates bespoke plans for further development. Employees appreciate this approach, feeling their managers regularly express appreciation for good work (85%, fourth) and truly care about them as individuals (83%, sixth).
This company prides itself on hiring exceptional people and treating them with respect. The feeling is clearly mutual, as they say they love working for Stryker (84%, seventh).
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