Who are the best surgical device companies to work for in 2020?

Frankie Warder, Account Manager at FMC Global Talent
Frankie Warder, Account Manager at FMC Global Talent

Fresh off the back of 2019, a year of high-profile acquisitions and technological developments (particularly in the surgical robotics arena), 2020 is set to be a big year in the surgical space.

In the midst of all of this are some companies that are really dominating the space, from those that specialise in robotics to those that specialise in spinal products…


Adding to their orthopaedic product portfolio in 2019 by acquiring both wrist and elbow solutions, Acumed are a popular and well-respected choice for those looking for a career in the orthopaedics space.

They are known for having great professional development opportunities and are a company that many people start and grow their careers at. Plus, being a small/medium sized business they have a close-knit, supportive culture that really values team work and progression.

CMR Surgical

What a 2019 CMR Surgical had! From their Versius surgical system being CE marked to installing their first robot in the Galaxy Care hospital in India, their mission to bring MIS to the masses is well on track.

Regularly cited by employees as being a cutting-edge place to work, CMR have also managed to get the balance right between driving innovation through their employees and allowing flexibility to their teams. They’re known for being very people-focused which is a definite pull for talent!

Globus Medical

Globus Medical specialise in the spine, biologics and trauma space and are also entering the robotic space with their ExcelsiusGPS system for spine surgery. Designed to enhance safety and efficiency in operating rooms around the world, the system reduces overall MIS operative time compared to traditional techniques.

They also hold a 9% share of the spinal market and have grown 10.1% in the past year… impressive stuff!

J&J/Verb Surgical

A company that made their way onto Glassdoor’s top companies list, J&J are always a popular choice in the surgical market.

They are setting their sights on the robotics space with a number of acquisitions and partnerships. The Ethicon branch acquired Auris Health, introducing the endoscopic Monarch platform to their portfolio and J&J are collaborating with Google on the Verb Surgical project – a digital surgery platform that combines robotics and data analytics. That’s two of the biggest meditech trends for this year ticked off in one. There’s little wonder J&J are often considered to be at the pinnacle of technological developments.


Medtronic not only has the largest share of the $9billion spinal market at 29% but they are also making waves in the surgical robotics space. They already have the Mazor spinal robot and unveiled their soft-tissue robotic system, the Hugo, in September last year with the aim of having it CE-marked by the start of 2021. Medtronic seem to be setting their sights on the surgical robotics market, with their CEO having a vision that their robotics will ‘change general surgery’.

Known for having exceptional training and development programmes, the opportunity for professional progression makes them popular with candidates. Plus it helps to be working with one of the most well known product portfolios on the market!


Olympus celebrated their milestone 100th year in 2019. One of the biggest and most well-respected surgical device companies, they operate across a wide selection of surgical markets from Surgical Imaging to Urology to Endotherapy. Their market leading Thunderbeat (often the number one choice by surgeons!) and extensive product portfolio is one of the main reason’s candidates are eager to join a brand like Olympus.

Olympus are also known for their company dynamic culture and progression opportunities which helps them to retain and progress their existing talent, whilst attracting new people to the business.


Stryker are one of the most well-known names in the surgical space, and for good reason. In 2019 they acquired Wright Medical to expand their trauma and extremities portfolio, as well as making advances with their MAKO surgical robot for joint replacement.

Brand is one of the biggest pulls for medical device sales talent and Stryker have certainly got this right. They are a huge, established name in the market. Not only this, but they are also known for having excellent work-life balance and they made Glassdoor’s top 100 places to work in 2020.

Zimmer Biomet

Zimmer Biomet are a big player in the Orthoapaedics space, particularly in the spinal market where they have a 5% market share. In 2019 they launched their 3D-printed TrellOss-C system for implants and their mission is to improve musculoskeletal healthcare with their product portfolio.

Not only do they have an attractive product portfolio for talent in the surgical devices market, but they are also hailed as having a great company culture and a passionate team. The opportunity to join a team such as this is always popular with candidates!

FMC Meditech

FMC Meditech place sales, service, QARA, marketing, and clinical individuals into medical device businesses across the world. We have specialist teams working in the diagnostics, surgical, eye care and therapeutics markets.

If you’d like to discuss recruitment plans for 2020 feel free to get in touch with me on francesca.warder@fmctalent.com or +44 (0) 1522 812 455