KALAMAZOO — Stryker Corp. has been named one of the top 100 companies to work for in the United States by Fortune magazine.
The Kalamazoo-based medical products and technologies company was ranked No. 68 by the business magazine, its first time making the list, according to Tamara Cutler, vice president of public affairs for Stryker.
"We believe that we have a very special spirit at Stryker, and it is great to see this spirit acknowledged publicly," Stephen P. MacMillan, Stryker's chairman, president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. "Our employees’ efforts every day make Stryker the organization it is."
In response to the question “What makes it (the company) so great?” (a question the business magazine answered for all the companies in its listing), Fortune wrote: "The medical device maker and newcomer to the list recently retrained every employee in pursuit of quality service and high product standards.”
Stryker is the maker of a wide range of surgical devices, hospital beds and orthopedic implants. Fortune placed the company’s employee roster at 8,389, with 3,039 of those in Kalamazoo County.
"Stryker believes in a strengths-based talent philosophy that brings out the best in our employees and enables them to give their best to our customers, their patients and the communities we serve," said Mike Rude, vice president of human resources for Stryker.
Stryker was ranked No. 64 in terms of how well it pays its salaried employees. Fortune listed the average pay of salaried individuals at the company at $74,343. Of the 100 companies listed, Salesforce.com, the San Francisco-based customer relationship management and cloud computing firm, had the highest average pay for its salaried personnel at $318,323.
Stryker ranked No. 54 in terms of how well it pays its hourly people. Fortune listed that average as $43,015.
The company also noted that Stryker was ranked No. 9 for its use of the employee benefit of telecommuting.
According to information provided by Stryker, two-thirds of a company’s score was based on the results of a survey conducted by Great Place to Work Institute, which worked with Fortune. The institute survey included a random sample of each company's employees, with 311 companies participating in this year’s field of candidates.
The survey asked questions about such things as workers' job satisfaction, company camaraderie and management’s credibility. The balance of the assessment involved each company’s responses to a “culture audit” done by the institute. It included questions about hiring practices, training, internal communications, recognition programs, diversity efforts, and pay and benefit programs.
Topping the overall list of best companies to work for were: SAS, Boston Consulting Group and Wegman Food Markets.
Other Michigan companies (or those with a significant employment in Michigan) included in the 100 Best Companies listing were:
•Plante & Moran, the Southfield-based accounting firm was ranked No. 26, up from 66 in the previous year’s listing. It was estimated to have 504 employees in Southfield and 145 in Auburn Hills.
•Quicken Loans, the Detroit-based home financing company was ranked No. 29. That matches its previous-year listing. It was estimated to have 1,383 employees n Detroit and 492 in Farmington Hills.
•S.C. Johnson & Son, the Racine, Wis.-based, family-owned cleaning-products maker was ranked No. 70, up from 83 in the previous listing. It was estimated to have 396 workers in Bay City.
The magazine’s 14th annual survey of top-rated workplaces in the United States is to appear in its Feb. 7 issue but can be seen at fortune.com/bestcompanies.
By Al Jones