Great company to work for, but tough industry to be in.
Pros: company benefits, free lunches, independence, relationships with customers
Cons: industry regulations, customer rejection, the feeling of being micromanaged
Life as a pharmaceutical rep is fun, challenging, and sometimes a bit mundane. It requires a lot of self-motivation to keep it exciting, unless you are undergoing product launches and nationwide corporate initiatives.
They recruit top talent within management and I've been fortunate to have two wonderful managers. However, your work/life balance and – more... relative happiness level on the job is largely indicative of your manager's management style. It is incredibly fun to work in a team environment, unless your team is wrought with egos or indifference. Again, I've been lucky to be a part of great, top-performing teams.
The hardest part of the job is the pressure to consistently exceed quota and interact with challenging customers on a regular basis. The most enjoyable part of the job is to own a territory that is performing well and to call on customers with whom you've established very close relationships. – less