ADVANCING PATIENT CARE
A conversation with Stephen
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I went to Thaddeus Stevens in Lancaster and studied machine tool technology, which is a 2-year associate degree in applied science. I learned all the machines from CNC mill to CNC lathe. After Stevens, I knew I wanted to work in a trade because I liked working with my hands.
What appealed to you about a career as a CNC machinist in the prototype shop?
I like that there is always something new and different—a constant variety in what is being made. It’s satisfying making things that help people move and get around, and that impact people.
I like the collaboration with the engineers and figuring out the “why” of a product and what it does. The team I work with is very supportive and I’m shadowing with two very helpful guys.
What was your experience like after graduating?
I worked for Intricate Precision Manufacturing in Lancaster for 7 years before coming to Globus. I started as an operator, then became a full machinist. This means I had to know a variety of mill, lathe, and wire. Then I became head machinist for 2.5 years.
How did you hear about Globus?
A Globus recruiter found me on Indeed. Globus work stands out, and the company is awesome. I don’t like monotony, and at Globus nothing is done twice over—the work is always changing and there’s constant collaboration with the engineers.
What interests you about being a Model Maker?
I am able to work with engineers to learn the details of how Globus products are made and changed. I can contribute to the actual development of parts.
What do you like about Globus?
Globus is an excellent company to work for. Employees are treated well, and there is a great supportive team approach. It’s always a group effort bouncing ideas off each other and giving and getting feedback.
What is the best thing about your job?
In the prototype shop I work with cutting-edge technology, both in parts development and customs. The shop at Globus is well maintained and the machines are newer rather than old. I was looking for a place with high standards for their machines, and Globus takes care of their machines.
What makes Globus different than other manufacturing facilities? How does Globus stand out?
I would have to say it’s that Globus makes so many parts in-house. It’s awesome to know exactly what the part is doing, where it’s going, and the engineers who worked on it.
Globus is willing to teach machinists fresh out of school, which is hard to find in the machining world, and the machine shop is very supportive of new hires. There are very few places willing to teach the trade the way Globus teaches the trade.
A conversation with Shelby
Where did you go to school?
I recently graduated from Drexel University with a major in product design.
How did you select Globus for your co-op?
Before college, I was interested in pursuing a career designing prosthetics for amputees. I knew that I wanted my co-op to relate to design, anatomy, and medical innovation in order to have more exposure to the field. After researching orthopedic companies, I found Globus through Drexel’s engineering portal.
Initially, I was nervous knowing that I would be one of the few people applying to the job who did not have “traditional” engineering training even though I supplemented my design program with additional biological science and human ergonomics courses. However, I was inspired and grateful upon my first meeting with the team when I saw that the members were intrigued by the skills I had to offer. After my interview, Globus felt like a warm and welcoming environment, where learning and growth is encouraged, so I knew it was the place for me. I became ecstatic over how cool “designing spinal implants” sounded.
What did you like best?
Two things I enjoyed the most were the workplace culture and the variety of projects I was exposed to. I felt that I had real connections with my coworkers, not only with my team, but throughout the company as a whole. I was treated as an individual, not only an “intern.” I also liked the amount of responsibility and access to a variety of projects I received. I worked on redesigns for instrument and display cases for new launches, improved my technical drawing skills, learned realistic model making (including 3D printing, material studies, and tolerance stacks), designed demo kits, and more.
How did you decide to pursue a career at Globus?
After completing my co-op cycle, I knew I wanted to continue my career at Globus after my senior year and was fortunate enough to work part time at Globus during that time. Not only did I continue learning more about the technical and realistic side of being a project engineer, but I also grew more as a person and learned how to mature in a workplace environment. Seeing how much I grew in just a year, I became even more excited at the thought of working full time at Globus—I knew I wanted to stay. I continued working as hard as I could to impress the boss (smile), to show my ambition and determination to become the best I could be. As Drexel always says, “Ambition Can’t Wait!”
What are you most looking forward to?
I am always looking forward to learning more from others, and of course to getting my own project! I am also looking forward to working directly with surgeons. I feel that I have been trained well through my major and have a comprehensive understanding of human factors. Having spent a year at Globus so far, I would like to incorporate the emotional and mental aspect of those factors to help ensure that at the end of the day, decisions made are in the eyes of bettering the patient’s life.
What advice do you have for students navigating through school and doing well in their co-ops?
When it comes to finding a co-op, be ambitious! I was one of the only students applying for a job that was posted for engineering majors. Don’t let anyone tell you “no” or that you can’t do it! Apply for what you want, and what feels right. Start your search early, and do your research! Know the morals and ethics of the company, and consider how you will gain from the company both academically and professionally.
When it comes to doing well in your co-op, show initiative. Show that you are always there to help, and make sure your tasks are done on time. Be positive! Understand that it takes time to learn new things, and every part of your co-op experience is a learning experience. Last but definitely not least, be respectful! You certainly want to enjoy your environment and be social, but being professional in your workplace is very important. When talking to others, actively listen. Be willing to make deeper connections with coworkers, network, and learn other disciplines. Understand that ultimately, it does not matter how good you are if you cannot connect and work well with others.
A conversation with Laura
What were you doing before you joined Globus?
I began my spine career in 2005 in Charleston, SC with Synthes Spine as a Sales Consultant and transitioned to a Senior Sales Specialist with Depuy Synthes after the merger. I joined Globus Medical in 2016 as a Spine Specialist with the 4Spine distributorship in South Carolina.
What interested you most about joining the Globus team?
The people within the 4Spine distributorship were my personal draw to Globus. They were always extremely professional, well respected, and one of the best clinical support teams in our area. Even though we were fierce competitors for many years, at the core of everyone’s business was providing the best spinal implant solutions.
It was very clear that Globus Medical was the only company who constantly innovated, year after year. I wanted to be a part of the team. Though the Charleston market was essentially at max capacity with spine sales representatives, 4Spine hired me. The hospital systems that I covered supported my move and transition. It was a very difficult decision but one I do not regret. I joined the 4Spine team and they welcomed me with open arms. I can honestly say I truly felt a part of a stellar team. We all put the interest of the patient first. The respect toward each other and our teamwork were unmatched by any other company I had worked for.
My transition to the Sales Training department presented an opportunity for growth within the company. I wanted to use my experience to help others—especially those new to the spine world—cultivate their individual territories. I hoped to use my 14 years of experience in medical devices to add value to the department. I thoroughly enjoy working with sales individuals and hope my interest and support in their growth are sincerely well-received.
What are you most excited about with the future of the training team?
The future is bright for Globus Medical. We are constantly evaluating our course curriculum to improve the program. The training team continues to develop a comprehensive training platform that provides continuous education and offers the best clinical solution for surgeons and their patients.
I’m most excited for the integration of ExcelsiusGPS® with the Surgimap® infrastructure in our spine portfolio to advance the future of computer assisted surgery. I’m looking forward to the collaboration of the INR team and sales representatives to deliver excellent patient outcomes.
What is the best place you have traveled to and why?
I have traveled to many places within the United States and abroad. Each location includes great memories and is unique in its own way. However, it is the people I travel with who make it memorable. I love to travel with my family and friends. I really enjoy the excitement and mystery of what my family and I can explore.
A conversation with Josh
What is your role at Globus?
I maintain production within the wire EDM department. EDM is the manufacturing process where we obtain a desired shape by using electrical discharges or sparks. Whether it’s for production parts, new fixtures, or upcoming developments, I oversee a production schedule, certify precise measurements, and manage task completion in a timely manner.
What do you find the most challenging at Globus?
The most challenging aspect for me is programming. Programming for the wire EDM, or any machine, can be very tedious and takes discipline. Luckily, I have a phenomenal manager and supervisor who help me continuously strive for success. I’m still a beginner at programming, but I believe that the challenge is what makes me work hard to learn more.
What do you like most about working at Globus?
As a company and a team, we are helping people. There isn’t a better career than helping someone else. The fact that I help to produce a product that can advance patient care is an amazing feeling. There’s a lot of respect in Globus Medical and in the products that we deliver.
How is Globus advancing patient care?
Globus Medical is an international company that constantly produces new ideas and products for more than just spinal disorders. The company is always looking ahead to help create new technologies for people in need of musculoskeletal solutions.
What advice would you give to someone interested in joining Globus?
Take the steps to further your career by joining Globus Medical. Globus appreciates their employees and provides incredible opportunities to grow and learn new things. All members of the Globus Medical team have a deep admiration for what we develop and take pride in knowing what we do is always for the patient.