As a field systems analyst, it's Randi Gilbert's job to monitor GE Healthcare's drug sales of the almost 200 pharmacies that manufacture and distribute them. She invoices their customers--hospitals and doctors--and audits their books to make sure they are reporting sales properly. She also spends a good part of the day dealing with billing issues. But high energy number crunching and customer service is all in a day's busy work to Randi. "I was considering a sales career so I thought it was a good idea to get behind the scenes working for a national sales director," she says.
Randi, 24, started with the company three years ago as an administrative assistant temp. GE hired her full time so she applied for the job of contract coordinator, typing contracts and distributing them. She was promoted to field systems analyst a year and a half ago.
She earned a BA in Sociology from the University of Delaware. "I thought about what I wanted to do towards the end of college, and sales was a possibility," Randi explains. "There are a lot of opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry as far as sales and marketing. I have a desk job but still get to visit the field once a month for three days. I've been to Memphis, Dallas and St. Petersburg, Florida..."
Randi works out of the Princeton office and says some extra benefits of working for GE include using the gym every day and flexible summer hours.