Shionogi's hiring reps, but experience is a deal-breaker

Here's a dramatic irony for you: Japanese drugmaker Shionogi wants to staff up in sales. But the thousands of drug reps who've been laid off over the last few years need not apply. Shionogi won't consider hiring anyone who already has pharma-sales experience.

As BNet Pharma reports, the pay package on offer seems designed to attract the inexperienced: $40,000 to $41,000 in salary, plus a potential $17,000 to $19,000 bonus. Of course, that's better than no sales job at all, but it's not the level of pay pharma reps are used to. BNet figures that barring experienced reps is a cost-savings move. Pharmalot, on the other hand, wonders whether Shionogi wants to make sure it doesn't hire sales people who've picked up bad habits elsewhere.

Shionogi does offer one opportunity for experienced pharma reps. It's hiring sales supervisors, and they're allowed to have resumes with drugmaker names on them. Salary: $100,000 to $110,000.

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