Founded in 1876, Eli Lilly is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. As expected, the vast majority of their sales force consists of pharmaceutical reps.
They are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ an estimated 38,000 people with approximately 21,000 of those employees located outside of the United States.
With approximately 35,000 employees, Georgia-Pacific is among the world's largest manufacturers of paper and building products. Georgia-Pacific was founded in 1927 and is currently headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia
Founded in 1996, Novartis is one of the most significant players in the pharmaceutical industry, employing approximately 97,000 people in 140 countries. Like Eli Lilly and other large pharmaceutical companies, the majority of the sales professionals are pharmaceutical reps, managers, and sales support.
Started in 1837, Proctor and Gamble have grown into a becoming a household name. P&G considers themselves to be a "family" of products, most targeted towards household goods, cleaning products, and pet foods.
Their sales force is varied but includes many independent and manufacturer reps who place P&G products to retail outlets.
Employing around 57,000 people across the US, Europe and in the Asia-Pacific, AstraZeneca is one of the largest companies in the biopharmaceutical industry. Like any business in the pharma industry, without a highly effective, professional and trained sales force, AstraZeneca would be in serious trouble.
Most everyone knows who Dell is and what they do. What many do not know, however, is that they are one of the largest employers of sales professionals in America.
While Dell uses an expansive network of independent partners, they also employ a very large sales force of their own. While their B2C sales force primarily works as regional Dell support reps in retail stores, Dell has a very large B2B sales force that sells directly to businesses, partners, and governmental agencies.
Leaders in the IT Industry, EMC Corporation, designs and sells both cloud-based and server-based software products. While initially focused on electronic document storage, EMC has expanded their product line to include electronic storage, electronic document routing and retrieving as well as many other solutions geared to improve business processes.
EMC employs their own direct sales force, sales managers, and directors and many product specialists who support the sales of EMC partners.
When most people think of Hewlett Packard (HP,) they think of printers. And while HP is one of the largest, if not the largest manufacturers and distributors of printers for both home and office, HP is involved in much more.
From computers to document scanning solutions, HP products can be found in homes and business around the world.
HP, much like Dell, uses a combination of their own employed sales force, retail stores and HP authorized dealers to sell their products and services. Working directly with HP will find you either as part of their large, direct sales force or selling and supporting the vast network of HP dealers and partners.
Organizations with the Largest Sales Force
There are businesses of all sizes that hire and employ sales professionals. While deciding on a large or small company to sell for is a largely personal decision, there is no question that large businesses offer the most employment opportunities.
For job seekers most interested in selling for large organizations, there is no better place to start looking than to the organizations that employ the largest sales forces.
Whether to serve as part of your job search or just for professional information, this expanding list details the US-based organizations that employ the most sales professionals.