Bristol-Myers Squibb Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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Bristol-Myers Squibb CEO Giovanni Caforio
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Pros
  • Significant work life balance opportunities with flexible hours or work location (in 78 reviews)

  • Challenging and fast paced work environment (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be difficult at times; (in 12 reviews)

  • Have observed negative targeting behavior of senior management towards older employees (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Great Company!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and driven employees, focused leadership, casual but productive environment.

    Cons

    Too much change in too little of a time.


  2. Helpful (1)

    If you fit in, it's great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting work on the cutting edge of pharmaceutical science

    Cons

    Can sometimes be bleeding-edge. Your skill set might quickly become undesireable


  3. Benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great for moms -flexibility and work from home at the highest level of the company

    Cons

    Highly political--leaders surround themselves with a small group of go-to people. You must fit the mold or move on.

    Advice to Management

    Be loyal to those who were loyal to you


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  5. What an amazing company to work for!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Devens, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Devens, MA

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong collaboration between groups (I noticed at a training seminar how rare this is at other companies, but seems commonplace at BMS)
    Boston grade pay but cheaper cost of living in Devens without the horrible daily commute into Boston
    Bonus payout was great last year
    Phenomenal pipeline in many diseases and leader in immuno-oncology
    Management and senior management that seems to truly care about the individual
    Daily reminders on who we really work for...the patient!
    Great co-workers
    Work/life balance
    I love working here...there is a true sense of pride every morning I drive by that BMS sign.
    Was really impressed during my first couple of months here when we were short on hands and our Director came and helped out in the lab for a couple hours. Love that when our VP visits, he not only inspects the lab, but goes into drawers and asks questions about what people are working on (I appreciate they get involved).

    Cons

    They could open up something in the Southeast so I can get away from these winters :)
    Always busy (this isn't a true negative, but it does make focusing time on novel projects or new technologies a lesson in time management)

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the patient and your employees and you will keep your loyal family.


  6. Current Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, 401k, flex. Overall, I am very pleased with the company. Big pharma with small pharma feel.

    Cons

    No offices for many higher level employees.


  7. All things considered, a well-run company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I've worked for a few different pharmaceutical companies, small and large, and BMS is probably the best of the lot. Well-balanced in its approach to business and its people (employees and patients). I would return to BMS if the right opportunity presented itself. Behaviors weigh heavily in the performance management process, as they should.

    Cons

    Honestly, I can't come up with many downsides to working for BMS. There does seem to be a "higher than average" level of change. I know that people say that "change is good" - and I am a firm believer in that concept - but it does seem that BMS may be trying too many things in a short amount of time without letting some of the changes play out to see how the decision making is going.

    Advice to Management

    See the cons above. Give that some thought. Keep focusing on patients and employees. Continue rewarding the right behaviors.


  8. Senior research investigator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for with good benefits and competitive bonus.

    Cons

    Management not always available.


  9. Senior Research Investogator I

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Investigator in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Research Investigator in New Brunswick, NJ

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a good company, with a very good pipeline.

    Cons

    The company keeps reorganizing and this is applicable to the whole pharma industry.


  10. overall great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist I in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist I in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement, benefits, great vacation time allotment, opportunity for tuitition reimbursement

    Cons

    Promotion involves your manager needing to "fight" for you in front of other groups within the department - if you have a manager that doesn't really care, good luck getting a promotion. Hours can change based on experiments run, no overtime pay. Hard to balance work/life sometimes. Getting more responsibilities doesn't necessarily mean a promotion is on the way, just more work for average pay (salary is not that great).

    Advice to Management

    Better way of handling promotions, better management system, better connection to HR, overtime pay would be nice! I always work over 40 hrs per week AND some weekenda and holidays with no reimbursement.


  11. Helpful (1)

    clinical scientist

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance overall

    Cons

    no cons management improved a lot



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