Bristol-Myers Squibb

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
473 Reviews
3.8
473 Reviews
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Bristol-Myers Squibb CEO & Director Lamberto Andreotti
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Significant work life balance opportunities with flexible hours or work location (in 78 reviews)

  • Supportive work environment, emphasis on expanding skill set, caring matrix management (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance gets a lot of talk but they are not walking the walk (in 12 reviews)

  • Very slow decision making by senior management (in 17 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place but Pharma has its issues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    technology is up to date. good benefits and pay

    Cons

    its Pharma, not a great industry to be in especially if you are selling to primary care.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Experience at BMS in general was positive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Lawrenceville, NJ

    I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    New management and restructuring focused on translational research is a strong positive.
    New immune checkpoint inhibitors for cancer therapy will bolster BMS.

    Cons

    Pervasive passive-aggressive behaviors.
    Difficult to get solid commitment for new pursuits by upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide transparency on approval structure, particularly so now with new management--this is an opportunity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very good working enviroment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Master Scheduler in Humacao, PR
    Current Employee - Master Scheduler in Humacao, PR

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Technological challenges, new opportunities, good management

    Cons

    Slow decision making, too many tribes, and a slow procurement department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, good vacation, training, opportunities for advancement. I gained most of my career experience and knowledge at this company. Internal job postings and training provide plenty of opportunites, although they might not be in your own dept. There is a feeling that they truly value their employees.

    Cons

    Sometimes it seemed like it was more of who you know than what you know as far as promotions are concerned, but it was not the norm.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Excellent place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BI & Data Analysis Manager in Guaynabo, PR
    Current Employee - BI & Data Analysis Manager in Guaynabo, PR

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is one of the best places to work with excellent people, dynamic and creative coworkers and great place to grow inside the organization.

    Cons

    Being on a regulated pharmaceutical company, the industry in general in bureaucratic, slow pace in general and conservative in some cases but, among all the pharmaceutical companies, this has been the best place I have worked with which I'm extremely comfortable with everything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The NACC in Tampa is an awesome place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    BMS offers a chance to help develop and deliver treatments for the most serious diseases. I appreciate having a direct line of sight between what I do and the patients we serve. The benefits are good, the people I work with in Tampa are great, and I'm really excited about the future of the company. The leadership team has come through on their promises and are a joy to work with.

    Cons

    Some of the business processes are rocking state of the art thinking from the 1990's. It can be difficult to get offsite people to collaborate on making the process better, and there seems to be particular push back on increasing visibility and accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training opportunities on the technical side would be nice. A lot of the existing training focuses on 'soft' skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Strong Pipeline, Good Compensation but lots of turmoil, turnover and politics.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Plainsboro, NJ

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong Pipeline and Strategic Vision
    Decent compensation

    Cons

    Execution is difficult, lots of process and politics, need for extensive buy-in is cumbersome.
    Top Heavy - too many Chiefs not enough Indians
    Lots of restructuring going on to support Specialty Biopharma
    Layoffs, unpredictable work environment.
    Personal vendettas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eager about acquiring outside talent, then sidelining them to maintain the status quo.
    Leadership changes and constant cleaning house of :"old regime" don't create an environment where it is safe or desirable to speak up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I am very happy to be part of the Bristol-Myers Squibb community.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Pennington, NJ
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Pennington, NJ

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The culture and drive for innovation at Bristol-Myers Squibb is exceptional. The employees are very diverse and extremely helpful and kind.

    Cons

    Moving in between departments and establishing a career as a full-time employee comes with challenges, but is worth all of the work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping Bristol-Myers Squibb employees happy and satisfied is a great part of the culture here. This really helps the employees enjoy their work and drive for innovation in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Sales representative

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very professional, very fair company. Give representatives a great deal of independence. Regular salary reviews and good bonuses. Small sized manageable territories

    Cons

    Hard to get to know people in company because it is so large

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunities for employees to get to know each other.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Professional, Top notch Pharma and Biotech company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart People, Good work life balance

    Cons

    Big Pharma hangover, old timers still handging around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate old timers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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