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Bristol-Myers Squibb Overview

New York, NY
10000+ employees
Company - Public (BMY)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$10+ billion (USD) per year

Working at Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) may be a giant in transition, but its still a pharmaceutical giant. The company's blockbuster cardiovascular lineup includes heart disease drug Plavix and Avapro for hypertension. BMS also makes antipsychotic medication Abilify and HIV ... Read more

Mission: Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global BioPharma company firmly focused on its mission to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines to patients with serious diseases.

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Best Places to Work: 2015 (#40), 2011 (#28)

Bristol-Myers Squibb – Why Work For Us?

Our Company

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

Each day, our employees around the world work together for patients – it drives everything we do. We work every day to deliver innovative medicines for patients with serious and life-threatening diseases.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a differentiated company, led by our unique BioPharma strategy that leverages the reach and resources of a major pharma company paired with the entrepreneurial spirit and agility of a biotech firm.

Our medicines are helping millions of patients around the world in disease areas such as oncology, cardiovascular, immunoscience and fibrosis. Through our R&D organization, we have built a sustainable pipeline of potential therapies and partner with external innovation to broaden and accelerate our work.

We work sustainably, responsibly and seek to give back. Through the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, we promote health equity and strive to improve health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by serious diseases and conditions, giving new hope to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Working with Us

We develop people to perform at their best.

  • Join us and make a difference. We offer an engaging work environment where all are encouraged to pursue innovative ideas, develop leadership capabilities and gain valuable, diverse experiences to shape exciting careers. We hire the best people and provide them with a work environment that places a premium on diversity, integrity, collaboration and personal development. Be part of a global team advancing science to improve the lives of patients with serious diseases.

We are recognized for the work we do.
Innovative on every front.

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb and its employees receive numerous distinguished awards and recognition. We’re proud to be one of the best companies for working mothers and an industry leader in environment, equality, health and safety.

We're looking for people who want to change lives.
Learn and grow with us.

  • We’re seeking bold, focused, innovative and passionate people who bring unique talents and insights to the team’s mission. We are committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining the world’s top, diverse talent so you can pursue innovative ideas and perform your best.

We believe in a culture of inclusion.

  • Through a culture of inclusion, we create a better, more productive work environment. We believe that the diverse experiences and perspectives of all our employees help to drive innovation and transformative business results.

You empower patients. We empower you.
We foster a work experience that enables you to live your life to the fullest potential.

  • You'll find flexible working hours, subsidized daycare, expanded paid parental leave and caregiver benefits, health and wellness initiatives, and comprehensive medical coverage.


We're doing important work.
You believe in patients, we believe in you.

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.
  • Our benefits and compensation provide Total Rewards experiences designed to enrich, empower and engage our employees at every stage and milestone of life. Our Total Rewards experience enriches your life today and engages and empowers you to save, perform, grow, and build toward all of your tomorrows.

Rewards & Recognition

    • We recognize, reward and celebrate those who consistently embody our mission and behaviors to reach above and beyond, driving our business forward. We do this in a few ways:

  • Compensation: Our competitive compensation program aligns with a pay-for-performance culture and an unwavering commitment to the company’s mission. We provide competitive base salaries and significant opportunities to earn variable compensation in the form of annual bonuses and/or stock-based compensation.
  • Recognition Awards: We believe in the power of "thank you“ and celebrating the extraordinary behaviors, efforts and achievements of our employees. With our global Bravo platform, you can recognize fellow employees from across the aisle or around the world, encouraging others to join in through social recognition.

Financial / Savings

  • When you participate in our tax-advantaged 401(k) plan, we match your contribution dollar-for-dollar up to 6% of eligible pay for U.S. employees. (excludes employees who participate in a collective bargaining agreement)

Time off

  • Extended Time Off: For extended absences, paid and unpaid leaves, we offer extended time away from work so you can focus on what is important to you, such as adoptions, family and parent care. Our policies are designed to be inclusive of the diversity of families at all life stages and to help you bring your best energy to the important work we do each day for patients.
  • Vacation: Beginning with your hire, we offer three weeks of vacation. Vacation time increases to four weeks at five years of service, five weeks at 15 years of service and six weeks at 25 or more years of service.
  • Holidays: Nine fixed holidays and four optional holidays for celebrations that are meaningful to you.
  • Sick Time: Paid time off for illness, and short-term and long-term disability plans for an extended absence mean you can focus on one thing: healing.

Life, Work & Family

    • Our benefits extend to all employees’ spouses, both opposite-sex and same-sex, as well as children.

  • Flexible Ways of Working: We offer the opportunity to explore creative approaches to work that can help you be more effective and still meet business results. The company’s goal is to offer flexible options to better serve employees’ diverse needs and enhance bottom line results. Flexible hours, summer hours and work from home options offered at most U.S. based offices.
  • Childcare Onsite: On campus full-time, part-time, back-up daycare, and summer camp programs available at many of our larger offices.

Health & Well-Being

  • Health Care & Employee Health Services: We provide competitive medical and dental plans as well as our Living Life Better wellness program and, at our larger campuses, onsite employee health services that offer annual health screenings, flu shots, travel advice, job-related medical surveillance.
  • Living Life Better: To support steps to a healthier life, we offer a web-based wellness platform that provides a number of health resources including online and telephonic health coaching, with the opportunity to earn wellness incentives through healthy actions.
  • Fitness Centers: Available for membership at our larger campuses, fitness centers provide a wide range of workout equipment and classes.
  • Pharmacy Benefits: When you enroll in one of our medical plans, pharmacy benefits are included.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb (Cincinnati, OH) in April 2014.


    Met hiring manager at hotel in atrium for interview following an in-depth phone screening regarding my past experiences in pharmaceutical sales. The interview was about an hour and fairly formal. They appeared to be looking for a lot of tenacity, existing relationships to sell a challenging product.

    Interview Questions

    • One thing they asked was for me to describe a time I disagreed with a manager or colleague and how I handled it, what was the outcome   Answer Question
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards & Accolades

  • America's Top Corporations for Multicultural Business Opportunities,, 2012
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
  • Most Admired Companies in Research Science, Black Engineer & Information Technology, 2010
  • Top Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives, 2012
  • Top 500 Green Companies(#8), Newsweek, 2009
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