Bristol-Myers Squibb Reviews in Redwood City, CA | Glassdoor

Bristol-Myers Squibb Redwood City Reviews

Updated June 12, 2017
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Redwood City, CA

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Bristol-Myers Squibb CEO Giovanni Caforio
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  • Work/life balance is something that is not always emphasized by senior management (in 30 reviews)

  • Lots of upper management turn over (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Layoffs back to back in several departments"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This review is for Redwood City site.
    Good, not great, compensation
    Mostly friendly people

    Cons

    No frills or perks
    Falling stock and negative media attention
    Constant impending threat of layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Employees feel unsafe working at BMS due to constant layoffs at different sites and departments.
    Stop screwing clinical trials and take a lesson from Merck.
    Do not act based on short-term stock movements


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Best place for lazy people"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, generous vacation time, long maternity leave, great work-life balance, low workload, slow pace, relaxed management, lax or non-existent deadlines, happy workplace

    Cons

    Low pay below industry standards, HR stalls promotions, hard work goes unappreciated, have to accommodate slow co-workers, projects don't move forward

    Advice to Management

    Stop encouraging laziness and introduce bonus structure to reward employees who work hard

  3. "Stimulating work place with great attitude"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, great people, and great environment to grow in the research field.

    Cons

    Benefits could improve, and additional perks when comparing other biopharmaceutical companies.


  4. "Excellent Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard work is rewarded, lots of immuno/oncology research, cool and extremely friendly staff, and a sweet location (Redwood city). Great compensation on top of that! An excellent environment with a mixture of experienced PhD employees and a young crowd of hard and intelligent workers.

    Cons

    No vision insurance. Pension plans were cut. That's pretty much it. If I was in a higher position, maybe I'll say more, but for now, we are keeping busy with lot's of projects.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to expand on the pipeline research so that we can catch up with other companies.


  5. "My experience at Bristol-Myers Squibb has been a relatively positive one."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate IV in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate IV in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We do have a decent pipeline and the Redwood City site seems to be responsible for a better than average amount of the progress. People are generally friendly. The 401K contribution is average, the salary is average to high, and the medical and dental benefits are average.

    Cons

    There is no path for personal development in general. It really depends on which group you are in and whether your supervisor is comfortable with pushing to get things done for you.

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard work, create opportunities for development of lower level employees, and try to be consistent with employee salaries.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Less oversight would be better. Very secure and sometimes happy."

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top of our industry, lots of collaboration and facilities. 401k match, bonus and PTO are excellent.

    Cons

    It seems there are a lot of people and contractors here whose job it is to 'make scientists more efficient' This is no fun, and people make money selling us plasticware tracking software, databases and network groups.

    Advice to Management

    Give us a break and let us into the lab more. Also, stock options for lab people, not just lawyers and business managers. It just goes better for everyone if we have skin in the game. Internal promotions would be nice too.


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