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Bristol-Myers Squibb Reviews

Updated April 18, 2018
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Bristol-Myers Squibb CEO Giovanni Caforio
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  • work life balance could be better (in 38 reviews)

  • Transparency of upper management sometimes clouded (in 42 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Dr"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edison, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edison, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company, good salary, 401K benefits, vacation time.

    Cons

    Not located in a great area, NJ rural area is not a great place to live.

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees...


  2. "Solid company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Territory Business Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Territory Business Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pipeline of products

    Cons

    Large sales teams, big pharma environment still exists

    Advice to Management

    Listen, seek advice from team.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time

    Pros

    Patient focus, effectively transforming themselves, a legacy of really nice and smart employees and leaders.

    Cons

    Losing some of the heart and soul as key leaders depart and years of layoffs erode employee engagement.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ice cream truck Wednesdays during the summer and summer hours. Excellent maternity leave policy. The company is a good company overall, but there are just certain departments that are big problems.

    Cons

    People who work hard are continuously overlooked in favor of those employees who are buddies with senior management. People who do the absolute bare minimum are rewarded, while those who go the extra mile don't see it reflected in their annual review or bonus. Employees are aware of rating changes during review calibration that did not accurately reflect performance in order to benefit the "favorites." This seriously hurts morale and has a negative impact on retention. Retaliation is prevalent when complaints are made.

    Management doesn't do a good job communicating, so things tend to be all over the place and expectations can be confusing. Some managers dislike data sharing, meaning that groups often end up doing unnecessary work.

    In addition, there are minimal opportunities to advance within the department (again, unless you have friends in high places).

    Health insurance options are abysmal.

    Science isn't valued as much as would be expected for a company that wants to be a leader in the industry. Many scientists present data without statistical analysis or duplicate experiments and tend to jump to conclusions.

    Cuts to travel budgets mean fewer opportunities to go to conferences. Management has also called for a reduction in the employee recognition system "Bravo," claiming that people are over-rewarded and aiming to reduce reward values for hard work.

    BMS claims to strive for a culture of inclusivity, but kept on a senior employee after multiple complaints were filed for him harassing female employees. Female employees were instead moved.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at the way you're operating and learn how to value employees. Most employees in my department were unhappy in their roles and it's only a matter of time before more of them leave.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great performance, bad culture"

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    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting new oncology innovation. Strong cardiovascular brand. Good pay like most pharma. Easier than CPG marketing (if you don’t mind having zero impact or influence)

    Cons

    Overly political culture. You need to be from sales and over 50 years old to have a say in anything strategic. No upward mobility due to a lack of cutting poor talent. Poor leadership for all the same reasons. If you like being paid too much for no impact, but plenty of political BS, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Allow marketing to actually lead. Delegate decisions or stop calling yourself a flat organization. Fire Marketing Directors who have been in role 10+ years.


  6. "Medical information manager"

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    Current Employee - Medical Information Manager in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Current Employee - Medical Information Manager in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Environment is friendly , coworkers are helpful

    Cons

    Work life balance , re-orgs not done well


  7. "Best company I have worked for"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for, really good work/life balance

    Cons

    Company no longer staying in CT

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Territory Business Manager"

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    Current Employee - Territory Business Manager in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Territory Business Manager in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The co-workers are great people

    Cons

    Too big to get out of their own way

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Materials Management , Devens Ma"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Devens, MA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Devens, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation benefits aren't great but are average for a big company.

    Cons

    Supply chain management team is dysfunctional along with senior workers. Nobody bothers to train you properly with the job function there is a bunch of tribal knowledge workers that keep to them selves in order for job security. Very unsafe environment to work in as management doesn't care how the work get's done warehouse is always a mess. Employees are constantly stealing overtime and management does nothing about it nobody pulls there weight there. I wouldn't recommend working in the warehouse at Devens lower level employee's do all the work where senior workers abuse overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Start investigating what the supply chain personnel are doing most of the day it takes this crew 10 to 12 hrs to do simple tasks especially in the JIT area's they are stealing time from the company its a shame.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Take the good with the bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay for Tampa, smaller office (~500) with a larger company infrastructure (great benefits, etc.). Senior site leader is authentic and cares about people. The mission of serving patients is amazing!

    Cons

    Going through 'vision 2020' which is another way of saying they are downsizing. Career growth is non existent and the employees from NJ think Floridians are uneducated idiots that are only capable of transactional work.

    Advice to Management

    Rip the bandaid off, make your headcount cuts and move on. Don't be afraid to RIF the walking dead (all of those longer termed employees that stopped contributing years ago but won't leave because you pay them too much).


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