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Bristol-Myers Squibb Reviews

Updated June 25, 2018
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  • "work life balance could be better" (in 38 reviews)

  • "Transparency of upper management sometimes clouded" (in 44 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent company and employment"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Innovative, Diverse, Flexible, Modern, Inclusive

    Cons

    Communication can occasionally be improved


  2. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible and focus on people, D&I
    Good management team

    Cons

    Fewer career opportunities and lack of career development program

  3. "Memories"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Very structured organization for upward mobility.

    Cons

    Not very good with performance recognition...


  4. "Too many inexperienced contractors being hired"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good bonuses. Line, not upper Management, generally fair and supportive.

    Cons

    Worked here for many years and have lived through many changes but the recent letting go of masses of experienced people to be replaced by cheaper, inexperienced contractors has put a burden on more experienced staff, who are leaving for greener pastures.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the talent you have within the company. Bodies do not equal good workers.


  5. "sales rep"

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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

    it was great there to work

    Cons

    not the best benefits for a family


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of benefits, emphasis on work/life balance, great coworkers

    Cons

    Mid-management not always trained effectively


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong workforce, good benefits

    Cons

    Poor management, too much change

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Great company but Devens site is highly political with an extremely negative work culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Devens, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Devens, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pipeline
    Excellent co-workers- great support system
    Good scientific investments

    Cons

    I’ve worked at BMS for several years now in several sites and several roles. All those roles were very satisfying, and I have had some excellent managers at BMS. When I first started, it was my dream job.

    After a series of leadership changes, I came to Devens, MA. The organization I joined lacks leadership. Hardworking, high performing employees are passed on for career opportunities and promotions. Several scientists in process sciences who published their science and made significant contributions left the company because they were passed on for promotional opportunities. The analytical sciences organization is a political nightmare, with the leadership expecting us to work like robots. As long as you pander to the agendas of different managers, the quality of work doesn’t matter. Mid level managers hire several contractors and do nothing. Harassment of women is common. There is no concrete leadership goals for the organization. When new employees who join from other companies in director level positions or above, we always anticipate positive changes. Unfortunately, they imbibe the negative culture of the leadership and let their good employees leave as well.

    Advice to Management

    Ask every organization within the company to enforce concrete development plans
    Implement internal meetings with groups in New Brunswick to ensure directors are taking steps to ensure satisfaction of their organizations
    Make analysts feel like they are doing meaningful work, instead of treating them like robots
    Look at some of the other comments on these forums and take action
    Take employee feedback seriously
    Act on HR complaints and cases quickly
    Do something to stop good employees and managers leaving


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Employees verses contractors in Clinical Research"

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

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

    Pros

    BMS employees have more flexibility with schedules, summer hours, benefits. This is great however when you have the majority of the culture who are contractors it does make it hard to see colleagues and friends be denied the same flexibility when we have the exact same role.

    Cons

    Contractors do not have any flexibility with schedules anymore, no summer hours, and are treated extremely different by senior management.

    Advice to Management

    New senior management in Clinical is changing the dynamics and dividing the same role by treating employees and contractors very differently. It is not fostering a feel good environment and more people are leaving and willl be leaving. Senior management does not like work from home. Be prepared if offered a job that you will not have flexibility


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lacks leadership"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Good work / life balance
    Nice office

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking
    Incredible amount of nepotism throughout the US organization

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified individuals with knowledge and experience, not your favorite neighbor or family member


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