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Bristol-Myers Squibb UK Reviews

Updated March 12, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is something that is not always emphasized by senior management (in 28 reviews)

  • Lots of upper management turn over (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Wouldn't want to work anywhere else!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented and friendly people, innovative, dynamic work environment. Great benefits. Going through reviews to simplify processes and eliminate bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Managers unwilling to manage underperformers and have difficult conversations. Inconsistent grading system determining salary and benefits. Some functions slow to adapt to new ways of working and new cultural norms. Very lean organisation, so vacancies or an underperforming team member has added burden on team workload.

    Advice to Management

    Add more admin staff to enable us to drive the business further using our expertise.


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    "BMS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb full-time

    Pros

    International environment, good salary and benefits, pleasant location.

    Cons

    Talents are not recognized, too many meetings, some manager has not the right expertise nor the right attitude to lead people and this might be very frustrating for employees. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Company's values are very important to create a fair work environment, thus be sure you follow them as expected.
    I think that managers with different nationalities and the right skills would add a great value to the company.


  3. "Great company, strong pipeline"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Medical Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They look after staff welfare well. Good company to work for to get experience. Great development opportunities

    Cons

    Need to have more opportunities for staff to manage people as that is lacking at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Don't just do what the US global teams dictate... UK market is different!


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  5. "Great people and great products"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Innovative products, ethical and patient orientated, UK head office is a lovely space to work in, people are generally friendly and good to work with.

    Cons

    Processes still need further simplification. Whilst there are promotion and career opportunities to be had, BMS could do more to support the individuals development. They are striving to get better at this.


  6. "Processes very tortuous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nce people, excellent medicines

    Cons

    Need more support with on boarding it is a nightmare

    Advice to Management

    Improve Onboarding, coaching, development and sort out the processes they are tortuous and very frustrating


  7. "Good Company but Burdened by Bureacracy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Good working atmosphere and scope to improve yourself
    - Generous with benefits and bonuses

    Cons

    - Expectations for work / life balance not really catered for
    - Many different systems and levels of approval to move things forward


  8. Helpful (1)

    "BMS review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategy Lead in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Strategy Lead in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company pipeline. Expert at immunotherapy

    Cons

    it may be hard as a newcomer to adjust. Computer set up etc takes a long time. Once you've had a few years under your belt you will become more accepted.

    Advice to Management

    Select leaders with people skills


  9. "IT Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Support in Chester, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - IT Support in Chester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    fantastic team, learned a lot

    Cons

    the office was not realy good but it changes now


  10. "Overall very positive....but"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a good company to work for. They have some good products and seem to have really changed things in the past few years with a number of good potential products in the pipeline. The people were great to work for in the main. There is the odd exception but you get that everywhere.

    Cons

    Probably the biggest issue is that they seem to restructure every 4-5 years, so you are left to fight fr your job. The other problem can be workload, as the department I was in kept on taking people with little experience leaving others to pick up the pieces and help them along.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep on restructuring


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Room for improvement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. good and friendly people from reception/catering staff to senior management. It is a nice feeling when you turn up to work (good location).

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, complex SOPs, workloads, lack of innovation contribute to low morale among employees. Managers need to understand their line-reports and their needs and work together as a teams. Cutting down on workload than the headcount would be the way to go.

    Advice to Management

    Your biggest asset is the quality of talent that you employ so, please make efforts to retain them. The American hire&fire mentality has got to go.


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