Current CEO: Lamberto Andreotti
Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is a biopharmaceutical corporation that makes well-known medicines such as Abilify and Plavix. Bristol-Myers Squibb careers include highly technical and specialized positions. These include chemists, lab technicians, biotech experts, clinicians, medical project managers and quality control managers.
Executives must negotiate deals with other companies, medical firms, health care insurance providers, governments and more. Working at Bristol-Myers Squibb means that regulatory specialists assist executives with the regulations which govern medicine development, testing and marketing.
The sales staff includes pharmaceutical representatives who travel from doctor’s office to doctor’s office or hospital to hospital. While they are trained and employed by Bristol Myers, they are somewhat independent. Within set guidelines, they make their own appointments as they cover their designated territory.
The Bristol Myers culture is somewhat regimented. This is due to the fact that the work has scientific and research-based underpinnings. Those in sales must be careful to adhere to factual material. Those working in locations with labs must be careful to maintain proper conditions. Those working with medicine must be careful not to endanger the people that they are seeking to help. All of these things influence the serious nature of the BMS work environment. Of course, the high financial stakes and competition with other firms adds to the high pressure atmosphere of the workplace.
BMS benefits include a choice of health care plans. As one might expect at a pharmaceutical company, prescription drug coverage is provided in all health plans. Employees who work on-site can take advantage of such benefits as fitness centers, on-site nurses, and work/life seminars. The company website states that flexible work arrangements include job sharing, compressed work weeks, and telecommuting.
Benefits also include on-site childcare at four sites in New Jersey (Hopewell, Plainsboro, Lawrenceville, New Brunswick) and Wallingford, Connecticut. The company also provides subsidies for some off-site child care. It also provides some adoption assistance including a week of paid leave in addition to the regular family leave policy.
Employees receive three weeks of vacation and can earn up to three weeks more. They have access to disability insurance and 401Ks. BMS offers some educational help including its own on-line courses and tuition reimbursement for college coursework related to their job.