Catherine Liu, Director, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, has been with Bristol Myers Squibb for more than 13 years and attributes her longstanding time with the company to BMS' family-friendly environment and flexibility.
“The company culture is family focused which allows me to have a work-life balance,” says Liu, “Support from my managers, on-site daycare, flexible work options and the lactation rooms are all things I’ve benefited from as a working mom.”
Now in her sixth role at Bristol Myers Squibb and with three children between the ages of two and eight, Liu has figured out how to successfully navigate being a working mom. She says that she couldn’t have advanced throughout the company without the support of her managers and the incredible benefits of the Child Development Center.
Liu took advantage of the full day coverage offered by the center, 7:30am to 6:30pm weekdays, with all three of her children. Her daughter Samantha, eight years old, and her son Nicholas, six years old, were at Bristol Myers Squibb childcare center from the time they were toddlers through kindergarten. Her 2-year-old son, Alex is currently enrolled at the Lawrenceville N.J. location.
“I never have to worry about the well-being of my kids when they are at the Child Development Center,” says Liu, “The teachers are amazing and take such great care of all the children.”
The support provided by Bristol Myers Squibb comes from a team of understanding managers and peers as well. Liu says that the company is incredibly accommodating whenever a child is sick.
“If I have to leave because a child is sick or because it’s back to school night, nobody bats an eye,” says Liu “If there’s a deliverable, I know that my team will have it covered, because I would do the same for them if they had to leave.”
Liu says that whenever she’s asked the age-old working mom question, how do you do it all?¸ she responds, “Bristol Myers Squibb makes it possible because the company recognizes the importance of a healthy work life balance and all of the people I’ve worked with strive to help each other achieve it.”