Obviously exits into Bay Area or Boston Biotech are the golden goose, but some of the legacy pharma companies in Jersey are pretty hot right now and certainly well positioned from an innovation perspective (JNJ, Merck, Celgene / BMS, NVS). Obviously living in Jers doesn’t sound the best, but some of these companies are hiring interesting positions that feel like they set-up eventual moves to Boston / Bay Area pretty well. Thoughts ?

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Just made the move to one of those companies in jersey and my fiancé also went to another one of those companies. DM if you have any questions

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Isn't it better to be in Jersey though? From a Canadian perspective SF has become exorbitantly expensive 🤣

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yea just fyi especially if you work in industry you’re def not going to have to go into the office every day, esp after covid LOL

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uh living in jersey is the BEST and you can live in nyc if you want to, super easy transit to all of those places lol edit: have lived in the tristate my whole life and have zero interest in cali because of it Lol

complex question, it really depends on what part of nyc you live and if you’re using public transit. if you live near penn station and take public transport, novartis is 30 min, jnj 1 hour, bms princeton area 1.20 min if you drive, and live near lincoln tunnel or holland tunnel i mean it really will depend on traffic but yea anywhere between 30-2 hours

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Are there any companies within NYC? I know Pfizer and BMS are headquartered there, but why are all their positions not in the city? At least what I’m seeing online...

BMS is in Princeton, NJ

Live in Manhattan and most pharmas are a 1 hour drive. I know bc I did consulting projects out there. Live in BK, Queens, BX, etc and it becomes an impossible commute. Take consulting hours and add up to 3 hours of commuting per day. I was miserable. Otherwise live in NJ, then your in the burbs. Burbs are burbs. Being 20 miles from Manhattan doesn't make much of a difference when you're living and working deep in NJ. There are tons of jobs and big pharma brands, yes. But you enter on a corp or BU strategy team working on projects that may never see light of day. You will not have much impact. The biotechs in Boston and SF are growing more quickly and you would have more impact.

Partially agree. I now am on a Corp dev team for biopharma and think the impact is larger than I thought: pursuing key M&A, TA strategy, and identifying potential targets. The hours are close to consulting but weekends are generally preserved outside of deal time

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