Stephen Williams, PhD

Stephen Williams, PhD, is senior vice-president, of Bench International, an executive search firm specializing in the pharma and biotech industries.


Know When to Bail

Employees in the pharma industry, who once expected lifetime employment, now find themselves facing some of the same dilemmas, including job insecurity and declining stock values, as those in beleaguered industries such as defense and finance. The pharma industry has seen more than its fair share of mergers and acquisitions, and employees increasingly question whether they have a future within their company. Those who make the hiring decisions for large pharma companies say such doubts are reasonable in the current climate and that an honest self-assessment of a variety of factors, including faith in management, opportunity for growth, and job