Chiltern International Reviews

Updated June 7, 2015
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  1. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chiltern International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company in the CRO industry, ability to conduct and manage global clinical trials, working to improve processes and systems

    Cons

    Growing too rapidly, not committed to employees and their growth, inability to retain talented staff due to number of changes


  2. Can't trust anymore, recently fired as a result of so called OCKHAM merger or acqusition. No ethical values left.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnson City, TN

    I worked at Chiltern International full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good health care plan and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Polarization has started in the work environment which is not a good sign. Good work is not fairly appreciated and compensated. The management misinformed about the cost synergy. It (cost synergy) is misused or misled by the few individuals with authority. Either the management is unaware of it or chain-of-command is broken. The old management (UK based) was much more communicative, reliable, and performance oriented. At least wrong information was not disseminated. The HR department seems to be clueless. They need to re-read the own policies and procedure and work according it. The policies and SOP (standard operating procedure) are same for all employees (top to bottom) and nobody should be exempted irrespective of their status and influences. Why invest on SOPs and policies, when it can be easily distorted for/by someone? Isn’t the company reliable anymore? No process, directionless. These things should not come out in the public domain (internet). It is really disgusting and bizarre situation to explain.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the trust on the employees. They can be good assets. Don't look the outside. Company has already got good talent. What is the point if the outside hired is less competent? Be transparent in decision making. Think about the well being of company rather than personal opinion, choice or interests. Avoid favoritism. And, give the responsibilities to competent/smart employees only. Incompetent/insecure employee with responsibility will misuse the power and authority for own survival. He will never allow competent employee to grow. It will de-grade the work environment and company culture.

    Count doesn’t matter. It is the people and quality that matter most. Learn it before it’s too late. Pick out the smart top management so smart people are identified, hired and promoted.


  3. Chiltern Not the company it was

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chiltern International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in management you don't have to do much work

    Cons

    No inter-departmental or global communication.
    Each country office is managed differently.
    No transparency.
    Poor career opportunities if you are not prepared to stay at Chiltern for life.
    The investment company that owns Chiltern is not looking at employees futures, just profit.

    Advice to Management

    Do more work and inform your employees
    Listen to employees before you make decisions about things you don't work with.
    You title does NOT mean you know what you are doing


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  5. Declining interest, morale, growth, opportunities and money. God save us.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Chiltern International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good global team. Very nice training structure (again due to global set up). Exposure to different CDMS systems.

    Cons

    To many on local/regional front (Mumbai, India). Ineffective and very poor administration, management. Complete absence of employee benefiting sentiment or a presence of respect or belongingness towards the employees. Zero transparency in decision or policy making. Biased approach towards giving promotion or salary hikes (if at all somebody is getting it). Utter step motherly attitude towards old employees (somebody who is there for 3+ years). Rather they have been indirectly communicated by such attitude that they are expendable at any point. No business development on local front. Senior management completely handicapped, clueless and inactive when there is drought of incoming projects. 2 years compulsory bonds for anybody with whatsoever experience joining the company and this will only be initiated when somebody accepts the offer and starts attending office so there is no going back unless he is having any other offer in hand. Complete absence of employee appreciations, raise, awards, social programs.

    Advice to Management

    Don't see any room or though of improvement as the advice would fall on deaf ears and blind eyes.


  6. Challenged daiily to not compromise work quality on projects with poor leadership and inadequate management.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chiltern International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Offers regional, home based positions

    Cons

    Weak and inexperienced management infrastructure resulting in high turn over rates at all levels of a project team.



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