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Chiltern International Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
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  1.  

    Behind the times

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chiltern International full-time

    Pros

    Most employees are honest. The benefits are average in the industry. Chiltern allows regional employment in most situations. Regional employees given appropriate support. Average general training provided.

    Cons

    The pay is well below industry standards. The company is backward thinking with embracing new technologies and systems and a large investment is needed. Not an innovative company. Do not think outside the box. Work is not the highest quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger upper management team needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Extensive travel with no concern for work/life balance. 20 years experience and never traveled more than there.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Johnson City, TN

    I worked at Chiltern International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great peers willing to help whenever needed.
    -Ability to work from home when not traveling (see cons)

    Cons

    -Extensive Travel that is not regionalized
    -No work/life balance
    -Failure of HR to assist in concerns
    -Extremely overpriced medical care when additional costs are added in. The family deductible was over $5000 starting -in July and again in January. Yes, $10,500 a year in required deductible costs.
    -While there are some solid managers, they must live in concern for their jobs. So while they empathize with your situation, they honestly can't do much for you.
    -Expansion of company is happening so fast they just can't keep up. Concern is about becoming the Quintiles of the world instead of staying in the niche they were best at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -To lower management, move on if possible. I see the red flags popping up and you don't want to get caught in a hail storm.
    -To upper management, instead of the constant looking ahead at the great and grand future of a huge company, see that what you have behind you are good, dedicated people that have been there for years dedicated to you, but losing patience. Expansion means nothing without the dedication of the staff you had. Its already happening as I have heard directly of one company coming in to clean up your mess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Life made difficult by manager and was pregnant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Regulatory Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Regulatory Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Chiltern International part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I don't work there any more!!

    Cons

    Told by manager thati had to take maternity appointments on my own time and that once a month was "too many". When took manager to hr, felt I got treated unfairly and would have done them for constructive dismissal if I hadn't felt so stressed and depressed. Sideline you once pregnant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure managers are appropriately trained in hr policies and law and are made to realise that being on maternity leave is temporary. Make sure managers adhere to policies and do not tolerate bullying.

    Chiltern International Response

    Jan 24, 2013Associate Director, HR

    It was surprising to read this review. Chiltern International Limited employs a high percentage of female employees and subsequently support a large number of employee pregnancies. We have always ... More

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  5.  

    frustrating to want to do a ggod job but company only cares about money

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Chiltern International

    Pros

    good benefits, pto time, nice co-workers

    Cons

    clinical monitoring department management does not respect or value the CRA's; CRA's are treated poorly and not shown recognition or appreciation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    US upper management have a backbone

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CRA
    Former Employee - CRA

    I worked at Chiltern International

    Pros

    good training (internet, one-to-one, group)
    possible to be involved in a wide range of activities from monitoring to submissions
    nice offices and location
    very good tech support

    Cons

    poor and unfair management (bordering on unprofessional)
    work long hours with little recognition or appreciation for work well done
    given tasks without clear objectives
    morale of staff low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your staff more fairly
    improve staff morale
    improve staff communication

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chiltern International

    Pros

    It is a small company that has potential if they were to assemble a good management team that would leverage ideas from their prior experiences.

    Cons

    Where do I start....salary is not competetive, merit increases are non-existent, promoting from within does not seem to be a priority and the company seems rudderless at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of finding the pulse of your employees....there are some really smart and talented people with great ideas right under your nose. Take care of your employees and they will take care of you. Also hire better people to handle your bid defenses....this is a obvious area of weakness in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    A notch above Quintiles/PPD, but a lot left to be desired

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chiltern International

    Pros

    - Company pays fairly well for being a CRO
    - No real micromanagement
    - Offer flexibility that benefits work/life balance

    Cons

    - All of the transition/acquisitions it's gone through the last 2-3 years have taken there toll
    - Very little communication between divisions
    - No feedback on job performance
    - Too informal; still stuck with small company mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on development programs to make employees a best in class compared to rest of industry. Give honest feedback to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend

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