PRA Health Sciences

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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
164 Reviews
3.2
164 Reviews
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent systems, work/life balance is the same as at every CRO (in 22 reviews)

  • Option to work from home a few days a week a plus (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Don't always manage work/life balance well, overworking their best staff members (in 15 reviews)

  • There is a strong sense disseminates from upper management that the bottom line now outweighs quality in staffing (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Medical Director

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home some days.

    Cons

    Out of touch senior management; top-down leadership. Medical directors are expected to cover 24/7/365 with no vacation coverage arrangements. Staffing is reactive. No opportunities for professional development within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to be much more involved in day-to-day operations to better understand and address the organizational and systems needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sad declining company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits and the individual people are good to work with daily

    Cons

    senior management doesn't know what they are doing, vasr turn over, no valve placed on experience, this company has been run into the ground by ex-PPD staff, no original PRA culture exist which was a good environment to work in.
    It is a shame to see the decline in this company over the years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Valve your employees and their knowledge and communicate with them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I cannot recommend this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are many dedicated and talented staff
    Offices and office amenities are very nice

    Cons

    High cultural toxicity
    Lacking vision and communications, transparency
    Poor upper management cohesiveness
    Top performers not recognized - cronyism abounds
    Decisions made without due diligence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for new blood - need a complete overhaul of CEO and at least 2 levels of management from there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Smoke and Mirrors

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Analysis Programmer in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Principal Analysis Programmer in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A now former PRA client I met and serviced hired me away. They pay me considerably more and treat me like gold.

    Cons

    PRA was recently bailed-out by a new investment firm, yet nothing has changed. Cronyism, bloated executive management, and injustice continue to be the modus operandi; followed by high turnover, declining quality, and dwindling sales. The work setting is characterized by chaos, stress, and unhappiness.

    No true organic growth is occurring. The illusion of growth is being done via buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, leveraging, and other such “smoke and mirrors” accounting gimmickry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your employees and clients a favor, and quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    thank god I'm finally out of there - main page photo = huge clue to the ageism!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    some good people who are fully aware of the unfairness and bullying that occurs but are powerless to do anything about it.

    Cons

    Where do I start with how toxic a place can be. The 0.1% of rotten apples that poison the PRA barrel have a dictatorial approach to management that borders on the paranoid. Young faces fit and are allowed to do what they like, provided they say yes, share multitudinous fag breaks (even if they don't smoke) and never ever point out the emperor has no clothes. The grievance and disciplinary procedure requires the employee to have a thorough knowledge of the law and their rights and even this does not help, as HR will ALWAYS uphold the inconsistencies and abuse by a management who use it to promote their own personal and prejudiced agenda. This leads to a morally defeated and bullied workforce who live in fear of their every thought and move being scrutinized should they for whatever reason unknown to the employee fall into the bad books of management. There is no rhyme or reason to who or how to get promoted, it is very hit and miss seeming to depend on who is or not in favour, (or on facebook) regardless of experience or ability. The high turnover of staff is due to them seeking other avenues so they can be treated as adults and better prospects of promotion due to ability rather than favouritism.
    My advice to prospective employees: DON'T! Unless your prepared to learn nothing, bolster a flagging management and be stuck in one company as there are no transferable skills to be learnt here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Facebook is not a good way to decide who gets promoted.
    Practice what you preach. don't expect respect when you do one thing and say another.
    Stay with PRA as without it = spineless and talentless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Horrible experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contracts Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Contracts Associate in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    PTO was decent, nice breakfast on Fridays, office space was well kept and stocked

    Cons

    worst management I have experienced in 8 years of working, gossip, internal growth and promotions are rare, no transparency, no communication (you feel like you are being lied to)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your employees. If you continue to misuse and abuse your employees, those employees will become "former" employees, and will end up working for your clients or your competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Worst experience in my professional career.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Very few pros at this time.

    Cons

    Each group is run as an autonomous entity. Managers are allowed to bully employees with HR consent. Outdated technology with little to no processes in place. Training is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove poor middle management that are worker bees with no ability to manage people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Crazy

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    Former Employee - Project Associate II in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Project Associate II in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Has the potential to be a good company

    Cons

    Management is horrible. too busy trying to be friends with everyone and attend to their personal life that she doesn't know how to be professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very little, Shameful what has become of this company

    Cons

    Too many to list here...avoid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your employees a favor and quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you want to hate your life, work here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Document Management Associate in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Lead Document Management Associate in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Bagels on Friday, PTO and a job at least

    Cons

    Horrible management, IT is horrible, systems are outdated, and workload and advancement opportunites are available if you are a pet. There is no set standard for who does and who doesnt get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from within departments, dont hire people from other departments to manage a department and people where you cant even go up and ask your manager a question because they have no idea what the answer is

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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