PRA Health Sciences

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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
159 Reviews
3.1
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
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95 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good ongoing training, tries to keep work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Option to work from home a few days a week a plus (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Don't always manage work/life balance well, overworking their best staff members (in 14 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. 6 people found this helpful  

    Miserable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Compensation was adequate at the start, but after working 75 hours per week, the salary didn't equate. The medical benefits were good.

    Cons

    There was no flexibility, at least in the department I worked in. The manager had no people skills. Staff was afraid of getting caught having a conversation that was not 'company' related and they were afraid to have an open line of communication for fear of retaliation. There was no work/life balance, always understaffed and work their best people the hardest. You lose 1/2 of your accrued PTO upon departure from the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees so that you can retain good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    A good place to get your foot in the door

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers. Young work environment. Work ours are flexible for certain departments. Option to work from home a few days a week a plus.

    Cons

    Low salary compared to industry standard. Company has a tendency to keep around incompetent employees. Management has no interest in employees' goals/needs/interests. Very little room for growth and no opportunities for promotions. A lot of overtime due to high turnover. Too much office politics nothing ever gets accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider making our salaries competitive. The lack of retention makes the work place a miserable place to be due to the amount of overtime and high pressure from management to meet deadlines. Furthermore, all competent employees are getting recruited by competitors leaving incompetent employees at PRA. A more thorough review of employees is necessary. It's very easy to not do your job and still continue to get paid at this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    GreatGreatllk

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Great place to start out in career for new graduates or those just entering this career field. Also pretty good for project management.

    Cons

    If your not in a management position and your not fresh out of college you may find this a very frustrating place to be (at least in the clinical operations group). That comment is doubled if you are a mother with children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take stock of the fact that the majority of your employees who aren't in management positions (in clinical operations) are single, recent graduates. How many employees do you have that are mothers (even single mothers) to young children and/or have been in the industry for more than 5-7 years and work at PRA.... consider ways to make this a more 'mom friendly' work environment for those clinical operations employee's that don't have 'work from home positions' if that is something that matters to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Conflicting visions lead to paralysis

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people, good work life balance, opportunities to work in many therapeutic areas and on all phases of pharmaceutical development

    Cons

    Outdated IT systems, a reliance on off the shelf software ill suited to the company's needs, an inability to carry through with changes in corporate structure and operating procedure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While MBA training is indeed useful, at some level in the company decisions need to be made by people with experience in the actual work being done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible, CRAs are reviled by the CTMs.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRA II  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - CRA II in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Try to pay well, but skimpy benefits overall.

    Cons

    No support for CRAs, workload is excessive. Work life balance goes out the door within 2 months of hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CRAs may be a difficult wofkforce, but they need respect, not vilification.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and no support from Upper Management to get proper number of personnel for the study

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Home Based CRA  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Home Based CRA in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Benefits, supportive Managers, great suport from team, good training, knowledgable CTM's, good tools given to CRA's, corporate credit card, good turn around time for expenses,

    Cons

    Lopsided Work/life balance, unrealistic metrics due to high travel and site load, roadwarrior travel, # of protocols >2, high number of sites, unmanageable work/site load, upper management not receptive to ideas until team members left company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to CTM's and CRA's with regards to work/site loads

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad News Bears

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

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Intelligent, hard-working employees
    Salary
    Benefits
    Free coffee and breakfast (Fridays)
    Central location

    Cons

    No work/life balance what so ever (10+ hours a day is the norm, 14-15 hours a day on deadline days)
    Projects are taken on under unrealistic deadlines.
    Upper management with stopwatch hearts.
    Hard to increase merit internally (though if someone comes in from somewhere else with an identical skill set, they could easily make 15k over you.)
    High turnover
    Questionably skilled leadership
    Way too many chiefs
    Unhappiness across departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take notice (and action) of the mass exodus of your employees. Even though PRA is gaining clients, it will fail internally if something is not done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    PRA Health Sciences Response

    May 30, 2013Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your feedback, we value our employees and will take this into careful consideration.

  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    We're in a death spiral

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Intelligent, hard working employees who work far beyond the typical 40 hours in order to meet demand. Robust benefits package. Excellent training programs allow for quick rise within the organization.

    Cons

    PRA has yet to invest in the basic infrastructure that is required to grow an organization. We've spent far to much time going things cheaply instead of doing them well. There is little to no communication of corporate objectives to the staff. Information exchange is done behind closed doors and trickled down through whispers. Managers, empathetic to their employees, are given no resources to correct and address issues. Employees are fed up and are leaving as quickly as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have far too many "leaders" who are focused on CYA instead of leading their teams to produce high quality work. Implement a behavioral assessment to determine if those applying for Director level and above positions possess humility. Investigate down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Low pay, employees not valued

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Country Start Up Specialist  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Country Start Up Specialist in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    PTO accrual/carry over is AMAZING! People are friendly/knowledgeable. Work/life balance is understood and recognized by all.

    Cons

    New staff hired in at way higher salaries than those with more experience. Varying monetary values amongst those that are in the same position with same # of years of experience. Manager turn over or rearranging happens all the time - in 6 years of employment I had 5 different managers. Constantly trying to relearn someone and prove that you deserve the next promotion/increase, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Stop being so secretive about every aspect as this causes rumors to swirl and negatively impact your employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor executive leadership bedevils a once great place to work

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    Former Employee - PM/PD  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - PM/PD in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Fellow employees are on average experienced, intelligent, capable and hard-working. Current CFO is a tremendous asset to the company.

    Cons

    Sycophantic management culture where people who bring legitimate risks and concerns to senior management are penalized. Top-heavy with VPs, PRA has a labyrinthine and overlapping reporting structure, but not enough 'boots on the ground' to provide a quality product. IT organization is particularly poorly led. Employees are handcuffed by bloated systems and processes that are poorly integrated. Many of the more successful VPs have a kiss-up, kick-down management style. Watch your back (and your front!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked at PRA for 10 years and left after watching the management structure and values corrode over the last few years. I couldn't be happier to be out of that snake pit, and working for smart people with solid values. As others have said to management: go back to PPD, you have tainted PRA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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