PRA Health Sciences

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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
55 Reviews
4.0
55 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 16 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.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Supportive atmosphere within department, upward mobility opportunities. Good benefits, company social events, and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Inconsistent communication between study teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    PRA has been a wonderful place to work as a Clinical Team Manager (Lead) since I began in mid-2014. My colleagues are competent, personable, and knowledgeable and my managers have been supportive and good resources. The key to PRA's approach to the CTM role is that they incorporate (and expect) that CTMs perform as Clinical Project Managers and you are responsible for the financial/scope/projection piece of they study you are on in addition to your typical lead responsibilities. I expect that if you immerse yourself in this role, you will be rewarded for your work -time will tell, but I have no reason at this point to think otherwise. The training for the role as well as the project specifically has been outstanding.

    Cons

    I am not particularly fond of the systems for CTMS and TMF so far, but admittedly they are both new to me so perhaps once I learn how to utilize them more efficiently/effectively, I will change my opinion. Other than this, I have no complaints to speak of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please value your top performing employees and reward them with promotions when deserved. A big part of the reason I came to PRA is because I was told this occurs and I am hopeful it will continue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, mid-level management, not so much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Being "down in the trenches" of IT, this was a great place to work. Supportive direct management, and co-workers, a real team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Director-level managers did nothing to promote a work-life balanced, or team environment. They were disengaged, and seemed uncaring for the staff who'd been hard-working contributors. Just use them up, and toss them out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In IT, communication from mid-level management was non-existent. Silo'd teams each had their own agenda, and the director did nothing to promote a broader level of cooperation between teams.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Great management, manager concern and oversite, up-to-date systems

    Cons

    Poor inter-departmental communication, could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invite other departments to meetings so that employees can get an idea of the "big picture".

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Descent CRO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    Happy with my salary & benefits. Manageable travel expectations. Good managers. They keep protocols to 1-2 at a time. No SWAT visits, like I've done at other companies, where I had to learn a protocol on the flight to the site! PRA has great training. Great expectations for the managers to ensure training of the staff.

    Cons

    So many computer systems that "clash"...some require Google Chrome & some require Internet Explorer. I'm not a computer geek for goodness sake. Lots of redundant documenting...example: one project required us to document our phone contact reports in CTMS & another system. SO many systems!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could we please consolidate some of these computer systems?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    In House CRA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - In House CRA in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - In House CRA in Lenexa, KS

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

    Pros

    They have a really generous vacation accrual (6hrs every 2 weeks, increases the longer you're there) and the staff and management are really friendly and cooperative. They're very flexible; if you have an appointment and need to take off a few hours, you can stay later another day(s) to compensate instead of using your PTO. It's a very supportive environment and your manager really exists more to guide you and develop your career, not someone to dread meeting with. They have realistic workloads and won't throw you under the bus or overwork you if a project is taking longer than expected. You should like your study team and vice-versa, and if that's not the case you don't have to be afraid to talk to your manager about it, since they are independent of your team.

    Cons

    If the pay was higher, it would be the perfect job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

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

    Pros

    PRA can provide you great exposure to different therapeutic areas, complex, and international trials.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to get promoted to the PD level and join company initiatives to gain more visibility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    No work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Technology and benefits are all very good.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance with studies continually under budgeted and/or under resourced. Constant trainings (SOPs) are great but include time to review when we're allocated to projects so we actually have time to complete them. Bonuses are few and far between and merit increases are a joke. Unless you're someone's favorite, it takes over 2.5 years to be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people well so they want to stay. Get rid of the mentality that you can continue to push employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work life balance!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off. Managers try their best to be supportive and helpful.

    Cons

    Horrible at promoting from within. Salary isn't as competitive as it could be compared to industry.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Will always consider PRA my home.

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Training for new hires and on-going
    Good Technology; always looking to get the best technology
    Lots of varied experience across peers to use as resources

    Cons

    Leadership
    communication down to the masses
    Got too big and lost that nice family feel; more of a number now than a part of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your leaders know the job positions and departments that they are over. Promote more from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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