BioClinica Reviews

Updated April 27, 2015
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  1. Developer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioClinica full-time

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

    Pros

    - Bioclinica offered plenty of opportunity to grow
    - There are a number of interesting projects with a variety of complexity
    - great way to get into the pharmaceutical industry with plenty of networking

    Cons

    - Lack of vision from leadership
    - Lack of mentorship from management staff
    - Teamwork between departments was counter productive

    Advice to Management

    Improve collaboration between teams and focus on personal growth, not just providing titles.

  2. Employees are underated

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    Former Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Audubon, PA
    Former Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Audubon, PA

    I worked at BioClinica

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

    Pros

    Supervisors are open to working with your availability and taking time off or coming in late where needed
    There is some opportunity for growth in different departments

    Cons

    Highly political environment and employees are not really appreciated for their dedication and contribution to the company.
    Management is not interested in paying a competitive wage to employees and there is no profit sharing or bonuses at the end of the year, regardless of how well the company performs.

    Advice to Management

    Offer competitive wages to your employees and recruits and you will attract and retain great talent while keeping them happy to work for your company.

  3. Work in progress

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Audubon, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Audubon, PA

    I have been working at BioClinica full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has grown ridiculously fast through acquisitions and mergers and there are more opportunities to move within the company than there used to be. New CEO just started and seems to be a good addition. Coworkers are friendly, and hard working, and there are still company events like holiday parties and summer outtings where you can bring your family. Many of my co-workers started in entry level positions and have been promoted or transferred to different roles over the years. Depending on what group you work in there is flexibility on working from home. Benefits are good too; lots of time off!

    Cons

    Turnover has been higher than in the past, probably because of the uncertainty that comes with mergers/acquisitions. The company is trying to replace people quickly, but it does put a lot of stress on the remaining staff.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down on acquisitions! Employees feel unsettled and need to understand the direction the company is headed in. Hopefully the new CEO will help with this and get things back to normal.

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  5. Quality is lacking since Merger

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioClinica

    Pros

    Good stepping stone into the industry

    Cons

    Poor communication and upper management skills. Very unorganized, processes are all over the place and no training.

  6. I'm just glad I quit prior to killing myself! My best paying, worst employer to date.

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    Former Employee - Clinical Operations Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Clinical Operations Associate in Portland, OR

    I worked at BioClinica 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

    Flexibility - As long as you're willing to make up the time or take it as PTO, you can come and go as you please.
    Benefits - Very good in this regard.

    Cons

    Middle management lies and cares more about hiring friends/family than those best suited for the position. They'll say you didn't get the position due to your behavior, but the behavior they're referring to is the complaints they receive from particular employees that have to work with limited resources to complete their daily tasks in a timely fashion.

    Cost-of-living raises come on average once every six years and will only be approx. 3%.

    Also, they don't replace employees that leave but instead pile the work on others with no compensation. If you're lucky you may receive a BioBravo award for your efforts LOL. However, that's only if your manager puts you in for it. So you could probably imagine who would be chosen for these.

    Advice to Management

    To middle managers, what kind of behavior is acceptable? You think going around stating that an Ex-CEO prior to the Synarc/BioClinica merge was sleeping with his receptionist is acceptable (as you deny it but know it's true), but then decline promotion to an employee based off their behavior when it's complaints about work resources to complete daily tasks. Like... Seriously.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Company lacks leadership and strong management

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    Former Employee - Manager in Audubon, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Audubon, PA

    I worked at BioClinica

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits and PTO. Offers flexibility in work schedule. Office location is near restaurants and shopping.

    Cons

    Strong lack of leadership and poor corporate culture at this company. Most of the senior management has been there for years and many are simply not talented. They would never be successful in a strong and reputable company. Extremely high turnover fueled by lack of appreciation and recognition to those employees who contribute, execute and think out of the box. Very immature and unprofessional environment at times.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees. Insure your policies and process reflect integrity and professional standard. Confront and address issues even if it involves long term sr managers. Have the backbone and strength to make necessary changes rather than protect these employees. Listen to employee comments and be proactive...not reactive.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Some good, some bad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioClinica

    Pros

    benefits are pretty good (21 PTO days per year, tuition reimbursement). 401k employer match could be better. met some good people there.

    Don't pay attention to the other reviews that say upper management is out of touch, or that the pay is low. you get that complaint anywhere you work.

    Cons

    buying too many companies too rapidly. this frustrates the employees and the clients.

    some managers are hard to work for, but some are good. depends on what department you choose.

    Advice to Management

    don't sign contracts with clients that promise more than you can deliver. it's OK to push your employees a bit, but make sure you have enough resources to follow through.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Its all right

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    Former Employee - Software Validation Analyst in Newtown, PA
    Former Employee - Software Validation Analyst in Newtown, PA

    I worked at BioClinica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, good holidays, good people

    Cons

    cold management, not good work life balance

    Advice to Management

    interact with real employees and have feedback before making huge changes in policy

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great people, Great Promise, Leadership took the money and abandoned the employees

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    Former Employee - Operations in Newtown, PA
    Former Employee - Operations in Newtown, PA

    I worked at BioClinica full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people who work hard and are dedicated to the customers. Lot's of potential to grow, but the corporate BS is getting in the way. Stupid new org structures designed to just provide more senior management. shared services for a small company? crazy? CEO is a nice guy who doesn't know anything and does not do anything but look out for himself, CFO is incompetent and hides from people, CTO is an ego maniac and the investors don't know what's going on.

    Cons

    going private put lots of money in the CEO's pocket, a little in some other peoples and the future and promise faded away.

    Advice to Management

    You got your money, retire already. hopefully a leader will come save the company. smart people have left or are leaving, ship is going down.

  11. Helpful (2)

    What once was a great company with great culture has slid into a Nazi Germany of corporate cultures.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Audubon, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Audubon, PA

    I worked at BioClinica full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    During my time with the company I gained a lot of great experience and worked with a lot of great people.

    Cons

    Management has been in steady decline in quality and experience for a long time and continues to only get worse. The company was purchased by a private equity firm and HR began looking at people as a cost to cut rather than humans with families.

    There is absolutely no chance of advancement in this company unless you are good friends with another manager. Nepotism runs rampant and is basically the rule.

    New policies appear all the time controlling employees further and further to the point that company resources (email) are not allowed to be used to organize employee social gathering after work.

    Many managers come from an elite background and have never worked in any kind of blue collar or service related position and so do not relate to their employees. Whats worse is other managers in many cases don't have management training or experience and are basically ineffective.

     The company operates under the management style of "well, that last thing we tried didn't work, lets try this new thing" without putting any actual thought or planning into the solution they're about to champion. Additionally, there is a bit of attention deficit disorder when it comes to project execution. The latest shiniest project always causes the last to be abandoned and potentially cancelled.

    This company does not value its best and highest quality employees, the ones that execute and deliver, so those employees end up leaving and the company then hires less qualified people and the cycle continues.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management, they wouldn't listen anyway. I left because all the good managers I had answered to had either been removed from above me or were fired in favor of less capable people. All that is left is nepotistic marginally educated individuals in management positions who think too well of themselves and not enough for their employees.

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