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BioClinica Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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2.8 19 reviews

38% Approve of the CEO

BioClinica President, CEO, and Director Mark L. Weinstein

Mark L. Weinstein

(8 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Do not question their authority

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPros to this place would only be the 20 paid-time off (PTO) days. It's better than your standard 2 weeks vacation and 5-8 sick days like most places since you could ideally use all 20 days for a long vacation or sick leave. Depending on who you report to, you would be able to use PTO on short notice if need be.

    Cons1. The atmosphere of the company culture runs top down, so they makes sure you understand who is senior management and who is allowed to think for themselves. Otherwise, do not try to think independently. Do as you are told.
    2. Most people are miserable there, just doing enough to stay under the radar and avoid unfavorable attention.
    3. There is no "one team umbrella" company wide, but rather the individual departments akin to silos. So meetings are typically held under the guise of action planning/problem solving, but in reality, they are turf wars with plenty finger pointing.
    4. There are many inefficient processes that need obvious improvement, but they believe to group-think, hold the line of "we've always done it this way" dearly and are unwilling to improve or adapt.

    So if you want to be just a cog in the big machine, then this is the place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake off the rose-colored glasses and get a pulse of what is really going on within the company. If they would allow employees to complete a survey with complete anonymity, perhaps the company could actually listen to employee suggestions and improve! Senior management needs to simply value the input of people beyond their titles.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    When they bought my company, they treated us like second class citizens

    Project Coordinator (Former Employee) Princeton, NJ

    ProsVery knowledgeable in the industry.

    ConsCut benefits.
    Cut PTO.
    Fired a lot of people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntergration, does not mean destroy and conquer.
    Your process is old and not as good as CoreLabs original process.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This was a great company to work with initially but as it became larger and more complex, the number of issues increased

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat colleagues. Employees are allowed one day a week to work from home.

    ConsNew hire training is limited at best. You will have to take initiative and ask your co-workers how things should be done. You can't be afraid to ask for help

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with a well defined plan to move the company forward. There are too many initiatives with shifting priorities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a job, not a career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Audubon, PA

    ProsClean work environment, some really great and knowledgeable co-workers, decent benefits package, good work hours, rarely needed to work overtime. Employee birthday parties provided by company, many paid lunches and events. Awesome annual holiday party every year. Plentiful parking, decent location.

    ConsSome very clique-ish groups and managers, little to no opportunity to grow; very competitive and political atmosphere. Disputes and harassment not handled well by management, such as the person on the bottom usually being the 'fall guy' when something goes wrong. Supervisors tend to come out unscathed while bottom level employees are punished.
    Sometimes workflows were too small, leading to boredom. Supervisors were lax in keeping employees busy. Xmas bonuses 86'ed, same with performance bonuses. Lack of decent incentives.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet more involved directly with the people who do the work instead of the ones who supervise them, recognize the cliques and break them up- they are killing company productivity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unrealistic Expectations

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe ability to work with a diverse group of Pharmaceutical companies. A great learning opportunity if you are willing to put in out-side hours.

    ConsWork/Life balance is not valued.
    Unreasonable expectations.
    A considerable amount of time needs to be dedicated to maintain average performance levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsidering a realistic work load in conjunction with a refined interdepartmental training program. This will help create healthy communication and real employee growth. Good employees with innovative ideas are not being heard and are eventually burning out.

    Have every employee involved with the big picture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Completely overworked with no work-life balance

    Associate Project Manager (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsCo-workers are nice and easy to talk to

    You get to work with a variety of clients

    Most Managers are approachable and are willing to help you learn

    ConsThe company continually thinks that they can do more work with fewer people.

    The turnover rate in the Project Management department is really high probably due to burnout.

    They promise a lot and don't follow through.

    They have guidelines for promotions but it doesn't seem to be followed.

    They have an orientation system for training new hires where you have meetings with every department, but it took a year to complete because it took them so long to schedule the meetings. By the time the meetings took place, I didn't really need them because I had been working closely with that department for months.

    No respect of work-life balance although they claim to and the salary isn't adequate for the number of hours worked.

    The departments are often trying to shift the blame when something goes wrong, but it is usually due to being very understaffed for the amount of work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop overworking everyone and provide enough staff for the number of projects in every department. People are constantly worried about losing their jobs so are always trying to shift blame. Sales promises every client the fastest turnaround time, but there aren't enough people to accomplish this, which causes some friction within the departments determining which projects are priority.

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    Good stepping stone

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Newtown, PA

    Pros1- Good Benefits as with any major company
    2-Opportunity to work 40 hours as long as you arrive 7-9am and work your full day.
    3-Great colleagues
    4-Good place to gain experience then move on to a larger salary with less stree

    Cons1- Pay is much lower than anywhere else
    2-There is a large turn over rate with PM
    3-Associate PM are hired right out of college with peanuts for pay. They are then promoted to PM way too soon with very little compensation. There is no time for PM to mentor APMs so they are too green to take on projects solo. This causes many issues in projects that turn into disasters.
    4-Managers give reviews once a year and nothing else. Employees should not be shocked when let go. If managers worked with their employees throughout the year, then a lay off would not be a shock. Lay offs come completely unexpected. If you intend on letting someone go, it should not surprise the employee. Reviews and goals should be set, discussed and reviewed every 3 months.
    5-They lay off many knowledgeable people due to personality reasons or trivial matters. I have watched so many talented people go without warning. It is a disgrace and the company suffers as a result.
    6-No interest in professional growth and development as a result, people gain experience and split.
    7- Morale is very low.
    8-Focus if company is to put out fires and then play catch up. No projects run smoothly. Very disorganized.
    9-A great deal of gossip occurs with management and discussed with employees that should not be privy to that type of gossip.
    10-PMs carry heavy work loads and too many projects per PM. Expect to have 10-20 projects depending on how much they like you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire experienced PMs. Work on professional development, mentoring current employees and invest in your employees. Stop laying off those that work hard and care. They keep the stagnant employees who sit and play on the internet, complain under their breaths and avoid the radar. Retraining new employees is costly.

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    Bio is cheap

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Newtown, PA

    Prosit is laid back. A good environment for those who are attending school and while try to earn a living.

    ConsManagement is cheap and will not invest in new people. Salaries are and low and most people are not satisfied with their eanings

    Advice to Senior ManagementIts important to engage with employees and find out Operationally the the company is not doing well. Employee are the best to estimating the non-financial performance of a company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Employees are merely a means to an end here.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Audubon, PA

    ProsGood product line potential. Good looking presence in the market. Decent compensation and benefits.

    ConsLack of accountability at senior levels. Tendency to over promise on what can be delivered. Rather impersonal senior management. No real commitment to employee retention.

    Advice to Senior ManagementView you employees as the individuals they are. Be direct/transparent in critiquing employees. Adopt a culture of retaining and developing employees rather than using them as a means to an end.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    BioClinica

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStill some thoughtful gestures made toward employees, probably started back when the company was small. Good vacation.

    ConsToo much middle management. Becoming way too corporate with all that entails.

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