BioClinica

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BioClinica Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
27 Reviews
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BioClinica President, CEO, and Director Mark L. Weinstein
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not question their authority

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioClinica

    Pros

    Pros 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.

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company lacks leadership and strong management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Audubon, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Audubon, PA

    I worked at BioClinica

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Audubon, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Audubon, PA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Focused on Growing the Company First, Employees Come Second

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioClinica full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good starting point for anyone considering a career in pharma
    - Decent medical benefits and PTO package
    - Great way to travel the world on company dime if applicable

    Cons

    - Salaries are well below industry standards
    - There is really no Work/Life balance. Everyone is constantly overwhelmed
    - Little transparency between Business Development and Operations, ultimately leading to chaotic and unrealistic deadlines
    - High employee turnover, sometimes leaving inexperienced team members scrambling to meet deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle Management: Don't be afraid to tell senior management that your employees are not happy. When they start leaving for this reason, it is you that senior management is going to look at for an answer.

    Senior Management: You are now a major player in the industry. However, you're not going to stay that way if you're continuing to lose some really great potential at the lower level. Stop throwing money at SME's that make you look great on paper, and start pumping it into your bottom end. At the end of the day, they're the ones creating the name for your clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Low pay , little room for advancement , disconnected management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioClinica full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are generally good people

    Cons

    Low pay for amount of experience with zero chance of a decent raise
    Management is not in touch with their employees and does not take accountability for anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start seeing your employees for the people they are. Provide better communication, pay scale, raises, and advancement. Realize that one department should not be responsible for the entire workings of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable in the industry.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Intergration, does not mean destroy and conquer.
    Your process is old and not as good as CoreLabs original process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    New 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It's a job, not a career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Audubon, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Audubon, PA

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

    Pros

    Clean 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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Unrealistic Expectations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioClinica

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Completely overworked with no work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at BioClinica

    Pros

    Co-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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    No opinion of CEO

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