Campbell Alliance

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Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
41 Reviews
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    Consulting Services

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Newtown, PA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Newtown, PA

    I worked at Campbell Alliance full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Wonderful people, many have 10+ years, loyal employer, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Great first job, but not much chance for upward mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a career path for your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    12+ Year Veteran

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Campbell Alliance

    Pros

    At the beginning, the company was my family. Everyone was valued equally and everyone bent over backwards to help each other.

    Cons

    Things changed when they were bought by inVentiv. They lost many of the leadership including the owners. New leadership was more concerned with keeping their jobs versus maintaining the culture. As profits reduced, so did the talent base. It is really too bad. Campbell Alliance was once a very great company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If they can spin out from inVentiv it would be great. They are a large majority of the problem. I really hope that Campbell Alliance can turn things back around. However, I would not be surprised to see it close within the next couple of years after being absorbed by inVentiv.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Narrow expertise, Poor compensation, Toxic culture and No long-term vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Campbell Alliance for more than a year

    Pros

    If you are in commercial, you will learn project management of new pharmaceutical product launches
    If you are in corporate, you will learn how to value early assets (pharmacological products in developments)
    Low travel

    Cons

    Campbell Alliance is a 3rd-tier consulting firm (not even 2nd-tier) that has SEVERE ISSUES on 3 grounds: Learning/Experience, Compensation, and Culture/vision:

    POOR LEARNING EXPERIENCE:

    You will be a 1-trick poney.

    Launch Playbook:
    You meet with the different functions in a pharma and ask them what they need to do to launch their new product and they will tell you what they need, and then you will put it in a stupid hand-drawn GANTT chart on PowerPoint (that will take you days to make and days to alter every time they ask you to, which is every week). then you will check with the functions to see if they are on schedule.
    Most people end up working at pharma clients on what they call "launch excellence" or "commercial excellence" basically making sure all functions are doing what they are supposed to do on time. If you like that then Campbell is for you, but DON'T CALL IT CONSULTING

    Asset valuation:
    For corporate development, the skill set is narrow. People have a hard time finding corp. dev. jobs after Campbell so they end up staying or going to other 3rd-tier consulting firms.

    LOW COMPENSATION + BENEFITS:

    You will be paid ~15-20% below market, and salary increases are not substantial

    Also, benefits suck, so you end up paying more out of pocket for medical expenses than in other companies, which further reduces your overall compensation. No wonder people stay on their spouses' plans, even directors and above! That tells you something

    TOXIC CULTURE:

    There is a TOTAL ABSENCE OF MENTORING SKILLS in most managers and directors. They operate on "command and blame":
    1. They ask a consultant to do something without explaining the WHY and the HOW,
    2. then blame him/her for not doing what they had in mind, which often times is personal preference or worse, illogical. Woe befall the consultant if he/she questions the WHY or the HOW

    It is the norm to have INCONSISTENT PROMOTIONS at Campbell. Many incompetent people get promoted while capable ones don't! THIS HAPPENS AT EVERY PROMOTION CYCLE (2x/year)

    The culture at Campbell is that of DISTRUST (varies by office). Often times, people withhold information about you from you.

    The company has a TOP-DOWN CULTURE: There is no interest for hearing back from below. They do not aknowledge the severe issues stated above (that everyone in the firm knows about) and still keep pretending that everything is great...

    GREAT TALENT IS LEAVING: Most CAPABLE directors/VPs left, leave within ~1 year of joining the firm or are considering leaving. So you are left with the least competent ones to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP PRETENDING that all is well, LISTEN to people and promise them safety if they speak and FIX the issues

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

    Very bad company culture, after the acquisition, everything changed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Campbell Alliance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    No specific pros to discuss, after the acquisition, the outstanding leaders left the company, if these leaders were in the company, it would be a pro, but not now

    Cons

    Both junior and senior leaders are shortsighted, the acquisition turns everything upside down, the leaders do not put in the time and efforts mentoring people, which in return they do not have helpers to their work. In addition, staffing wasn't great that interest of people wasn't considered at all. Lastly, when it comes to giving feedback, there is supposed to be a project manager and a mentor, however, these two people are usually the same person, and in other cases, one person does not know the other side, so the parallel feedback system is completely dysfunctional. This is detrimental to personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are leaders with limited experience in pharmaceutical industry, this would not work in pharmaceutical consulting. Some managers please find your soul. If you keep focusing on your own agenda and forget what makes a good business and team, you will lose it all in the end. This is bad example of leadership.

    Advice to senior leadership: focus on your people and keep the talents. Please show some basic respects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Consulting at Campbell Alliance - How it really is

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    Current Employee - Director (Principal)  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director (Principal) in New York, NY

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There was a great deal of highly skilled and smart, entrepreneural people who drove business successfully over more than a decade. That culture attracted a lot of good people and let the business soar - in the past...

    Cons

    Campbell lost some 30% of its worksforce due to the integration into InVentiv Health. The company has changed completely, now being driven by process compliance focussed managers who lost sight of how to drive business - consequently the business shrank by more than 30% in last 12 months with increasing speed as many of the good people are leaving... European senior management in particular acts without clear vision and strategy to return to growth and keeping their talents onboard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employes with respect and stop acting dishonorable on the financial and tax side. Meet the minimum standards of employment laws in ex-US countries and professionalize business conduct outside the US

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

    Need to go back to what established them as a leading firm.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Campbell Alliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are still some good people there, hanging on, particularly in the infra-structure and in the Pharmaceutical Institute. Benefits are still good, but gradually eroding.

    Cons

    IT has been outsourced to India, producing many technology-related problems, and longer delays in fixing even simple requests. What was an innovative system of deeply specialized Practice Areas that were able to work together has become a mish-mash of "centers of excellence" which, due to under staffing, don't live up to their names.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the Practice Area concept which inspired the company during the hey day of John Campbell. Otherwise, just fold the business fully into inVentiv and take the name off the doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Meh.

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    Current Employee - Internal  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Internal in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are people within the company that are good to work with if you happen to have a position to work immediately with them.

    Cons

    Campbell is not what it used to be. All of the previous perks and incentives have disappeared. With inVentive now in charge, I don't feel optimistic about continued growth or opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great training ground

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Great exposure to different clients and project areas
    Excellent way to meet industry contacts and learn the business

    Cons

    No investment in long term growth
    Horrible hours
    High turnover
    No professional development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest as much in keeping talent as you invest in recruiting

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging environment where hard work is rewarded

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    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Campbell is focusing more on strategic work, and is winning projects over the big strategy shops.
    There is very little travel requiremed, which is a very big plus for achieving a decent work-life balance.
    There is the potential for more rapid career trajectory as compared to other consulting firms.
    Consultants have the ability to get broad exposure within just the life sciences.

    Cons

    The shift in corporate direction has led to understandable challenges at all levels of the organization.
    There has been higher than average turnover for a short period (which has now stabilized).
    Bonus structure is a complete mess at the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more cross-collaboration with the broader inVentiv organization. We should be able to see who is working in which clients, and what they're working on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    What happened to the Campbell we all knew and loved

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Campbell Alliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some truly great people still call Campbell Alliance home, although more and more those people are either moving over to inVentiv proper, being forced out, or seeking greener pastures. The really sad thing is that five years ago, and under totally different leadership, this was hands down the best company I had ever worked for.

    Cons

    Since the acquisition the company has lost focus on what made it great.... it's employees. With several key players leaving once the writing on the wall came into focus it's been nothing but a downhill slide. With IT already being outsourced overseas with little or no consideration given to the impact on productivity or the people involved there is a genuine feeling of "who's next" in the remaining internal departments. Add the lost productivity due to inadequate tech support, increased "guidance" from inVentiv proper, and a downsizing of the former HQ in Raleigh to a lesser office space, and you've got to think it's only a matter of time before Campbell as we once knew it is all but gone. Those of us who remember the good times will always cherish those memories and the people we shared them with, but we'll also be trying really hard to forget how the story is ending!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What made Campbell Alliance different was it's approach to empowering and rewarding it's team members. This is NOT a tradition that inVentiv appears comiitted or even interested in continuing, nor it is one that Campbell leadership seems to be prepared to fight to maintain. The only prudent advice for management would be to take every action possible to prove to the team that they ARE working in their best interests and are capable of ensuring a positive working environment. Right now management comes across as looking out for their own well being, and that my friends is NOT the Campbell vision!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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