Campbell Alliance Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Great culture and professional development opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Collegial environment and really smart people that are fun to hang out with leading to an optimal office culture
    -Strong focus on work-life balance, especially for a consulting company
    -Fantastic professional development and growth opportunities
    -Fast-track to client facing time
    -Company culture focused on positive feedback
    -True meritocracy
    -Wide range of project types from corporate strategy to launch strategy to med affairs strategy
    -Diverse list of clients

    Cons

    Very few cons:
    -Healthcare benefits
    -Maternity/paternity leave benefits
    -Select project types require longer hours

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on professional development, positive office culture, and work-life balance.

  2. Sr. Leadership role

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The team is fantastic to work with...bright, expert, highly competitive. There is a strong focus on high-quality delivery and real-world strategies that work.

    Cons

    inVentiv Health ownership is very challenging. There is a strong focus on paying the investors first and less focus on investing in the core consulting team. Health benefits are awful. Don't underestimate how much personal spend you will incur for healthcare costs.

  3. Overall a good place to work

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

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid leadership team - most people are smart and focused
    Broad base of clients - mix of big companies and emerging pharma
    inVentiv relationship starting to pay off
    Good advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Still need a unified inVentiv vision to make the whole thing work
    Incentive comp changes too much and not very motivating
    Too much focus on numbers, less on the people

    Advice to Management

    There has been a lot of change in recent years. Time to focus on executing against a well-defined vision for Campbell as well as the broader inVentiv company. Need to get back to some degree of what the firm was before inVentiv.

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  5. Expect a lot right from the beginning day

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will build strong relationships with clients and will get to know the entire company fairly fast.

    Cons

    They will not give you a lot of training and expect you to pick it up in the job. The hours are insane and you better answer emails at all hours of the day and everyday of the week within 5 minutes. If you dont mind that then this job is for you

    Advice to Management

    Work on IT

  6. Helpful (3)

    12+ Year Veteran

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

    I worked at Campbell Alliance

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

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (7)

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

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

    I worked at Campbell Alliance (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Very bad company culture, after the acquisition, everything changed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Consulting at Campbell Alliance - How it really is

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    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

  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Meh.

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

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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.

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