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Chiltern International Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
39 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great "family" environment, needs to find its niche

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chiltern International

    Pros

    - Despite growth, still feels like a family
    - Management genuinely cares about you
    - Experienced management, and a lot of folks have been there forever
    - Lots of experience at every level of the company

    Cons

    - Needs to figure out what it specializes in.... the sale used to be about European regulatory, but that is passe now. Purchase of Ockham should help
    - Slightly below-average health bennies (EXPENSIVE)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Small CRO

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Budgets and Proposals Executive in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Budgets and Proposals Executive in Wilmington, NC

    I worked at Chiltern International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people are the greatest asset of this company. They really manage to bring in some great people from other large CROs, specifically PPD. The workload is fairly manageable as well.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are not that great. The IT department is virtually nonexistent and as of 2012 the company still ran off of Lotus Notes rather than MS Office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the IT department and the infrastructure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    CRO Life......

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

    I worked at Chiltern International (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Part of the growing CRO industry.
    Good co-workers.
    Easier studies to manage.
    Manageable global network.

    Cons

    Decent at many different things. Not great at anything specific.
    Technology is outdated. Capital better spent on updating technology than buying redundant companies.
    Insurance/pay is lower than industry standard.
    Significant downturn in company since UK management left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Behind the times

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

    I have been working at Chiltern International full-time

    Pros

    Most employees are honest. The benefits are average in the industry. Chiltern allows regional employment in most situations. Regional employees given appropriate support. Average general training provided.

    Cons

    The pay is well below industry standards. The company is backward thinking with embracing new technologies and systems and a large investment is needed. Not an innovative company. Do not think outside the box. Work is not the highest quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger upper management team needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Extensive travel with no concern for work/life balance. 20 years experience and never traveled more than there.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Johnson City, TN

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

    Pros

    -Great peers willing to help whenever needed.
    -Ability to work from home when not traveling (see cons)

    Cons

    -Extensive Travel that is not regionalized
    -No work/life balance
    -Failure of HR to assist in concerns
    -Extremely overpriced medical care when additional costs are added in. The family deductible was over $5000 starting -in July and again in January. Yes, $10,500 a year in required deductible costs.
    -While there are some solid managers, they must live in concern for their jobs. So while they empathize with your situation, they honestly can't do much for you.
    -Expansion of company is happening so fast they just can't keep up. Concern is about becoming the Quintiles of the world instead of staying in the niche they were best at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -To lower management, move on if possible. I see the red flags popping up and you don't want to get caught in a hail storm.
    -To upper management, instead of the constant looking ahead at the great and grand future of a huge company, see that what you have behind you are good, dedicated people that have been there for years dedicated to you, but losing patience. Expansion means nothing without the dedication of the staff you had. Its already happening as I have heard directly of one company coming in to clean up your mess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Can't trust anymore, recently fired as a result of so called OCKHAM merger or acqusition. No ethical values left.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnson City, TN

    I worked at Chiltern International full-time

    Pros

    Good health care plan and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Polarization has started in the work environment which is not a good sign. Good work is not fairly appreciated and compensated. The management misinformed about the cost synergy. It (cost synergy) is misused or misled by the few individuals with authority. Either the management is unaware of it or chain-of-command is broken. The old management (UK based) was much more communicative, reliable, and performance oriented. At least wrong information was not disseminated. The HR department seems to be clueless. They need to re-read the own policies and procedure and work according it. The policies and SOP (standard operating procedure) are same for all employees (top to bottom) and nobody should be exempted irrespective of their status and influences. Why invest on SOPs and policies, when it can be easily distorted for/by someone? Isn’t the company reliable anymore? No process, directionless. These things should not come out in the public domain (internet). It is really disgusting and bizarre situation to explain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the trust on the employees. They can be good assets. Don't look the outside. Company has already got good talent. What is the point if the outside hired is less competent? Be transparent in decision making. Think about the well being of company rather than personal opinion, choice or interests. Avoid favoritism. And, give the responsibilities to competent/smart employees only. Incompetent/insecure employee with responsibility will misuse the power and authority for own survival. He will never allow competent employee to grow. It will de-grade the work environment and company culture.

    Count doesn’t matter. It is the people and quality that matter most. Learn it before it’s too late. Pick out the smart top management so smart people are identified, hired and promoted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company.

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

    I have been working at Chiltern International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, caring and professional co-workers.

    Cons

    Growing pains, resourcing issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company/personal feel

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Leader
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Leader

    I have been working at Chiltern International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive to personal growth and work/life balance

    Cons

    Inadequate resourcing to assigned project

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for with a wonderful atmosphere!

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

    I have been working at Chiltern International (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great atmosphere
    -Respects a healthy work life balance
    -Wonderful Executive team that are very approachable
    -Competitve salary and benefits packages
    -Values their employees and their opinions

    Cons

    I have been an employee for over 2 years and have no 'cons' at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Always keep your "open door" policy as employees appreciate this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Project Management in Wilmington, NC

    I have been working at Chiltern International

    Pros

    Health care plan is good

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for career advancement or moving internally between positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more career advancement opportunities, rather than hiring outside of the company

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