Chiltern International
3.7 of 5 30 reviews
www.chiltern.com Slough, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

Chiltern International Reviews

Updated Mar 6, 2014

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Chiltern International CEO Dr Jim Esinhart

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72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Chiltern Not the company it was

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you are in management you don't have to do much work

    ConsNo inter-departmental or global communication.
    Each country office is managed differently.
    No transparency.
    Poor career opportunities if you are not prepared to stay at Chiltern for life.
    The investment company that owns Chiltern is not looking at employees futures, just profit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo more work and inform your employees
    Listen to employees before you make decisions about things you don't work with.
    You title does NOT mean you know what you are doing

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

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    Declining interest, morale, growth, opportunities and money. God save us.

    (Former Employee)
    Mumbai (India)

    ProsGood global team. Very nice training structure (again due to global set up). Exposure to different CDMS systems.

    ConsTo many on local/regional front (Mumbai, India). Ineffective and very poor administration, management. Complete absence of employee benefiting sentiment or a presence of respect or belongingness towards the employees. Zero transparency in decision or policy making. Biased approach towards giving promotion or salary hikes (if at all somebody is getting it). Utter step motherly attitude towards old employees (somebody who is there for 3+ years). Rather they have been indirectly communicated by such attitude that they are expendable at any point. No business development on local front. Senior management completely handicapped, clueless and inactive when there is drought of incoming projects. 2 years compulsory bonds for anybody with whatsoever experience joining the company and this will only be initiated when somebody accepts the offer and starts attending office so there is no going back unless he is having any other offer in hand. Complete absence of employee appreciations, raise, awards, social programs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't see any room or though of improvement as the advice would fall on deaf ears and blind eyes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenged daiily to not compromise work quality on projects with poor leadership and inadequate management.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOffers regional, home based positions

    ConsWeak and inexperienced management infrastructure resulting in high turn over rates at all levels of a project team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Life made difficult by manager and was pregnant

    Senior Regulatory Manager (Former Employee)
    Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    ProsI don't work there any more!!

    ConsTold by manager thati had to take maternity appointments on my own time and that once a month was "too many". When took manager to hr, felt I got treated unfairly and would have done them for constructive dismissal if I hadn't felt so stressed and depressed. Sideline you once pregnant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure managers are appropriately trained in hr policies and law and are made to realise that being on maternity leave is temporary. Make sure managers adhere to policies and do not tolerate bullying.

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    Chiltern International Associate Director, HR responded to this review Jan 24, 2013 EditDelete
    It was surprising to read this review. Chiltern International Limited employs a high percentage of female employees and subsequently support a large number of employee pregnancies. We have always ... More
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    frustrating to want to do a ggod job but company only cares about money

    Project Manager (Former Employee)

    Prosgood benefits, pto time, nice co-workers

    Consclinical monitoring department management does not respect or value the CRA's; CRA's are treated poorly and not shown recognition or appreciation

    Advice to Senior ManagementUS upper management have a backbone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing

    CRA (Former Employee)

    Prosgood training (internet, one-to-one, group)
    possible to be involved in a wide range of activities from monitoring to submissions
    nice offices and location
    very good tech support

    Conspoor and unfair management (bordering on unprofessional)
    work long hours with little recognition or appreciation for work well done
    given tasks without clear objectives
    morale of staff low

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat your staff more fairly
    improve staff morale
    improve staff communication

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is a small company that has potential if they were to assemble a good management team that would leverage ideas from their prior experiences.

    ConsWhere do I start....salary is not competetive, merit increases are non-existent, promoting from within does not seem to be a priority and the company seems rudderless at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of finding the pulse of your employees....there are some really smart and talented people with great ideas right under your nose. Take care of your employees and they will take care of you. Also hire better people to handle your bid defenses....this is a obvious area of weakness in the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A notch above Quintiles/PPD, but a lot left to be desired

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Company pays fairly well for being a CRO
    - No real micromanagement
    - Offer flexibility that benefits work/life balance

    Cons- All of the transition/acquisitions it's gone through the last 2-3 years have taken there toll
    - Very little communication between divisions
    - No feedback on job performance
    - Too informal; still stuck with small company mentality

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on development programs to make employees a best in class compared to rest of industry. Give honest feedback to employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good career opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood opportunities to develop: good training and manager guidance available.

    Flexible around reasonable work-life demands.

    Stable senior leadership team.

    Personable atmosphere.

    ConsHigh workload for most.

    Could do more to recognize people's contribution and efforts.

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    Okay

    Project Management (Current Employee)
    Wilmington, NC

    ProsHealth care plan is good

    ConsNot much opportunity for career advancement or moving internally between positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow more career advancement opportunities, rather than hiring outside of the company

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