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Friendly Company Culture - Wonderful CEO

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Current Employee - Corporate Office  in  Morrisville, NC
Current Employee - Corporate Office in Morrisville, NC

I have been working at Novella Clinical full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Richard Staub, CEO, is a true leader. He has a kind, sweet demeanor and never meets a stranger. He genuinely cares about the company and it's employees. Flexibility is awesome! Benefits are decent. Pay is slightly below industry standard. CRA's aren't treated like workhorses (as often seen in the industry) - the company actually goes to great lengths to offer reasonable travel (50%) for CRAs (which is significantly less than the industry standard of 80% travel).

Cons

Unfortunately, this is also a "who-you-know" environment. Entry into the clinical space can be difficult and nearly impossible if you're not the son or daughter, old friend, neighbor's child, etc. - of a Novella decision-maker.
Recent acquisition by Quintiles: the "plug" is that nothing changes, but this can not be true as there is too much redundancy. Novella will likely lose use it's small company charm and warm company culture.
HR is NOT respected by anyone in the organization - the team is pretty inept and should've been replaced long ago.
There is a weird staffing division within the company called NCR (Novella Clinical Resourcing). It provides staffing support to Novella AND it's very own competitors. Quite an odd business model.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't lose the inviting, friendly company culture

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novella Clinical full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and loved being able to wear jeans every day!

    Cons

    As many have stated it's small trying to run like a huge CRO. Plus it's high school. If you have any kind of personality clash with your manager ...forget it! You might as well start looking for a new job. Lot of the same feels regarding who you know and not based on merrit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead weight. Managers who have been there too long and also act unprofessional. People shouldn't be afraid to speak their mind and not be worried about any retaliation. You can only speak your mind or offer suggestions if you someone's best buddy or good friends with manager. Things don't change because people there don't want to be held accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Novella is a great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Project Management  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Project Management in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Novella Clinical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, promotions within, believe in work life balance, access to senior management, great people work here who are always willing to teach

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than industry standards, processes are scarce and are seldom used consistently across the board, not easy to get metrics for a client without using a ton of trackers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take so long to get rid of dead weight

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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