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A company in rapid decline

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Former Employee - Principal Analysis Programmer in Lenexa, KS
Former Employee - Principal Analysis Programmer in Lenexa, KS

I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Working environment allowed me to acquire the skills and motivation to get much better employment elsewhere.

Cons

Senior management has been trying to sell the company for quite some time. To make their bottom line look sweeter to potential buyers, they have been denying decent compensation, raises, and bonuses to everybody but themselves. Now even their most loyal employees are leaving in droves.

Earlier this year their website had several hundred job openings. Most of them have since been removed. They can no longer justify them due to negative growth and lack of interest.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Several of your former employees are now working for competing CROs. Many, like me, are now key decision makers at pharmaceutical companies, i.e. your customer base. This is why you are experiencing negative growth and cannot find a buyer for your company. It's all about how you treat your employees.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating and a waste of energy and time

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    Current Employee - Contracts Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Contracts Associate in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Benefits are great
    PTO is pretty fair
    Nice xmas party
    Seems like each department is run uniquely- some departments are better than others.

    Cons

    Lack of administrative and equipment support ( ex: budget negotiators weren't given proper equipment to do their jobs, i.e. a calculator!)
    No training and high turnover so you are thrown onto poorly-run studies and constantly putting out fires you didn't create.
    Horrible communication between executive management, middle management and those on the ground.
    No transparency, bad aura.
    It is clear that executive management believes that monkeys could do the work, so you are easily replaceable.
    Back-stabbing and gossip run rampant, so better make sure your managers like you.
    Promotions and raises are hard to come by and are completely political and subjective (not merit-based).
    One of the most demoralizing places I have worked- no recognition for going above and beyond, no real incentive to do better, and a lack of respect toward employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees and give them a reason to work hard for you. Treat people like crap and work is always going to suffer and good people are going to leave.
    There are good people who work under you. I'm sure you don't know it. But if you actually supported employee professional growth, you'd be much better off down the road when you are looking for a buyer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. You are always encouraged to take time off if you can. Most employees are really nice people.

    Cons

    There have been a lot of recent changes within clinical operations. Specifically, they are bringing in lots of inexperienced employees because they can pay them little. This has put a lot of strain on the experienced employees who have to pick up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value experience instead of cheap inexperienced labor. Get feedback from employees before making large operational changes. Continue valuing a healthy work/life balance

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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