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6 people found this helpful  

Ghost town: Mass exodus of key stake-holders, hiring freeze, unhappy employees, empty offices/cubes, employees on edge!

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

Pros

Good benefits, breakfast every Friday, and nice office space.

Cons

ZERO accountability for management and lack of flexibility! If your manager is kissing the right (rear end) or making his/her boss look good, it doesn't matter how he/she treats you. It's a shame to feel forced to leave an otherwise decent job because of managers who are allowed to bully employees! This company purports to being big on Work/Life balance but employees no longer enjoy the flexibility that we once had! You are coerced into using PTO for practically every 30 minutes that you're not at your desk! This company also used to allow work from home privileges; however, that has dissolved. Pucker Up: This is a company where only kissing the right (rear ends) pays off and bullying/poor managers aren't held accountable.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Re-evaluate the people you allow to manage others!!! Offer employee surveys - at least "pretend" that you're interested in hearing employee's concerns. You're losing talented people in droves!

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other reviews for PRA International

  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    A company in rapid decline

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Analysis Programmer  in  Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Principal Analysis Programmer in Lenexa, KS

    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
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating and a waste of energy and time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contracts Associate  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Contracts Associate in Raleigh, NC

    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
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