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CRA position

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate
Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate

I have been working at PRA full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

CRAs enjoy a flexible work schedule and are able to schedule their travel and site visits to meet their specific needs for the most part. The managment suppor for CRAs is good. Functional managers are assigned to each employee to balance the demands of different departments and studies keeping the pressure on prioritizing off the CRA. The company provides a great benefit package especially to the senior people. PRA has a great IT department that is available 24/7 and is extremely helpful.

Cons

Like many high tech companies PRA has too many systems/processes and has frequent changes in systems that require consistent in-service.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Upper managment should apply the KISS principle whenever possible. Routine clerical work should be shifted to the lowest level employees, expense report proceeds should be reworked and the services of the travel department should be used to provide central invoicing and expenses for airfare and possibly hotels.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA

    Pros

    Close to home and work from home option

    Cons

    Too much work and luck of support from higher management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    PRA is becoming another PPD

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager

    I have been working at PRA

    Pros

    Despite the poor economy, PRA is hiring several new employees. Due to the industry-wide shortage of CRAs, PRA actively recruits CRAs and has a couple of programs where In-house CRAs can bridge into a CRA position. Many employees, however, leave the company shortly after becoming CRAs.

    Cons

    The company is extremely top-heavy, continually hiring senior-level employees (vice presidents and senior directors) while laying off billable (to clients) employees. In addition, despite that the PRA had one of it's best years, the company didn't give bonuses; however, the CEO's direct reports all received promotions (to Exec VP.) The culture at PRA is to continually step on those below you and to screw the people equal to and above you to get ahead. Like most CROs, it's also extremely female-heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to PPD. Several years ago, PRA was known as a good company because they treated the employees very well. In recent years, several people from PPD came to PRA in senior managment positions, including the CEO. Now, PRA cares very little about their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
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