HCRI Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. All you get is Harvard in name, they don't live up to the name.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HCRI full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Quick to hire. PTO package isn't bad. Location is on a main road in the city accessible to the MBTA.

    Cons

    Pays low compared to other companies. Company is extremely segmented with most departments unable to stand the sight of each other. Lots of people straight out of college so the immaturity factor is very high. Management lacks decent communication skills. Lots of micromanagement in certain departments where if you don't worship the ground your manager walks on, you're outcast. Zero work life balance unless you brown nose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a major change in leadership. have managers take communication classes. Some managers lack class and decorum. Fire those people even in the name of possibly losing some sponsors.

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

    A disgrace to the Clinical Research community

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HCRI

    Pros

    Not one thing. If the lies they told during the interview were true, then there would be more Pros, but no - this company is terrible.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, terrible support system, project management staff is laughable, very poor client support, does not understand the drug lifecycle and this is apparent with the many dissatisfied customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell company and all active studies to a CRO that knows what they're doing

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Solid staff - Incompetent Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HCRI full-time

    Pros

    Reasonably good benefits; Some very talented staff; Good location; depending on the department you work for, working arrangements can be flexible; Interesting clinical trials to work on.

    Cons

    Non existent physician oversight of the trials; Poor quality of data management and biostats; Senior leadership is incompetent with little attention paid to attrition or professional development of staff; poor morale. Senior leadership should be replaced with individuals interested in growing HCRI not promoting themselves year in and year out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HCRI needs to bring in some new leaders. The company employees practically beg for fresh ideas and improved communication, but those calls are ignored and marginalized. The current departmental silo structure does not work.

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

    Worst Company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HCRI

    Pros

    The only good thing I can say about this company is that they have hard working employees.

    Cons

    Managers in this company is very incompetent. Their methods in management is so prehistoric that I'm wasting 70 percent of my time doing pointless paper work that can be easily done by creating a workflow to automate it. Oh and they are more focused on processing trials as fast as they can instead of doing any quality check at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to use a computer!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    HCRI is a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HCRI full-time

    Pros

    HCRI is a great place to work for many reasons. Not only are the employees extremely hard-working, but they are friendly and overall pretty positive. The benefits are great, and the training for new employees is very thorough (at least, it was in my case). HCRI isn't a stressful place to work at most times, and the managers are pretty flexible about schedules and taking time off if necessary. There is a lot of room for growth, and HCRI encourages internal hiring. I think this company has big plans for the future, and I expect them to continue to be a competetor in this field in the long run.

    Cons

    Every manager and dept operates in their own way, so what I experienced may not be the case for every dept - but I can't imagine it's very different.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HCRI full-time

    Pros

    Great flexibility with work/life. Intelligent and hardworking people.

    Cons

    There are some depts that function better than others as well as some managers who manage better than others but I think you will find that in any company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the company is shifting focus and growing into new areas it may be time to re-examine what worked before may not work in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Horrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HCRI full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule/ability to work remotely (for some not all), renovated office space, some hardworking and intelligent employees

    Cons

    Limited to no opportunities for growth- blatant favoritism, bullying by upper management, sexism- depts which won't hire men, lack of cohesion- depts/managers don't take responsibility and throw blame at each other, prefer quantity over quality of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers are wildly inappropriate, weed out the bad ones to increase moral. Listen to and communicate with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Too much management

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I worked at HCRI full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are intelligent, capable people.

    Cons

    Too much hierarchy and management, no opportunities for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    This place is awful and disorganized

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

    I have been working at HCRI full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    flexibility, ok pay rate and space

    Cons

    Senior Managements sucks and need to step down for people with fresh ideas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Dissapointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at HCRI

    Pros

    Well known CRO in the medical device industry. Very good benefits package. Great location. Flexible work hours option. Ability to telecommute.

    Cons

    The senior management forgets about their employees and only do what fits their own needs. The career growth is almost impossible, unless you become very friendly with your manager. Senior management gets majority of promotions every year, and creat newly called positions just to keep promoting themselves, while other employess don't even get recognized for all the hard work they do every day.
    It seems like most of the managers don't really have a good handle on how to treat or manage their employees.
    In times of crisis they only look to find someone to blame instead of trying to fix the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to learn to value and respect their employees. Even verbal appreciation will be better than nothing. Management needs to share the information about what is going on within the company on a regular basis and not once a year when the president gives his presentation.

    Doesn't Recommend

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