Medidata Solutions

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Medidata Solutions Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
103 Reviews
3.3
103 Reviews
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Medidata Solutions Chairman & CEO Tarek Sherif
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Includes possibility of working from home when appropriate (in 7 reviews)

  • Excellent culture, work life balance and management support (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • They let the former head of HR leave, they should have convinced her to stay (in 4 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance can be a challenge and must be actively monitored (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

     

    Good company to work for in Life Sciences

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I worked at Medidata Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good fast paced environment, great colleagues, good work culture , friendly, and wonderful new offices.
    You can be sure to remain at the "cutting edge" of any thing new in clinical technologies with this Company.
    Expect something new everyday, and lots of excitement at all times, with lots to learn at all levels.
    There is a lot of communication from the top down, and the management does a great job in keeping the environment charged up

    Cons

    This is a growing company, and if you move from a larger company to this one, don't expect everything to be honed to perfection. Internal systems get changed quite frequently, but in a way that's probably part of their growing up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is always good, but too much change can never be good.
    Focus more on core / flagship products

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

    A good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Medidata Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Medidata has a flexible work schedule. As long as you got your work done people don't mind you working remote. The people that you work with are very knowledgeable and you build great relationships within the work environment. What you work on makes a difference in outcomes and you can see the results through the data. Unlimited PTO is great so you can take time off when you need it.

    Cons

    Management talks about wanting to work on quality but shortcuts are still taken. Management doesn't always listen to those on the ground and try to push you to get things out the door which leads to lower quality. When it comes to promotions, there is favoritism so if you "are in" with those above you, you will more than likely get promoted quicker. Pay could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you truly care about quality don't take short cuts! This could mean delaying a release to ensure that everything is working as it should be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Busy but Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medidata Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team, good environment, great leadership and vision.

    Cons

    Growth happened faster than resourcing. Divided locations. Occasional poor collaboration between Sales and Operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    hi energy dynamic disjoint envronment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Programmer in New York, NY

    I worked at Medidata Solutions

    Pros

    Technology development using cutting edge tools, developing cutting edge media protocols for SOA development.
    Allows innovation time for personal development and growth.

    Cons

    Sometimes seems disconnected in teams. Parts developed by some teams not ready for use in prime time. A platform that needs some more time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sit back take inventory of product, give attention to be a more uniform experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interviews

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Medidata Solutions full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interviews are good not that easy but still fundamental
     Working environment is very good

    Cons

    People there seems so tired
    Have to deal with a lot of computer and programming stuff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Global Learning and Development

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medidata Solutions

    Pros

    A beautiful environment. Casual dress despite being a major corporation.

    Cons

    The department is a revolving door due to mismanagement issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd advise that everyone in a management position should receive specific training on management skills.

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Glad to be moving on

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Seems like a solid place to start your career. Management invests in, and encourages, rapport building activities. Some very nice, competent people mixed in. Generous time off.

    Cons

    Agree with others that advancement within the company is virtually nil. Some exceptions but management tends to be indifferent and/or inexperienced. A surprising number of teams can be truly toxic because of this weak management. If one finds themselves on one of these teams leaving the company is the only recourse since moving within the company is almost unheard of. The office is marketed as open plan but is more of a call center meets trading floor. Privacy is non existent, the noise is intrusive, and conference rooms are always booked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider making work from home standard or redesign the office space. Open plan + sorely lacking conference rooms = a miserable, impossible work environment. There are days it feels like you're trying to conduct business in Penn Station. It's embarrassing to have clients frequently complain that they can't hear you over the background noise.

    Insurance options should include a "middle of the road" plan. Current options are bare bones or too expensive relative to salaries.

    Pay attention to dysfunctional teams as a whole instead of targeting one employee per team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a great run, but the growth opportunity was not there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Support in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Enterprise Support in New York, NY

    I have been working at Medidata Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, excellent peers, and ownership has an idea what they want to do.

    Cons

    New HR and Facilities Management does not have a clue. They are trying to run a small company with a corporate mentality and its not being very successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand where you came from to get to where you are trying to go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    None

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

    I have been working at Medidata Solutions

    Pros

    Diversity, flexible hours and flexibility of working from home.

    Cons

    Not enough communication between management and staff. Lack of direction from management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Medidata Solutions Response

    Nov 7, 2014EVP, Human Resources

    Thank you for your honest feedback. We are glad that you appreciate our flexible work atmosphere and have been able to take advantage of some perks such as working from home. As we continue to grow ... More

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots and lots of favoritism

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Medidata Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual, good work life balance, and decent people to work with. Office location is in a great neighborhood and very modern.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities. It is a bit of an old boys club environment. Women do not get promoted often despite working harder than their male counterparts. Makes it hard to continue working with the same enthusiasm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring more diversity. Flatten management. Go back to start up collaborative environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Medidata Solutions Response

    Nov 7, 2014EVP, Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you felt as though there was a lack of growth opportunity due to your gender. I assure you, we are an equal opportunity company and value a diverse ... More

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