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Medidata Solutions Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
89 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 6 reviews)

  • great work/life balance and compensation (in 5 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.  

    Growing quickly, pushing the edges on innovation, and a good place to do your best work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medidata Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Huge market opportunity for Medidata's software and services in an industry (pharma and clinical development) that is under huge pressure to be more efficient. The leadership is aware of what it needs to do to scale the company and its infrastructure. Office culture is relaxed and the work environment is focused. The HQ offices in NYC are gorgeous!

    Cons

    With growth comes change and there have been many changes in the past year. New leaders in key areas are introducing new processes, systems and ways of working. Change is never easy and some areas are under pressure to adapt while still producing to meet goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    ???

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medidata Solutions

    Pros

    Improvement factor is great. Some areas are better than others. Technology is great.

    Cons

    Some areas could use overhauling. Management not forthcoming about changes, problems, etc. Management tends not to listen to the people that do the actual work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes what looks good on paper is not always what works

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Nice place to work with a lot of smart people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medidata Solutions

    Pros

    Nice benefits and perks
    Smart coworkers

    Cons

    Pace of work is relatively slow than what I am use to.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Medidata solutions a great company

    Former Employee - Web Designer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Medidata Solutions as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The have a comfortable work atmosphere, very collaborative and open.

    Cons

    None to speak of, open and honest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's fine.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Medidata Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart peers.
    If you're into it, the kook-aid is sweet.
    Seems to be generally good compensation.
    Management genuinely cares about the company and staff.

    Cons

    Regulatory pains.
    The kook-aid is a little soured.
    Lack of trust in future vision.
    The user facing products are not interesting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not sure if I trust the company vision or management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Upside

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great work/life balance and compensation

    Cons

    cloud platform creation is taking much longer than expected, and culture of "inner circles"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    manage people as well as dollars and cents

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

    Great company with opportunity for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medidata Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The atmosphere is casual and fun. People work extremely hard but do so while maintaining a sense of humor. There is also a lot of opportunity for advancement, at least in my department. Because we are rapidly changing, there are always opportunities to take on new projects and fix problems you see around even if they're not "part of your job description". If you're interested in something, you're encouraged to get involved with it to really show what you're capable of.

    Cons

    Things are a little chaotic and because of the rapid growth Medidata is still "figuring it out", but they are trying! Communication is sometimes not the best, and some managers should maybe not be managing...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the culture at Medidata is really a fun and innovative, we are still not really as "hip" as some of the more progressive tech companies we're trying to emulate (like Google). Maybe get some younger leadership/workforce in general. Just a thought.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Medidata Solutions Response

    Aug 4, 2014EVP, Human Resources

    At Medidata, we work hard & play hard too! With so much to be done in our growing company, we want to make sure to foster an environment with a healthy balance between work & fun. We are in the ... More

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company tries hard to make the image of well established, but it is not in reality!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medidata Solutions

    Pros

    Company spent a lot of monies on it's image

    Cons

    Company spends a lot of monies to show up, but has bazaar management

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Medidata hitting its stride

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medidata Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Brand new facility allows for great collaboration and innovation. Fast paced environment with a lot of exciting work going on. Unlimited PTO and other great benefits for U.S. workers.

    Cons

    If you aren't actively engaged and jumping in when you hear something of interest, an opportunity will pass you by. Don't expect someone to tap you on the shoulder with an opportunity for development. The pace is so fast that there are often valuable things left on the table. Work/Life balance can be a challenge and must be actively monitored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the sense of urgency, but make changes with care and decisiveness. When a change is made, be sure it is communicated ALL the way down the line so there is consistent messaging. Stronger coaching and management courses are always welcome. If we are going to promote people from within, we need to have a structure of support for those people - and watching a video is not always the answer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Medidata Solutions Response

    Aug 4, 2014EVP, Human Resources

    Medidata moves at an incredibly fast pace, and with the ever changing nature of our business & industry, it is not likely that we will slow down anytime soon! We understand that the rate at which our ... More

  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Steadily wearing down from within.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Compensation can be very attractive for the right role. Serious player in the market. Strategy is a good one if it can be realized.

    Cons

    If you are not in the right role, compensation is well below industry average. Playing favorites is an understatement. Products are showing age. Many silos between departments and no plan to coordinate. Instead, the decision is to keep creating new groups with unclear objectives. Very difficult to allow new employees, even senior level hires, to make a difference. Said to want infusion of new ideas, but it is just PR, not reality. There are a few people with a lot of influence and these people want to stay fixed on what the company was five years ago. They don't know what the terms future, vision, or change are to an evolving organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. You want ideas from the outside and want growth. Stop squashing these things and support them and the people behind them. The problems that exist may be coming from people who have been there a long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Medidata Solutions Response

    Aug 4, 2014EVP, Human Resources

    Thanks for your feedback regarding Company silos as this information is very helpful for us when determining which areas are causing our employees the most frustration! As our Company has quickly ... More

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