Medidata Solutions

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Medidata Solutions Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
102 Reviews
3.6
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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

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    • 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.  

    Intelligent, friendly co-workers who truly care about succeeding

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Top-notch culture that compares to Facebook and Google offices, super-smart colleagues, fantastic support across the organization, C-levels believe people are the biggest asset (unlimited vacation and flexible work schedules)

    Cons

    Pretty standard growing pains regarding tech debt vs new systems but nothing out of the ordinary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to value employees like you do now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great company on a growth tear

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer In Test in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer In Test in New York, NY

    I have been working at Medidata Solutions

    Pros

    lots of good people good pay great location great work environment

    Cons

    company suffers from a lot of departmental fiefdoms, lots of technical debt. way too much effort being spent in maintaining systems that need to be replaced,skilled workers are overworked, while mediocre workers skate by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work to share and document systems, improve inte spend more time improving systems quality, rather than simply building functionality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Love the ny office

    • 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

    People are great, great culture the vibe the tone that the two founders set for everyone

    Cons

    Smaller growing comp lack some basic infrastructure, but getting there just a bit painful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company!!

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

    I have been working at Medidata Solutions

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule. No micromanagement. Room for advancement is high. Managers encourage employees to choose their career path and to advance as they see fit.

    Cons

    Always changing. Internal processes need work. If you let it, Medidata wi suck every hour of your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find away to make traveling a lot smoother.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    I've never had to ask for a raise

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The culture is unlike any place I have ever worked. We have gone through a few growth spurts, and most have been managed very well. The company is in the healthcare space which needs a lot of help when it comes to technology. This is great for business! I've seen some reviews on here that are good and bad (and some even seem planted) so let me get real with you about Medidata:
    -The founders still run the place, which means this is a lifestyle for them, which means the passion is still there and that is ALWAYS a good thing for a thriving business. Tarek and Glen are pretty grounded too. It's good to see.
    -Many comments here seem to bash a "New HR" department, but i've never had a problem. I've always been able to talk candidly and they are quite helpful.
    -I've never had to ask for a raise, or threaten to leave to get a raise or promotion. I know people do that, but the management here treat you right if you do good work.
    -We are light years ahead of our competition, and barrier to entry in this market is very high. People stay here because leaving the company to goto a competitor is usually a step down.
    -The New York office is an awesome atmosphere. Creative, fun, energetic, and young.
    -Unlimited Vacation - which in reality you probably won't take more than 3 weeks, 4 weeks, but it's nice not to track.
    -Flexible work schedule. Working remote is the best and it would be very hard to work full time in an office ever again. You are expected to pull your weight, and go into the office when needed, but no one is playing Bill Lumburgh here. We're all adults.

    Cons

    If you are in any other department besides Sales or sales related, life is harder, and rewards are not as good. It all depends on what you like to do with your job. If you love to be a project manager, then you love a challenge. If you love to code, then you are in the right place. You'll love what you do, but bonuses are much lower outside of sales (which matches the high risk high return philosophy.)
    -The company is starting to grow up, so some "big company" policies are starting to emerge. This isn't the end of the world, but is one of the final nails in the startup company coffin.
    -The 401k match is pretty low (3% i think) but there are a host of other benefits. It's not always about the money.
    -Career paths are tough and not always laid out. Some people will climb the ladder very fast, while others do not. Like anything in life, you need to work for what you get. No one will get promoted because "they checked all the boxes." No one is entitled to anything. That being said, there are a lot of politics involved especially over the past 2 years. Know how to play the game, but be real to yourself and your team.
    -You work a lot here, so the work life balance is tough to manage. However, would you rather do your 9-5 making widgets and that's it? Some people need more, so this is a con only if you are done with this lifestyle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tarek keeps saying, "If we continue to execute, we will exceed all of our expectations." Keep doing that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    hi energy dynamic disjoint envronment

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    • 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
  11. 3 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

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