Medpace Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Medpace President and CEO August Troendle
August Troendle
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Pros
  • If you work at the office there is a nice workout facility and free lunch (in 9 reviews)

  • Benefits are decent with a good work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The lab is a rather toxic environment but employees are staying mainly because of the money (in 3 reviews)

  • Bad supervisors get to stick around while undervalued employees that make a difference get fed up and leave (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Overall a good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Medpace full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, free lunch, well rewarded over time (yearly bonuses and merit raises, stock options for higher level employees), free fitness classes and gym. Very little micromanaging, most managers empathetic, good vacation time and sick time.

    Cons

    Upper management seems disorganized, very little training for managers on how to manage people, inconsistent policies, no ability to work from home for most positions, benefits are slightly expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Add in more levels so that long-standing employees have somewhere to go. Add in another vacation tier at 10 years, consider work from home possibilities.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company for entry level CRAs

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

    I have been working at Medpace full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Robust training program and friendly environment. Exceptional support from CRA managers and training department

    Cons

    Low salary (below industry standard for the area) and expensive health insurance. Training program may be a bit too accelerated and rushed for individuals without a clinical research background.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider the use of incentives and retention bonuses to keep talent and offer more competetitive salaries. Also, please try to allocate newly trained CRAs to projects soon after training completion.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Pros are its Cons

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

    I have been working at Medpace full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The growth. Personal growth potential has historically been great. Fast company growth has created opportunities one wouldn't get anywhere else. Free lunches are provided daily, along with gym and fitness classes. Food trucks stop by several times a week for something different, and recent announcements reveal huge development plans around the campus (hotel, restaurants, etc.). Mid-size means access to executives is still a reality. Outside hires in high positions may change the culture...things like working from home could some day become possible.

    Cons

    The growth. Some departments are understaffed, others are overstaffed. Executive access is still available but is decreasing. Inability to make decisions without director and executive involvement. Trend of working with biotechs creates micromanaging monsters on the sponsor side, operationally. Size is still small enough that the client has direct executive/CEO access to complain about you personally. With the exception of CRAs, the training is inadequate, at best. Flexibility is a coin toss--just depends on who your supervisor is. Overall morale is very mediocre. Compensation is good but certainly not fair considering the stress and demands of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Relinquish some decision making control. Revert back to early company management style: we are the experts on managing the trials. Caving to client demands 100% creates an environment where "you just can't win".


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Clinical Research Associates Beware!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CMA in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - CMA in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Medpace

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Lunch, that is about all...and they have food trucks once a week. The building is colorful.

    Cons

    Management
    Training- Or lack there of
    Everything about this place. It's kind of like starting Highschool all over again. Simply avoid this place. They let people go for no reason, no warning, no nothing. A lot of times before their yearly bonus is due or before training is complete.

    Advice to Management

    Ask yourself do you want quality employees or ones that you can train as puppets? Make decisions for your team and not let upper management that has never met the employees make the call. You should know your team, don't let others dictate who is good and who is not...Word of advice you have let go of a lot of talented people for the "Puppets"...Who doesn't like employees who ask a lot of questions.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Greed shall be name of the company

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

    I worked at Medpace full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They will take onboard not experienced people, as such workforce is cheaper and easier to recruit.

    Cons

    The philosophy of owner is to maximize profits and the only way to do it is to get as much as he can from people. No ethics, no respect, only money that counts.
    There is also a large bunch of friends employeed. If you become one of them good for you but it can shift fast as winds are changing all the time. They love changing people and fire a lot. Turnover is huge due to high workload itself, Do not count on promotions, bonuses are low.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. They will never change. Unfortunately with this economy and market situation they can work like that for years, until market changes and they are wiped off.


  7. Helpful (12)

    Goes downhill quickly

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

    I have been working at Medpace full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This company gave me a chance to get into clinical research when others would not. Thanks to Medpace, I have found a field I enjoy. The free lunch and soda/coffee/tea is nice. Food trucks come to the area a couple times a week. The office environment is quiet and the cubicles are large and not shared.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? There is so much pressure, stress, and anxiety here to perform. Many here work 40+ hours with CRAs working 60+ a week. Management understands this is a problem but has no idea how to alleviate it. New employees are being hired but sponsors do not want to work with new CRAs and the experienced ones get more work. The morale is incredibly low. I could go on, but I just feel depressed walking in the doors of this building. I cannot wait to work for a company with a better attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that making money is not worth losing quality employees. The turnover at this company is embarrassing and maybe it's time to recognize that. With a service based company, your greatest asset are your employees.


  8. Helpful (10)

    Clinical Research Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medpace full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch, free workout facility, friendly employees and nice building.

    Cons

    This place is great to get your foot in the door in the research industry, however not a place to stay long term. You will always feel like you are being micromanaged, promised to work from home and a constant fear of being fired. Additionally, the CRA managers only want to protect their image even if it means doing wrong. The president of the company portrays an unwelcoming attitude in the quarterly meetings and the company uses scare tactics.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and ensure your employees are happy at your company by keeping your word. While working at this company, many CRA's were very unhappy for several reasons. Management is never on the same page and the rules change for different people. The reason this company hires so often is to keep up with the amount of people they fire.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Project coordinator

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

    I worked at Medpace full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    3 weeks paid vacation, can flex your work time, free lunch, free gym

    Cons

    Poor training. Thrown to the Wolves type of training. And poor mgmt. you will be in a cube sitting all day.

    Advice to Management

    Formalize the training for PC's


  10. Helpful (5)

    Cool office, cool people, did not like the company training philosophy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Intern in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Intern in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Medpace full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, nice office space. Good work/life balance. The free gym is nice.

    Cons

    They market the free lunch, it's terrible. They hire a large group of people and don't provide great training. They have the philosophy of throwing everything at the wall and waiting to see what sticks. I was trained by other interns, not a trainer or my manager

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Maybe consider hirring a lower quantity, but higher quality. Managers should have some contact with employees. i went multiple weeks at a time without any communication from my manager.


  11. Helpful (17)

    Be Very Aware of This Company

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

    I worked at Medpace full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure for non-clinical associates to be exposed to the industry....However the cons outweigh this benefit.
    Nice co-workers who enjoy what they do

    Cons

    This company is very crafty at "low-balling" all clinical associates in this industry. The company is always hiring because they are always firing. The reason they train is because they want to start individuals at a low salary so that they don't have to pay you the standard salary in the CRO industry for clinical associates. Once a person with the company gets close to standard pay in the industry, they fire them and give their studies to the underpaid associates, the companies cunning business trick to overwork and underpay hard working individuals in this industry and not have to pay employees their worth. If you are a CRA with current exposure to the industry work for another CRO instead of Medpace so you can get paid the standard salary in this industry and have a stable job and work life balance. If you do have to work for this company in order to gain exposure into the clinical market make sure to proceed with as much precaution as possible. Work smart every single day and have copies of everything important in regards to your employment or anything that you sign so that when they low-ball you, you can protect yourself. I wouldn't advise working with this company for more than a year or 2 at most, the company seems like they are in financial trouble. they are constantly looking for someone to buy them and there are always so many CRAs without any studies waiting for assignment. Medpace would be a better company if they would fix their training program, treat employees valuable in all respects especially employees that are located outside of headquarters location. I understand that all companies have their issues and are not perfect but in comparison to other CRO'S Medpace does not compare at all. Switching companies was the best decision I've made thus far. Overall be smart and proceed with caution if you do decide to work for this company hopefully don't ignore the warnings and work smart.



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