PRA Health Sciences

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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
164 Reviews
3.2
164 Reviews
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
Colin Shannon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent systems, work/life balance is the same as at every CRO (in 22 reviews)

  • Option to work from home a few days a week a plus (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Don't always manage work/life balance well, overworking their best staff members (in 15 reviews)

  • There is a strong sense disseminates from upper management that the bottom line now outweighs quality in staffing (in 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Descent CRO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Wilmington, NC

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Happy with my salary & benefits. Manageable travel expectations. Good managers. They keep protocols to 1-2 at a time. No SWAT visits, like I've done at other companies, where I had to learn a protocol on the flight to the site! PRA has great training. Great expectations for the managers to ensure training of the staff.

    Cons

    So many computer systems that "clash"...some require Google Chrome & some require Internet Explorer. I'm not a computer geek for goodness sake. Lots of redundant documenting...example: one project required us to document our phone contact reports in CTMS & another system. SO many systems!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could we please consolidate some of these computer systems?

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

    Good people except for the CEO

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, most of the middle and senior management are nice

    Cons

    CEO behavior is out of control. Recently arrested for DWI - surprised this was the first time. Company Execs so focused on making money with the upcoming IPO, they're pretending as though this behavior didn't happen or doesn't matter. Check out wakemugshots and enter in the name colin shannon and you'll see first hand the great leadership of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change top leadership - this is embarrasing. There are some good people at this company, but with the ongoing antics of the leadership, they are underrepresented and devalued.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Okay place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Blue Bell, PA
    Current Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Blue Bell, PA

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training. System easy to use.

    Cons

    No promotion within. Must be a favorite to move up. Work environment is very noisy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the good talent you have within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    In House CRA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - In House CRA in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - In House CRA in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They have a really generous vacation accrual (6hrs every 2 weeks, increases the longer you're there) and the staff and management are really friendly and cooperative. They're very flexible; if you have an appointment and need to take off a few hours, you can stay later another day(s) to compensate instead of using your PTO. It's a very supportive environment and your manager really exists more to guide you and develop your career, not someone to dread meeting with. They have realistic workloads and won't throw you under the bus or overwork you if a project is taking longer than expected. You should like your study team and vice-versa, and if that's not the case you don't have to be afraid to talk to your manager about it, since they are independent of your team.

    Cons

    If the pay was higher, it would be the perfect job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mixed bag ... not my best employer, not my worst

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Good salary, good bennies, generous vacation policy for a US company
    - Strong therapeutic leadership
    - Some really good people around here
    - Decent systems, work/life balance is the same as at every CRO

    Cons

    - Some really good people at high levels have left
    - Some not-so-good people can't be eliminated, or have brown-nosed their way into permanence
    - Poor communication between US and ex-US offices
    - CEO is an HR nightmare

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Try harder to keep the good people
    - Foster better communication on a global scale

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Trial Specialist

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

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    people, flexibility, work from home, work load

    Cons

    no career path, since becoming PRA (we were formerly RPS) there have been many changes -- most of them not to the employees benefit, salary is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees, need a career path

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Project Manager

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    PRA can provide you great exposure to different therapeutic areas, complex, and international trials.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to get promoted to the PD level and join company initiatives to gain more visibility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Qualification

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Very welcoming atmosphere. Managers and higher ups really believe in the company and what they do. Management always willing to make time to talk. Good benefits. Good social aspect within the workplace.

    Cons

    If you start at a beginning position you will stay there until further notice. No solid path available for being able to move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ask where someone wants to work up to in the company and then say that you don't know when the next time the training program to make the move will occur.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    No work life balance

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Technology and benefits are all very good.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance with studies continually under budgeted and/or under resourced. Constant trainings (SOPs) are great but include time to review when we're allocated to projects so we actually have time to complete them. Bonuses are few and far between and merit increases are a joke. Unless you're someone's favorite, it takes over 2.5 years to be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people well so they want to stay. Get rid of the mentality that you can continue to push employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Medical Director

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

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home some days.

    Cons

    Out of touch senior management; top-down leadership. Medical directors are expected to cover 24/7/365 with no vacation coverage arrangements. Staffing is reactive. No opportunities for professional development within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to be much more involved in day-to-day operations to better understand and address the organizational and systems needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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