PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
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Pros
  • Work life balance usually respected (in 22 reviews)

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

Cons
  • There is no work life balance with studies continually under budgeted and/or under resourced (in 16 reviews)

  • Poor upper management cohesiveness (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Growing company, but still values employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences (More than a year)

    Pros

    I work on corporate side of things, not clinical, so I can't speak to that part of the company. However, in my experience, PRA values it's employees and fosters a good working environment. Though the demands are high, mgt is respectful and the sometimes challenging workload is offset by flexible hours (at least in my group) and opportunities for career growth. Clinical research is a fast paced and fascinating industry, especially considering the growth PRA has experienced over the last few years, so that ensures that employees are never bored.

    Cons

    PRA recently went public, and although this is good for the bottom line, employee benefits have been cut somewhat (less PTO for new employees, no rollover of PTO, downgraded health plan). I caution mgt not to go much further with this, as it could damage our ability to attract new talent.

    Advice to Management

    In addition to the above comments, I would like to see a stock option for employees. Other large public companies have this, so I think this would be a welcome option for employees as well as provide an incentive for new employees.


  2. Data Entry Operator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Entry Operator in Fort Washington, PA
    Former Employee - Data Entry Operator in Fort Washington, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Encouraged to speak up, procedures outlined clearly so no room for errors, able to work from home some days depending on the partner company your department was assigned to. Great work/home balance. Management and co-workers were friendly (Ft.Washington, PA office)

    Cons

    Due to managers/supervisors being very busy with meetings it was sometimes hard to get an answer to an e-mailed inquiry. But eventually you did, you just have to wait 2 or 3 days. Their reply was always friendly and helpful.

    Advice to Management

    Have supervisors adhere to better response time when subordinates have questions. Color code inbox to quickly see if e-mail is coming from a subordinate or an outside Partner. At the minimum reply that you'll "be looking into it". Many times it leaves the employee wondering if the supervisor even saw your e-mail.


  3. Data manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blue Bell, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blue Bell, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    PRA is fast paced company. They offer a flexible work environment but you have to have the ability to keep up with the work. They offer excellent benefits and value their employees.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth


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  5. Clinical Research Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Excellent company that is dynamic and ever evolving. Will find opportunities to grow your career if you are willing to put in the effort.

    Cons

    I have none at this time.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Clinical Team Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive, great work/life balance, work from home option

    Cons

    Salaries lower than industry, hard to advance in company if home based


  7. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, growing, intelligent, quality and global

    Cons

    fast growth and moving quickly


  8. Helpful (1)

    medical research associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Research Associate in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Medical Research Associate in Lenexa, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff and close to home

    Cons

    There are times that I wish I could work more hours.

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Place!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office, great management, nice training, awesome opportunities for advancement, great industry to be in!

    Cons

    The only con is that the work tends to ebb and flow. You can have a lot of down of time and try to find ways to bill your time and other times you are super busy!

    Advice to Management

    Great management no complaints


  10. Helpful (3)

    From day one, my experience with PRA has been that the culture here supports a very supportive atmosphere. Senior management keeps employees informed about the company's position. The training is stellar. PRA also keeps up with technology.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Informatics Manager in Blue Bell, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Informatics Manager in Blue Bell, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home. Training opportunities. Supportive environment. Individual freedom to adjust schedule to allow for a work-life balance.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to make connections with Co-workers in a remote setting. Can be frugal about approving reimbursements & promotions may take a while but this is also a testament to savvy financial management.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with staff, even the difficult conversations. Honesty is best. Talk about advancement with staff - what people need to do, the process of requesting promotions, wait time involved. These are important factors to keep up morale.


  11. Great company! Great people!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement. Friendly/casual corporate culture. The company is growing very rapidly so there are always opportunities to improve your career

    Cons

    Limited work from home options

    Advice to Management

    Consider being more open to working from home.



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