PRA Health Sciences

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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
194 Reviews
3.3
194 Reviews
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director 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 16 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.  

    Great Employer!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I joined few months ago and can clearly say it is the best employer I ever worked for. Great attitude, team spirit, support, also benefits and salary package.

    Cons

    Nothing worth to mention to be honest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place!

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Great management no complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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.

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility is one of the best things at this company

    Cons

    Maybe a local IT would help a lot the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to say, i have a good relations with them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great company! Great people!

    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider being more open to working from home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    PRA - SR CRA experience

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

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

    Pros

    I have been at PRA as a Sr CRA for one year and it has been a very positive experience. I especially appreciated the the onboard training and the opportunity to learn their systems. Pros are - good FM, online tools, and the spirit of teamwork. I especially appreciate the support provided by in-house staff. I have worked at other CROs and Sponsors, and this is for me, a good fit. Co-workers have had the opportunity to transition from monitoring to project management, so there is evidence of career growth.

    Cons

    Like all monitoring positions, finding a work/life balance can be a challenge. Project meetings with CRAs could be more useful if representatives from data management were included (at least on occasion).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to remain transparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging - Rewarding

    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, moving around across departments is not only allowed, it's encouraged. Large international company but has maintained the camaraderie and culture of a smaller firm. You are held accountable, but when you deliver with quality work, you are rewarded. Fellow employees are often there to help and support you.

    Cons

    Communication could improve - we want to know whats going on whether it's good or bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great training enviornment

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    The people are great and the information systems are top notch. As a growing company, there is a lot of room for opportunities especially at the entry level. 4 weeks of PTO right off the bat is unheard of.

    Cons

    Communication between management and CRA's is average. Management of work life balance is so so, but when there is a lot of travel that can be the case

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    PRA exponentially growing company with good prospects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRA III in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - CRA III in Utrecht (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    PRA was and is exponentially growing over last couple of years. This opens up a lot op opportunities for the employees. Hard work is well acknowledged at PRA. Benefits are good. Also the team is well motivated. For people who have enough self discipline and live far enough from the office, there is an opportunity to work home based.

    Cons

    If you want to lay back and just get your salary every month, don't apply at PRA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue in being the best in what you do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Progressive and Flexible

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    PRA is a great place to work for project managers who want to feel supported. PRA is a big company, but that's not so bad after you've tried to work for a start-up like I have. Management is supportive and flexible and adaptive to the needs of staff and Sponsors. They're also willing to listen to good ideas and take risks. They were quick in hiring compared to other CROs and thorough in the interview process. I work with some great people and really enjoy going to work every day there. PRA won CRO of the year for the 2nd or 3rd consecutive year...they are doing things right. Oh...and there's free breakfast every Friday.

    Cons

    A big company feel.
    Big network of systems to navigate and finding the information you need (at least the systems are all integrated, though).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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