PRA Health Sciences

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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
159 Reviews
3.1
159 Reviews
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
Colin Shannon
95 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good ongoing training, tries to keep work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Option to work from home a few days a week a plus (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Don't always manage work/life balance well, overworking their best staff members (in 14 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    In House CRA

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  2. 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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    Senior Trial Specialist

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    • 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 for 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
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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Medical Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    PRA review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    PRA has many strong functional managers that help facilitate to the success of the CRA at this company. Project assignment is per project not regional . Therefore usually only 1 -2 protocols vs 10-15 being a regional employee.Days expected to be on site is reasonable.

    Cons

    Although it can be a benefit to be assigned per project -travel time to sites can be a negative factor. Projects Clinical trial managers are over worked .They are not given enough time to properly manage,which leads to fixing problems rather than preventing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    review the CTM role for time required to projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Project Manager

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    • 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 for 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.  

    Statistician

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues were friendly environment and plenty of work to be doing.

    Cons

    No work life balance. overworked and little opportunity for development.

    Recommends
    Positive 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  

    Great work life balance!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off. Managers try their best to be supportive and helpful.

    Cons

    Horrible at promoting from within. Salary isn't as competitive as it could be compared to industry.

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