PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
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. Regulatory Affairs assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Assistant in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, environment, good managers and professional

    Cons

    promotion is very slow, when you are alocated in another initiative your manager does not following your activities


  2. Data Entry Operator

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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. Cra

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work from home is good

    Cons

    Not enough Pto more is better


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  5. Data manager

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

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

    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Atmosphere, team oriented

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

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Managers were great and easy to work with, gain a great reputation with each one. Co-workers were pleasant and easy to get along with. Mature atmosphere. Adequate training program. Growth potential if you put your work in.

    Cons

    Hard to get full time


  7. Clinical Research Associate

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Growing company, but still values employees

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Too much downtime

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist/Lab Technician in Murray, UT
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist/Lab Technician in Murray, UT

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

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

    Pros

    Good schedule flexibility, positive people to work with

    Cons

    Way too much downtime, lab staff is highly underappreciated

    Advice to Management

    Hire the people who are willing to work hard in all circumstances


  10. Helpful (1)

    THEY FINALLY WOKE UP!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Informatics Specialist in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Clinical Informatics Specialist in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences part-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    none... I'm please to see that PRA or the new managerment saw through some of the worst managers I've ever worked with and got rid of. As some of us were forced out of jobs simply because we weren't on facebook with the manager it is nice to see/hear that what goes around comes around it the same thing happened to them. good riddance to the worst rubbish.

    Cons

    with a bit of luck and better judgement PRA might be able to stem to follow of experienced people.

    Advice to Management

    make sure they can do the job not just talk a good talk.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Clinical Team Manager

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

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

    Pros

    5 weeks of PTO for those who reach 3 years in the company

    Cons

    No promotions, compensation is low

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your CRAs, promote from within



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