PRA Health Sciences

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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
183 Reviews
3.5
183 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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, mid-level management, not so much

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

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

    Pros

    Being "down in the trenches" of IT, this was a great place to work. Supportive direct management, and co-workers, a real team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Director-level managers did nothing to promote a work-life balanced, or team environment. They were disengaged, and seemed uncaring for the staff who'd been hard-working contributors. Just use them up, and toss them out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In IT, communication from mid-level management was non-existent. Silo'd teams each had their own agenda, and the director did nothing to promote a broader level of cooperation between teams.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great Benefits, Horrible Communication

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Lenexa, KS

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

    Pros

    An extremely generous company, upper management is very personable and sincere.

    Cons

    Could use an upgrade in the technology department. Poor Communication, Better Training, note sensible workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gather and use employee feedback.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person 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
  6.  

    Great people, management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Great management, manager concern and oversite, up-to-date systems

    Cons

    Poor inter-departmental communication, could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invite other departments to meetings so that employees can get an idea of the "big picture".

  7.  

    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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Clinical Study Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Great Medical Director within the clinic. She will help you and train you when needed. Best doctor I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    They have no training. No one is on the same page which makes it really hard to work. Way over work. No work life and home life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should set up a training department that trains all new employees coming on board.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 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 a 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 a 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
  11. 3 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 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

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