PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Hard to stand out, even when you work really hard!

    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really understand the need to have a flexible work schedule; my teams were really great to work with.

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities for project associates - you had to go the CRA route in order to move up and that job isn't for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities with different career paths - it would have been nice to have the option to move to Regulatory, Data Management, Safety, etc., but those opportunities were not there in the La Jolla office.

  2. Helpful (4)

    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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Helpful (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)

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

    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 Management

    Please continue to remain transparent.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    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)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Gather and use employee feedback.

  6. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (2)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    Communicate more often

  8. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    Keep up the good work

  9. Helpful (3)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    Could we please consolidate some of these computer systems?

  10. Helpful (4)

    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)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (5)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    Promote the good talent you have within the company.

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