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PRA International Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
156 Reviews

3.1
156 Reviews
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PRA International President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
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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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    Senior Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

    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
  2. 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

    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
  3.  

    Medical Director

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

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work life balance!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Will always consider PRA my home.

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

    Pros

    Great Training for new hires and on-going
    Good Technology; always looking to get the best technology
    Lots of varied experience across peers to use as resources

    Cons

    Leadership
    communication down to the masses
    Got too big and lost that nice family feel; more of a number now than a part of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your leaders know the job positions and departments that they are over. Promote more from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Clinical Research Associate

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

    Pros

    Good systems, training is very organized

    Cons

    High turnover, travel too much

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Miserable

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

    Pros

    Compensation was adequate at the start, but after working 75 hours per week, the salary didn't equate. The medical benefits were good.

    Cons

    There was no flexibility, at least in the department I worked in. The manager had no people skills. Staff was afraid of getting caught having a conversation that was not 'company' related and they were afraid to have an open line of communication for fear of retaliation. There was no work/life balance, always understaffed and work their best people the hardest. You lose 1/2 of your accrued PTO upon departure from the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees so that you can retain good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK but needs improvement

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

    Pros

    Fantastic co-workers, work life balance good, benefits are comparable, management is pleasant and flexible. Great training ground for clinical research.

    Cons

    It can come off that managers play favorites, career growth is hard to come by don't expect a promotion even if you qualify. Management will say the right buzz words to keep you interested and make you stay but things rarely materialize.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the employees that deserve to be promoted or you risk losing them to competitors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Still a good place to spend a long career.

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

    Pros

    Great people who strive to be great at serving their customers. Foster a good eam environment with sponsored team building social events. Foster career growth especially for lower level people wanted to gain valuable experience.

    Cons

    Don't always manage work/life balance well, overworking their best staff members. programming environment is old and outdated but will soon be upgraded to a state of the art environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay what it takes to retain your best and brightest. These will become the future leaders of your company and be the mentors for the next generation of young employees. If you continue to let the fast risers leave for more money there will be an uphill battle to realize the desired growth of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company - some departments better than others

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

    Pros

    My coworkers were great! The company has great benefits as well and works to take care of employees. Managers were very open.

    Cons

    As a project analyst there was not much room for growth which led to high turnover from that team. Also, that position specifically was far too broad and all-encompassing to handle the level of turnover, causing analysts to be overworked with unrealistic expectations of how much of a load could be handled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure the Project Analyst in a role that you stop losing so many good people. The highers that are made are great, but with no room to move up the best people will constantly be leaving which is already hard to stop with so many other CROs in the area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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