PRA International Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
157 Reviews

3.1
157 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    PRA exponentially growing company with good prospects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRA III  in  Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - CRA III in Utrecht (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    PRA was and is exponentially growing over last couple of years. This opens up a lot op opportunities for the employees. Hard work is well acknowledged at PRA. Benefits are good. Also the team is well motivated. For people who have enough self discipline and live far enough from the office, there is an opportunity to work home based.

    Cons

    If you want to lay back and just get your salary every month, don't apply at PRA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue in being the best in what you do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Progressive and Flexible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at PRA International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    PRA is a great place to work for project managers who want to feel supported. PRA is a big company, but that's not so bad after you've tried to work for a start-up like I have. Management is supportive and flexible and adaptive to the needs of staff and Sponsors. They're also willing to listen to good ideas and take risks. They were quick in hiring compared to other CROs and thorough in the interview process. I work with some great people and really enjoy going to work every day there. PRA won CRO of the year for the 2nd or 3rd consecutive year...they are doing things right. Oh...and there's free breakfast every Friday.

    Cons

    A big company feel.
    Big network of systems to navigate and finding the information you need (at least the systems are all integrated, though).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    accommodative and fair company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate  in  Mannheim (Germany)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Mannheim (Germany)

    I have been working at PRA International part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    opportunity for advancement, yearly review, work/life balance

    Cons

    I have no cons for PRA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Senior CRA

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CRA  in  Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)

    I have been working at PRA International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work from home, car, phone, flexibility, autonomy, possible transfer between countries a huge plus for me.

    Cons

    Very little cons, they value employees however could have 2 instead of 1 yearly meeting for CRAs at the central office in WAW (like before).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none at this time - love this company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place for Growth, Driving Change to make a difference, and Work Life Balance

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

    I have been working at PRA International full-time

    Pros

    Excellent growth opportunities for high performers
    Competitive benefits and pay
    Great paid time off policy
    Opportunities to drive change
    Using technology to make more efficient use of time and for better customer experience
    Culture is one of collaboration, teamwork, fun, and fast-paced.

    Cons

    As with any fast growing company, it is expected that opportunities will exist to improve. Communications can always improve. In some cases, leaders may not be as effective as they should be so this could be a negative for some. Great to see several new initiatives being rolled out that will help improve these two areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue hearing the voice of the employees and driving change for the better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DMA
    Current Employee - DMA

    I have been working at PRA International

    Pros

    Great opportunities for growth, if desired.
    Great benefits
    Work/life balance is exceptional
    The management works with employees to help them as much as possible

    Cons

    A lot of responsibilities that can overwhelm at the very beginning
    Repetitive
    Pay is not great starting out (BUT have opportunities to make more relatively early in career)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best job I have ever had

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at PRA International

    Pros

    I have had a great experience working here. Praised when I have done well, promoted quickly and love the atmosphere and people and I work with.

    Cons

    Just going through the transition of growing so quickly - it 's a great but requires also requires changes, so you need to be flexible and open to change to work here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I Feel Like I am Apart Of Something BIG!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subject Matter Expert
    Current Employee - Subject Matter Expert

    I have been working at PRA International

    Pros

    - Work-life balance is great
    - Great technology to allow employees to work remotely or from a home office
    - Atmosphere is upbeat
    - love the we have a purpose and we are winning attitudes.

    Cons

    - need to automate processes a little more (get rid of spreadsheets!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - don't really like the "on-the-behalf-of" messages from executive management. Seems so disconnected and impersonal. I realize you are busy and that your exec admins are sending the messages, but the message(s) would have much more impact and meaning coming directly from the leaders of our great company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I love it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at PRA International

    Pros

    I enjoy every aspect of working here. I really cant think of anything negative. Breakfast every Friday, dry cleaing delivered to and picked up from the office, chair massages, and even a car detailer.

    Cons

    There really are no cons. The only thing I could even think would be more pay, but who doesn't want that?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership at PRA is really well rounded. They are very compassionate people who seem to care for their employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PRA Employee
    Current Employee - PRA Employee

    I have been working at PRA International

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on career path development in Clinical Operations
    Ample opportunity for internal promotion
    Fosters a culture of innovation in a conservative field

    Cons

    PRA is growing rapidly and focused on attracting talent at all levels of the organization. Lots of opportunity in this growth, but it's very busy!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal communication is good and opportunities continue to arise for feedback to PRA management - directly or via surveys and facilitated feedback sessions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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