Pharm-Olam International Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Confused about what direction the company is going

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

    I have been working at Pharm-Olam International full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    OK this is a hard review to write. This company is so confusing. Sometimes it feels like a great place to work. Other times it is so chaotic that it's hard to believe they can keep business, let alone return customers

    The work life balance for most is good, but as per usual, not so much for CRAs. Bottom line, if you're in clinical, it really depends on the project manager and the sponsor of the project. Both can make it a great experience or bad enough to look for another job. I think this is the same for most CROs.

    Career opportunities are there if you're willing to stick it out in the US but there are more chances for advancement in other countries.

    Cons

    They require those who work within a 60 mile radius of the company to report to the office. Seriously? Every other CRO is going the opposite way, but not Pharm-Olam.

    It's one thing to force employees to work in a office but it's ridiculous when the office is an absolute dump. Seriously, the padding on some of arms of chairs is held together with duck tape, the carpet is filthy and threadbare and is so old there's no color left where people walk.

    The office in Houston is in one of the most dangerous areas of Houston and is next to a strip club.

    The insurance coverage is marginal. It will cover most procedures but expect to pay for it with high premiums and a bill from the provider.

    Offices outside the US are nicer (at least from the pictures I've seen) and there seems to be more opportunities for promotion overseas.

    I really wonder where the company is going. Are they going to invest in updated systems and employees, or are they maintaining a positive cash flow to make the company look good for a future sale? Hard to say.

    Advice to Management

    They're too busy bickering with themselves to listen... Just go to the Houston office and listen to them scream at each other


  2. New CEO is disrespectful

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

    I worked at Pharm-Olam International full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Previous CEO still owns it, and he is a nice and respectful person. COO, CFO, and CCO are the same as well.

    Cons

    New CEO doesn't understand that we aren't a production based company, like his previous place. Yelling and disrespect for the common person. We have educational professionalism in which means that don't need to be yelled at with total disregard for respect. Cursing and yelling isn't a good way to grow a company.

    Advice to Management

    Sanjiv has caused, and will cause more to resign. I am Jewish, and I would like to say, whoever shames another in public
    Is like one who sheds blood.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Management incompetent

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

    I have been working at Pharm-Olam International full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    compensation acceptable - blames employees for things they have no control over.

    Cons

    bad behavior tolerated/encouraged. work-life balance non-existent. company values - difficult to see what they are other than drive revenue and change order their clients to death. customer service poor, clients dissatisfied frequently. high turnover, HR inexperienced. hiring process flawed.

    Advice to Management

    keep your clients and employees happy. this will grow the business. get some experienced HR personnel. stop tolerating bad behavior. don't continue to promote incompetent people to higher positions.


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  5. Great working environment with possibilities of working from home occasionally.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Auditor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Payroll Auditor in Houston, TX

    I worked at Pharm-Olam International full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, decent pay, good for getting experience, and some possibilities of moving up in the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work I had seemed to never end and I would get behind so I would stay late to finish up.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the motivational environment and you'll do fine.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Former Employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CRA in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - CRA in Houston, TX

    I worked at Pharm-Olam International full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The people were wonderful and the benefits were acceptable..

    Cons

    The training was lacking; the company culture pitted person against person and the compensation was less for women.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise upper management to recognize there is no company without the people and to allow some decision making to come from those who are doing the job and not just from the top down.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Data Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Management in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Data Management in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Pharm-Olam International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros to this company

    Cons

    This company is cheap. Very high turnover rate. Which says a lot about the company.

    Advice to Management

    Fire them


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great product, terrible management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Business Development in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Business Development in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Pharm-Olam International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Could be a wonderful resource.

    Cons

    Management is totally uncoordinated and inconsistent. Takes 3x as long to get things done, and the end result is shoddy.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a consistent strategy, implement it, and stick to it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Yin and Yang

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Ascot, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Ascot, England (UK)

    I have been working at Pharm-Olam International full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, pleasant office location, set in leafy parkland grounds of a former grand house between Bracknell and Ascot.

    Cons

    training is considered a benefit and not a necassity. You are expected to train in your own time. This is an unusual approach, and this company policy on training is not made apparent at interview, but any training you are given will be done in your own time. If you are prepared for this, you'll enjoy working here.

    Advice to Management

    Real flexi-time would be better than the current half flexible, half set-in-stone working hours currently offered.
    Many employees have children and more flexibility is needed, including a more acceptable working from home policy.


  10. Olam

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Pharm-Olam International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people: very helpful and friendly atmosphere. A lot of responsibilities, flexible times, flat hierarchy, a lot travel, competitive salary.

    Cons

    Difficult to manage vacations since a lot of meetings, sometimes you will be relocated to remote places, too much travel


  11. Good placefor entry level clinical research professionals

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

    I worked at Pharm-Olam International

    Pros

    good place to work. casula atmosphere, great hr personnel.

    Cons

    work place friction can sometimes cause people to leave POI.

    Advice to Management

    managhers are understanding. flex hours possible.



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