Pharmaceutical Product Development

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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews in Cambridge, East of England, England

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
304 Reviews
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Pros
  • Allow employees to work from home after a time period of working in office (in 18 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance is ok and the employees are very nice to work with (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance does not exist-although they claim it's a high priority (in 24 reviews)

  • High employee turnover due to burn out, no work life balance, sink or swim attitude (in 12 reviews)

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    Tough but fair employers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Contracts Specialist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Contracts Specialist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Don't work here if you are scared of hard work

    Cons

    There seems to be a revolving door on the front - set to out only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the staff together more and get them to support your initiatives.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Words rather than action

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Director in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Medical Director in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A friendly atmosphere and a very diverse activity

    Cons

    Lots of promises at hire, and later on for professionnal development, but internal prefences and external "friendships" are often prioritized and are more valued than competency. Someone with no management experience and no scientific knowledge can be named a VP just out of personal relationships...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Savings are not the only value ! A clear management and development strategy should be defined AND implemented. Competencies and values should be the main criterion for hire / promotion, and specialists should be hired as needed instead of cheaper non-specialists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Will wring you out.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience of the industry.
    Granta Park is pleasant.
    Home working when requested.
    Good canteen, although many people just work thorough lunch.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Don’t expect to be doing anything else of an evening.
    A lot of unpaid overtime, do not expect any time off in lieu and probably not any thanks. No slack in the system so staff are expected to do overtime due to other staff having left, are ill or on holiday. You will earn your holiday with a lot of overtime pre and post your time off.
    Training in some departments is poor.
    Too many different systems that do not work together. Some rationalisation required.
    Difficult to get to know people even in the same building.
    Lots of people are bad tempered with each other. Usually because they have too much to do and are always stressed.
    Below inflation pay rise – most people got a 1.3% pay rise last year.
    High turnover. Most people leave because competitors are offering higher pay or due to excessive workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure appropriate staffing levels.
    Stop worrying about saving a few ££ on colour photocopying and give people time to actually put some continuous improvement processes in place if you really want to save money and improve service. You are overloading many people so they are only doing the urgent tasks, which is leading to mistakes and poor service, which is ultimately a false economy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A soulless abyss.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The bus to PPD is £1 each way leaving from the station and town

    Cons

    PPD has developed a culture which seeks to dictate rather than encourage.
    Working environment is very insolar with employees furiously tapping at their computers.
    There is a strong emphasis placed upon process and policy to the extent that common sense is abandoned and initiative is actively discouraged.
    The Management style is not conducive to employee development. Rather it is based upon top down directives which you quickly understand to conform to otherwise be ostracised.
    Management with the department i work are a tight knit group who backed one another at the general expense of their subordinates including refusing to talk to certain employees and openly lying about their performance to others.
    Poor communication generally from management and no gratitude shown for the hard work performed by employees
    Highly questionable level of integrity amongst management
    Archaic systems and multiple platforms which do not communicate to each other resulting in a high level of duplication of work
    Despite a 10% increase in EBITDA employee's payrise were 1.3%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to re-evaluate what the role of a manager is and provide leadership courses to their current management. Currently management do not place value on the importance on being able to adapt management style to suit employees whilst recognising that all employees are different. Their management is stuck in the dark ages with no ability to relate to their employees.

    Morale need to be addressed.

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