Pharmaceutical Product Development

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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews in Raleigh-Durham, NC

Updated November 28, 2014
Updated November 28, 2014
308 Reviews
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Pros
  • Allow employees to work from home after a time period of working in office (in 19 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 25 reviews)

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

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    PPD

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good vacation time, and adequate benefits. Its a good place to start a career and get your feet wet in the CRO industry. Good place for lower to middle management growth.

    Cons

    Like all CROs, it is a project driven company. That can mean work overload, staff shortage, and tight timelines. Lots of outsourcing recently particularly in IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on employee well being would be great. The work/life balance can be tough with the tight staffing levels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Had a good run. Culture changed for the worse once company founder left.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good benefits. Compensation competitive. Opportunities exist for those that produce.

    Cons

    Too focused on cost cutting. Processes are onerous. Constant restructuring, especially in IT. Outsourcing jobs to low cost countries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is low. Culture has become negative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Layoffs everywhere!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CDM II in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - CDM II in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to pick up some experience to get your foot in the door. Flexible hours and liberal work from home opportunities.

    Cons

    Job security is practically non-existent and morale is terrible. Management has been off-shoring jobs to India and the Philippines for almost a year. The analogy of "rats off a sinking ship" comes to mind, nearly every employee in my department is desperately looking for another job before another round of layoffs is announced. Very scary times at this company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like they are a disposable commodity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can Learn a lot in a short period, you have the opportunity to touch many different areas. But it mostly relays on your self-learning.

    Cons

    Too much work, too little appreciation. Work as a contractor, but paid as a part time. No work-life balance. If you have no relation, then you need to work hard but only get some soup. If you have relation, you can retire there pretty much without doing anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Layoffs and outsourcing !

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Okay, while it lasted. Able to WFH for some positions.

    Cons

    Rolling layoffs, company wide. Never know when you are next. Most jobs are being outsourced out of the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Senior Safety Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Safety Specialist in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, personal growth, compensation

    Cons

    Work overtime most weeks, work some weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoting qualified people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A learning opportunity in past years.

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    Former Employee - CRA in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - CRA in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learning the right way to monitor a trial, the first years....I was proud to be a part of this organization.

    Cons

    Fabulous company the first years. Things changed when profit became the driver? Maybe it was explosive growth? Maybe it was the economy in 2010? Lack of leadership. Questionable decision making. Was it greed? I really cannot say. It made me sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When profits trump quality, you have entered a new dimension. I think it will haunt the company in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware MedComm Sweatshop

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    Current Employee - Phone Agent in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Phone Agent in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Chocolate Wednesday. PTO accrues pretty quickly. There is a snack machine.

    Cons

    They talk about employee engagement and work-life balance but don't walk the walk. Client expectations are not managed and the brunt falls on the front line staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Med Comm over-promises and under-bids big contracts to get the client - employees are dispensable. Very little consideration for the front-line staff. Unpredictable shifts - last minute changes are common. OT the norm, and the expectation. Can't transfer out to different dept until after 2years. Good luck lasting that long!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Phase I

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    in a global point on view PPD is good CRO to work with well established. I worked in phase I and had a worst experience, will not recommendation to join phase 1

    Cons

    poor management, heavy work load, manager consider employee as a working machine, 70 percent of phase I programmers have fake resumes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the 2 manager in Phase I programming has zero management skills, please improve them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    McDonalds

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Information Specialist in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Medical Information Specialist in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    They like to have work parties and have lots of good food

    Cons

    lack of training for operation supervisors. Human resources is for the mid level employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk. Train your new management, Listen to employees(the grunt phone desk workers) VALUE the lower man

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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