Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice and always willing to lend a helping hand. Management is understanding and for the most part very nice. Paid time off is generous. 401K matching is decent - match half up to 6%. Turnover rate is moderate, but from my experience, they try to retain very good employees.

    Cons

    It is a big company, so it can be easy to feel small sometimes. Overtime (without pay) is expected if needed, though it is not often.


  2. Ok company to work for

    Current Employee - Director IT in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Director IT in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development

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

    Pros

    Good people and committed to excellence

    Cons

    Technology leadership is lacking, need to address

    Advice to Management

    Hire outside for some good technology leadership.


  3. Helpful (3)

    PPD

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Layoffs everywhere!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Stop treating your employees like they are a disposable commodity.


  6. Helpful (5)

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

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

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

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

    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 Management

    Morale is low. Culture has become negative.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Layoffs and outsourcing !

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    None


  8. Helpful (2)

    Not great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.


  9. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, personal growth, compensation

    Cons

    Work overtime most weeks, work some weekends

    Advice to Management

    Promoting qualified people


  10. Helpful (1)

    A learning opportunity in past years.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Beware MedComm Sweatshop

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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!



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