Pharmaceutical Product Development
2.9 of 5 233 reviews
www.ppdi.com Wilmington, NC 5000+ Employees

Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
Pharmaceutical Product Development – Wilmington – “PPD Worldwide Headquarters”

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2.9 233 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

Pharmaceutical Product Development Chairman and CEO David Simmons

David Simmons

(33 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work Life Balance is ok and the employees are very nice to work with"
    in 12 reviews
  • "work from home but they are cutting back on it"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance does not exist-although they claim it's a high priority"
    in 16 reviews
  • "no work life balance, unprofessional line managers do not listen to your personal needs, employees overloaded, stressfull job with demanding deadlines"
    in 6 reviews
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Great place to work, benefits are ok, Great experience.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat work life balance. Very good experience, I have been able to see my myself grow even though I'm not a health care provider.

Conslimited career growth opportunities for non HCP individuals.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of hard working employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development

Prosflexible work hours for employees

Consno growth opportunities in my department

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Great company who cares about your development both professional and personal.

Associate Scientist (Former Employee)

I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development as a contractor for less than a year

ProsConstantly wanted updates on projects, and were genuinely concerned with getting the job done right.

ConsInitial issues with learning about the entire company and "big picture"

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nice people around

Senior Scientist (Current Employee)
Madison, WI

I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time for less than a year

ProsFriendly environment, nice people around.

ConsPay is low. Sometime the quality people (QA/QC) has more power than should and frequently upset analysts.

Advice to Senior ManagementNA

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Rapid growth and opportunities - A lot of unpaid overtime

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development

ProsRapid Growth
Fair amount of opportunities to advance
Excellent training opportunities

ConsLittle work/life balance
Lower than average compensation
Favoritism

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Great Company Culture!

Project Assistant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time for more than a year

ProsOpen to moving around within the company, most managers are supportive in helping you find where you fit in best!

ConsNot many cons, salaries could be better but aren't as bad as everyone says.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company/training/people

CRA II (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time for more than a year

ProsCame here from Covance. Similar structure (good PTO here as well). Technology is much better than Covance, timesheets are easier to do, expense reports are more simple (you get a per diem instead of having to expense every little item you buy). Training and onboarding are great here. I'm only on 1 study which is nice, though its very demanding and kinda hectic. The salary is like any other CRO: If you jump around then you'll increase your salary quickly. If you stay here you'll get 2% raises every year and will never increase your salary.

ConsLike other big companies, you're ultimately judged on metrics which is BS. So you can find a patient safety issue and resolve it, you can write excellent trip reports, you can be a great support person for your sites, you can know your protocol inside out... but in the end you'll be judged on report turnaround times, how quickly you sent out letters, etc, etc. These metrics really dont tell the boss anything useful about your performance, but they're still used as the ultimate indicator of performance somehow.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook beyond metrics when doing end-of-year reviews. Maybe look into PM and coworker (and site) feedback instead of metrics.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Quality analyst

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development

ProsTime off policy is great. If you need to leave for a doctor you do not use PTO

ConsSends QA and developer jobs overseas

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Beware MedComm Sweatshop

Phone Agent (Current Employee)
Morrisville, NC

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

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

ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementMed 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!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Work you hard

Senior Programmer Analyst (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time for more than a year

ProsI made some great friends and colleagues

ConsThe would bring on large projects prior to having the staffing to handle it. Lots of overtime.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more frequently or push project deadlines out.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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