Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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Pharmaceutical Product Development Chairman and CEO David Simmons
David Simmons
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Pros
  • Get to work from home a couple of days a week (in 19 reviews)

  • Professional attitude to work-life balance (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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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not all bad but could majorly improve_8+ years in PVG

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, WFH options, Many good benefits from health and wellness incentives, yearly bonus, to PTO, Family environment at work, Nice people, Flexible and understanding management on some levels, Ways to submit your ideas provided, Performance recognized by some levels of management, global meetings promote unity and uniformity, Mentoring program, Subject matter experts available, Open door policy works on some levels, plenty of work to remain billable and offers job security, PPD does not have a reputation for laying off employees, Have seen very few people fired from PPD, even the ones that deserve it get chance after chance,

    Cons

    Mediocre pay at best, Too many changes at once and on a very consistent basis, Too many meetings/trainings to absorb what is learned, Constant under bidding for awards causing budget issues on projects, Poor equipment and systems limiting efficiency, almost impossible to move to other job positions within company, Promotions seem to be "clique" driven. Raises are minimal. No matter how much experience you have, promotions are education driven, no experience will equal education here...unless you know someone within the company that matters. You will not get more money for more work. Performance only gets you a good review and more responsibility, no monetary compensation. I could go on, but you get the idea.

    Advice to Management

    Performance should speak volumes and make provision for your employees. Focus more on a person's drive and ability rather than who one knows within the company for promotions. Listen to how the systems and equipment is working from the actual user instead of letting management make unnecessary efficiency changes that are not at all efficient. Pay your employees more money instead of only throwing them more work and stress. It is impossible to push health and wellness while stressing out your employees in the same breath.


  2. Descent could be a lot better place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    Great opportunities for college students and recent grads to get a foot in a large corporation with room for advancement.

    Cons

    Pay was on the low side with competitors. Too many chiefs trying to out power each other with no positive results.


  3. CRA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Stable company, solid. Great training (probably the best among the industry) great staff, great foundations to promote education among its employees. This is a conservative company that focus on the employee's well being and managers are conscientious about this.

    Cons

    I would say the only downside is the compensation. Since they prepare the employee so good for their jobs and look for really capable people to perform it I would say that the compensation should be a little bit better.


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  5. Great entry level job

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

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

    Pros

    A great entry-level position that provides plenty of learning opportunities along the way. Depending on which group you are placed in, you will most likely have a fun group of people to work with. When work isn't too crazy, people enjoy socializing and chatting to provide a nicer environment.

    Cons

    PPD has two Middleton locations, both who don't seem to like one another, and the experience you get with either location varies. GMP has ~700 employees whereas the BioA location has ~100 employees, so it can depend on the size you like. Both locations expect you to put in long hours, especially if you are a new hire. Work/life balance can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on clients who provide awful work and more on the rank-and-file who provide the actual service. Many employees want to leave because of the "more, more, more" attitude.


  6. Excellent managment, low compensation

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Middleton, WI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Actual managers/scientists know what they are doing. If you are fresh out of college, great place to start. You will learn cGMP and how to do fantastic, quality work

    Cons

    Low compensation as compared to industry standard. Benefits are comparable, but salary is low compared to the education and experience requirements.

    Advice to Management

    If they want to attract and retain good, ambitious employees, increase compensation and promotion ladder.


  7. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

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

    Pros

    PPD will hire people fresh out of college unlike most companies giving them the opportunity to gain valuable experience. You are allowed to train on so many different assays.

    Cons

    The vaccine lab tends to micromanage a lot more so than the main lab.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need more training


  8. Good for entry-level experience, but not for a long-term position

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, generally friendly employees (except the management), flexible work schedule, wide variety of experiences/training available, easy to get hired, transparent interview expectations.

    Cons

    Low compensation compared to market, little upward mobility, upper levels are hired from outside the company, long hours expected, understaffed labs, cheap upper management, confusing and outdated/frustrating IT infrastructure, ancient analytical machines that require constant maintenance, generally a frustrating place to work as an analyst.

    Advice to Management

    Fund the labs; they are understaffed and the equipment is falling apart. Fund the analysts. Promote from within before hiring from outside.


  9. it could be better

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    Current Employee - CTM in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - CTM in Wilmington, NC

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    flexibility, benefits, team work, work-life balance program

    Cons

    pressure, high turn over, lack of resources, too much work


  10. Biostatistician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development

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

    Pros

    You can get a lot of industrial experience

    Cons

    Too much work load all time


  11. Senior CRA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Good Pay, good travel reimbursement system

    Cons

    Travel every week, work 50+ hours a week



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