Pharmaceutical Product Development

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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
332 Reviews
3.0
332 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    Much Better than Covance Across Town

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    Higher salaries then Covance. More reasonable work life balance. Decent co-workers. Interesting work. Better surroundings. Most of my supervisors were good. Nice diversity of people. Met people from all over the world. Good commitment to quality assurance.

    Cons

    Clients could be very demanding. Unreasonable deadlines, due to promises made to clients. A couple of really nasty and lazy workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye on people in the lab. There were a couple of bad apples that needed to shape up or be shipped out.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Good company

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Long, long hours for those who are not managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good PTO, flexible WFH policies

    Cons

    Although there is a lot of talk about work/life balance; this does not exist for those below the thick middle management layer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make work/life balance a reality for employees at all levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, tough to advance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Most people are friendly and easy to work with
    Management at the local level are good
    Easy job with lots of downtime

    Cons

    Lots of downtime
    Tough to move up the ladder
    Pay could be better
    Small raises and bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't move new hires up so fast and then let them become stagnant at that next level. Reward those that prove themselves to be good employees and well educated instead of those who simply have been there for a long time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    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

    Pros

    Good people and committed to excellence

    Cons

    Technology leadership is lacking, need to address

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire outside for some good technology leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It is good company,

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    Great benefit and PTO. Good training to all employees.

    Cons

    Difficult to balance work/ life. A lot of traveling as other CRO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  8.  

    Pay not Competitive, Well Managed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Middleton, WI

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

    Pros

    Well managed.
    Good financial performance
    Culture of respect
    Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Pay not competitive
    Work-life balance can be challenging
    401k not competitive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Began as the best company I have ever worked for - ended departments being outsourced

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

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    401k, health insurance, PTO, flex time, travel,

    Cons

    Pay is not comparable to the work, companies that own PPD are gradually outsourcing departments to make the biggest profit before they sell it in a few years. There is no work/life balance and stress levels have hospitalized employees. Departments have poor communication within and outside of each other. Poor streamlining of processes and inefficient resources to complete deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on boosting moral and stop outsourcing a great American company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Get your foot in the door

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good manager, PTO, holidays, free coffee, onsite gym, onsite catering company. Starting out it was great everyone worked really hard and there was room to move up and grow in the industry.

    Cons

    Low pay. No room to grow anymore, major cutbacks, place is a ghost town. Poor communication, low morale, no job stability AT ALL. Stuck where you are right now unless willing to relocate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Six month internship within C&PD department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Wilmington, NC
    Former Intern - Intern in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    - Advanced my Excel, Word, and general computer knowledge abilities exponentially
    - People were odd, but very nice for the most part
    - Received $10 per hour
    - Very relaxed about when I worked/ very little supervision and fee coffee

    Cons

    - There wasn't a set path for my internship
    - I was given very little guidance or criticisms -- no one told me I was doing anything really well, or anything incorrectly
    - They gave me a two week notice that my internship would be ending
    - Employees communicate more through instant messaging than face to face -- the girl in the cube next to me emailed me more than she spoke to me...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice for management is to let interns know what they're doing correctly and what they need to work on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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