Pharmaceutical Product Development
2.9 of 5 258 reviews
www.ppdi.com Wilmington, NC 5000+ Employees

Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
Pharmaceutical Product Development – Wilmington – “PPD Worldwide Headquarters”

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2.9 258 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Pharmaceutical Product Development Chairman and CEO David Simmons

David Simmons

(45 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work Life Balance is ok and the employees are very nice to work with"
    in 14 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 19 reviews
  • "PMs fleeing as soon as they could due to long hours, no work-life balance"
    in 8 reviews
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent corporate and departmental training

    ConsThe amount of work you are assigned to do is not realistic

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote work-life balance lifestyles

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Clinical Research Associate (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsClassic among CRO's, Set up high standards for employees and research sites, Good place to work, Excellent start up training program, Strict, Good CTM's, Supportive environment for CRAs. Any company experience can be good or bad depending on the managers and study. I was a CRA at PPD for 3 years and enjoyed my work. My CTM was very supportive and was always looking to guide and support me whenever required. During the audits, CTM was quite protective. My LM was also nice and not a micro manger. He set up a rule to complete all the work in timely fashion. Other wise quite inspiring person. I had in house CRA who helped me with site management who was new to industry but managed really well. Good staff. Couldn't ask for more. Very supportive environment

    ConsThis job is for fast pace people who enjoy the travel. Some times I felt the time allocated to do the job is not sufficient. Few of the tasks- like monitoring sites were quite time consuming than allocated in general for any average site. PMs hit low on budget. Its stressful meeting so many deadlines. Some LMS training were of no use. Lot of redundancy in reports which kills time for CRA, CTM and sponsors.
    Its hard to get promoted but overall nice work culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease work on improving- salary and work life balance for CRAs, so please act otherwise you will loose lot of valuable employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the best places to work if you find the right group

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI had many great experiencesat PPD as well as some really horrible ones. On the PRO side, it was very easy to communicate with colleagues globally. There was superior employee learning management system, immediate access to knowledgeable, very skilled remote desktop service, managers who focused on employee personal growth, improvement, learning and strengthening skillset in order to sustain happy, productive employees. This was only true if you had a confident manager who had upper management support.

    ConsInsularity, reluctance/refusal to work with west coast employees, lack of respect for time differences, e.g. calls from Australia at 2:00 am. Favoritism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone. The company was bought shortly after I left.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEasy to move ahead.

    ConsSome managers micro-manage. Slightly behind technologically.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to promote those who are truly qualified versus those who develop close ties with upper management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great training program, not so great hours

    Research Technician (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsPay is decent, and they train you very well on medical procedures. Coworkers are great.

    ConsAll techs are PRN, some shifts are only two hours. Some people in other departments are hard to work with.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Its a fine company with an amazing location.

    Commercial Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Wilmington, NC

    ProsGreat location in wilmington next to the river, Salary is also generally good. They take fairly good care of you.

    ConsWorkload tends to be quite high for some teams, Turnover is definatly an issue in some departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    PPD offers an excellent opportunity to learn CRO business, supports training, and global exposure.

    Principal Regulatory Affairs Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunity to take on new challenges and grow career.

    ConsEnergy it takes to streamline process, improve efficiency, and cost-effectiveness; expand market footprint.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCull the deadwood. Promote the passionate, motivated, and productive.

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

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    Very good overall experience, you will learn a lot. most people leave after a year or two because promotion is hard.

    Project Assistant (Former Employee)
    Wilmington, NC

    Prosindustry leader

    best in industry training and experience

    flexibility to find your niche

    stable company in a industry the is constantly shifting

    ConsSlow timeline for advancement compared to other companies.

    upper management to focused on making ebitda target and not enough on product.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocas more on retaining current employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok place to start out

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, flexible schedule, plenty of training opportunities

    ConsNot a lot of respect for background and education, informal environment lets drama flourish, management is not trained how to mitigate issues between staff

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more straightforward to employees about how to move up, how to be a better employee, most people assume no news is good news and its not fair to not know what is expected. Just working lots of overtime is not a reasonable expectation for how to get your career started.

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

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    good for fresher to learn quickly, health benefits and pto options

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosbenefits is lot better than others

    Consmanagement dosnt know how to handle some people without productivity

    Advice to Senior Managementlearn serious management skills for ppl managing resources

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

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