Pharmaceutical Product Development

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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
323 Reviews
3.0
323 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.  

    Get your foot in the door

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    • 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  3.  

    Six month internship within C&PD department

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    Former Employee - Intern in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - 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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  5.  

    Great manager, very good workplace atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, great PTO, good benefits

    Cons

    not enough cowbell ding ding

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Good starter job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    Great people, great starting point

    Cons

    Low pay, not much real advancement opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was a job, not a career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Lots of access to on-line corporate training. Company is growing. Also, contract-work for pharmaceutical industry will always be in demand.

    Cons

    A lot of us felt that we were underpaid for our education and expertise. I applied for a transfer from one site to another and was told that my current position required so much less than the one I was applying for that I was not qualified. The job titles and descriptions were identical. The lack of uniformity across departments was unacceptable. Also, they way things were structured at my department essentially made most entry-level positions dead-end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business plan may be well communicated, but the cultures were in silos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Very hectic work environment.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    Extensive training on policies and procedures during on-boarding.

    Cons

    No time to do the training.

  9.  

    Not a terrible company, good entry level positions

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Wayne, PA

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    Good PTO, flexible schedules, colleagues

    Cons

    Salary, politics, poor management, HR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication. compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    This is a great place to work to gain experience. The benefits are excellent, the pay is good, and there is opportunity for advancement. Emphasis is on integrity and producing scientifically sound data. Employees seem to fall into 2 groups - people who work here for 2-3 years to pay off student loans or gain experience before going on the grad school or medical school, and those who are here for the long haul.

    Cons

    The company culture is such that you are expected to work extremely hard at all times. Like everywhere else nowadays, we do more work with less staff, and sometimes people get tired of the constant pressure to do more. You have to be able to let go of that stress, and not let it get to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your appreciation to your employees. Say thank you for a job well done, and be realistic in what people can accomplish in one day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Well organized company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analytical Chemist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analytical Chemist in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    Overboard with PPD was easy and well-organized. I am working off-site with one of their clients. They do help with career development and setting long terms goals. Compensation was also fair.

    Cons

    No boss on-site, and no ability to work with their team of scientists.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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