Pharmaceutical Product Development

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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
278 Reviews
2.9
278 Reviews
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Pharmaceutical Product Development Chairman and CEO David Simmons
David Simmons
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Get to work from home a couple of days a week (in 14 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance is ok and the employees are very nice to work with (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance does not exist-although they claim it's a high priority (in 21 reviews)

  • High employee turnover due to burn out, no work life balance, sink or swim attitude (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible management plays a part in this unprofessional company.

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    Current Employee - QA Auditor  in  Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - QA Auditor in Middleton, WI

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

    Pros

    Some groups give you flexible hours.

    Cons

    You are given a lot PTO, but you aren't allowed to use it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting projects but poor management

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    Current Employee - Senior Medical Director  in  Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Medical Director in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    the friendly atmosphere, the colleagues' true good will and strong work, a great variety of projects. Company should go public again within 2 years.

    Cons

    incompetent executive management, not seeing reality, no equity and fairness in upper hire process and in HR missions overall, no real will to offer strong science, minimal package

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs more actions, control processes, and ethics especially in HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok, place to work.

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    Former Employee - Quality Manager  in  Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary and community service.

    Cons

    Many managers need to understand there is more than one way to complete a project to get a good result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure middle level managers have some type of training to understand how to work with different types of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company- smart colleagues, great teamwork

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    Growing industry
    Growing company
    Private company

    Cons

    none. The company is well managed, people are great to work with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great GMP training ground, Demanding timelines

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Middleton, WI

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    You wlll receive the best training in cGMP. Your colleagues are good people to work with.Fair commitment to work-life balance.

    Cons

    Demanding timelines. The entry level work is highly routine. Not and R&D environment or culture that embraces, develops, and sells new technologies. consequently there is a tendency to try to play hurryup and catchup when customers are turned away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people (in all aspects) to encourage them to want to come to work everyday.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get out while you can

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Project Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Project Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Line Manager and Oversight Directors seemed genuine; decent pay relatively

    Cons

    No time to finish training or onboarding before assigning rescue project.
    No support available - everyone overworked to point of exhaustion. PMs fleeing as soon as they could due to long hours, no work-life balance. Literally crying to your manager got you no where. Company extremely economically driven - results in Bus. Development running the show; under-resourcing and making promises that the cannot be met and are dumped on the PM/Team to manage. This results in poor performance and client satisfaction >>> no bonus for the PM who is inevitably responsible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm sure it won't matter what is said or suggested unless it is put in monetary terms. Shake off the green monster and do a 360 review if you want to keep good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is what you make of it!

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    Current Employee - Senior CRA
    Current Employee - Senior CRA

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

    Pros

    Dedication to training, provides all the tools needed for success, lots of room for career growth. Management really takes into account the things that are important to you for project placement. Good work/life balance. Excellent compensation.

    Cons

    Your work experience is entirely subjective with many variables. It depends on your line manager, the project you're placed on, your project manager, how the Sponsor treats you - there are many elements that affect whether or not you have a positive experience. Also, the health insurance is not that great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great First Job for a Science Major

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    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Despite the low pay, the experience gained at PPD is absolutely invaluable. One can learn the ins and outs of an GMP regulated environment, a skill that is not taught during undergraduate schooling. Keep an open mind and learn as much as you can from highly qualified employees.

    Cons

    Low pay and small raises, sometimes necessary to work overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish realistic time frames for completing projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    was a good company to work for until changed hands in 2011

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    people and training opportunities

    One could learn a lot from colleagues, team spirit and supportive network were unique.
    Even though there were lots of opportunities for training, because of the workload, it was not possible for many to take advantage of the opportunities.

    Cons

    Underbid and understaffed projects; consequently, overworked employees, sometimes up to 2-2.5 FTE!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please compare the turnover rate to the company's previous years and if it is getting worse, try to find an explanation to why.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Operations

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    Former Employee - IT  in  Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - IT in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    One deal breaker that shines with PPD is the employees, good group of people to work with which is a morale booster.

    Cons

    Poor salary, more so if you have been with the company for a certain amount of years. Management needs to listen to employees concerns, and be flexible with work/home life, Promote within first, before going external.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, respect, and promote your employees that have acquired good talent and skills set on the job. Also need to show employees you value he/she talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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