Pharmaceutical Product Development

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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
323 Reviews
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323 Reviews
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Pharmaceutical Product Development Chairman and CEO David Simmons
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    flexible work hours for employees

    Cons

    no growth opportunities in my department

  2.  

    Great company who cares about your development both professional and personal.

    Former Employee - Associate Scientist
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist

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

    Pros

    Constantly wanted updates on projects, and were genuinely concerned with getting the job done right.

    Cons

    Initial issues with learning about the entire company and "big picture"

  3.  

    nice people around

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, nice people around.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Sometime the quality people (QA/QC) has more power than should and frequently upset analysts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Rapid growth and opportunities - A lot of unpaid overtime

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development

    Pros

    Rapid Growth
    Fair amount of opportunities to advance
    Excellent training opportunities

    Cons

    Little work/life balance
    Lower than average compensation
    Favoritism

  6.  

    Great Company Culture!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Assistant
    Current Employee - Project Assistant

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

    Pros

    Open to moving around within the company, most managers are supportive in helping you find where you fit in best!

    Cons

    Not many cons, salaries could be better but aren't as bad as everyone says.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employees, poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Balanced work and life type environment. Employees are dedicated to their work and strive for success.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks direction and often moves in circles bringing back failed initiatives but not providing the throughput required to improve those processes. To many reorgs and changes happen and causes confusion on company direction. IT jobs are moved overseas to Sofia, Bulgaria creating language barriers and lack of knowledge to properly support the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose a direction and stick with it. Support your teams and provide constructive criticism to improve quality of work and a sense of purpose. Retain quality employees and provide them with career opportunities to advance. Budget for actual on-site/off-site training. Upgrade facilities and equipment to compete with the growing demands of high quality technology.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company/training/people

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    Current Employee - CRA II in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - CRA II in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Came here from Covance. Similar structure (good PTO here as well). Technology is much better than Covance, timesheets are easier to do, expense reports are more simple (you get a per diem instead of having to expense every little item you buy). Training and onboarding are great here. I'm only on 1 study which is nice, though its very demanding and kinda hectic. The salary is like any other CRO: If you jump around then you'll increase your salary quickly. If you stay here you'll get 2% raises every year and will never increase your salary.

    Cons

    Like other big companies, you're ultimately judged on metrics which is BS. So you can find a patient safety issue and resolve it, you can write excellent trip reports, you can be a great support person for your sites, you can know your protocol inside out... but in the end you'll be judged on report turnaround times, how quickly you sent out letters, etc, etc. These metrics really dont tell the boss anything useful about your performance, but they're still used as the ultimate indicator of performance somehow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond metrics when doing end-of-year reviews. Maybe look into PM and coworker (and site) feedback instead of metrics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst employment experience.

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    Current Employee - QC Reviewer in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - QC Reviewer in Middleton, WI

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

    Pros

    There were a few good people. Unfortunately, none of the managers were.

    Cons

    "Work/life balance" is tossed around a lot but that's not what the powers that be want for the underlings. It's more-more-more with less-less-less. There is no consideration for anything except themselves and the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and let real, better leaders take over your hot mess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Basically a case study on how not to run a company

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI

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

    Pros

    Gives you a good sense of what a terrible company is like and what company to avoid in the future. It's a decent place to network with people who've left the company for much better opportunities.

    Cons

    To paraphrase the venerable words of a departed supervisor "Contrary to the old adage that life is long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer panic -- life in PPD is like long stretches of panic that is rarely interrupted by moments of boredom". Such is the life at a company that 1) Overworks its staff-- assigning work at above capacity leading to burn-out. 2) Pays little for a technically demanding job (starting at 14$ an hour folks) with 2% "raises" every year (which is about the rate of inflation). 3) Many poor managers who aren't suited for the job, and suffer little to no consequences for poor management.

    It's no wonder that PPD suffers from terribly low employee morale, depressing work environment and massively high turnover rates (as high as 40% in some departments). The few decent managers are left trying to desperately replace the constant losses and suffering the consequences. The company is a haven for short-sighted policies that doesn't mind trading in their organs for a couple extra dollars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the good managers, please, for you own sake, please move to greener pastures in another company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    The worst job I've ever had

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The only pro to working here is you are not living off unemployment.

    Cons

    The pay is outrageously low for the work load they expect you to do. The Burger King by my office was paying $2.00 more an hour than what my office was paying. The managers are completely unaware of the tasks they demand their employees and the person who assigns you and demands work from you is not who is listed as your manager. The employee morale is some of the lowest I've ever seen in my life. You are micromanaged and treated as a child as much as possible. Room for growth? Think again. Once my raise was 23 cents. CENTS. while the company pulled in millions and you are asked to work almost around the clock. Promotions are given on a twice a year basis yet are always given before you are reviewed. They are also done based on race. Each round the white and blacks would take turns getting promotions. You knew if a white person got a promotion last time then the next time it would be a black person and so on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider new careers you are terrible at your jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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