Pharmaceutical Product Development
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www.ppdi.com Wilmington, NC 5000+ Employees

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Pharmaceutical Product Development – Wilmington – “PPD Worldwide Headquarters”

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Pharmaceutical Product Development Chairman and CEO David Simmons

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    Decent stepping stone

    Scientist (Current Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsNot difficult work, good people to work with

    ConsThere's a lack of growth opportunities

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    Its flexible but the pay is not that great

    Associate Scientist (Current Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    Prosflexible hours- so you can balance work and home

    ConsYou do not receive much pay and often compete with others

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay and decent hours but some shadiness in with the upper levels and some management is poor

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    Prossome bit of flexibility with hours, pay, most co-workers are great

    Consmanagement, much of the upper level jobs is more about rubbing elbows with the right people than about doing your actual job. The amount of documentation and regulations is fairly tedious and you are not encouraged to use your brain... ever.

    Advice to Senior Managementstop playing games

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice company but poor management and compensation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsBenefits are ok, 401K, nice people

    ConsPay is low, promotions are rare. Much is expected and little given in return

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward and promote those who work hard for the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great enty-level job

    Associate Scientist (Current Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsPPD takes many people right out of college, it's a great place to gain initial corporate lab experience.

    ConsOften feel like I am micro-managed, pay is very low, probably lowest for the field.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your workers, don't have to look over everyone's shoulders once you've delegated a task,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Just depressing.

    Scientist (Current Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsHealth insurance, paid time off (earned throughout the year)

    ConsUpper management is terrible; there is very limited opportunity to growth; company and management team will do everything in their power to prevent promoting employees and handing out raises; overall team energy is poor

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Associate Scientist (Former Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsFlex scheduling, decent PTO, exceptionally friendly coworkers, experience doing all stages of drug development and testing within an FDA regulated lab

    ConsSome of the Group Leaders are not very effective leaders. My primary Group Leader was always in a terrible mood, never appreciated work done above and beyond expectations, and gave terrible, unfair reviews. I got a 2 cent raise after working for over a year, and this was rewarded to me after I figured out what was causing one particular assay to fail repeatedly and which she took credit for in the end.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire Group Leaders that instill the desire to continue to perform above expectations in those that they manage. Most of the upper-level management was very knowledgable, friendly, and could be talked to easily about problems with group leaders, but action was never taken to correct the problem that the particular group leaders had. It is very difficult to work for people who expect you to listen to them, but do not return that respect to you and treat you poorly. Also, hire group leaders that can handle the work load that is given to them.

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    GLP lab work is very repetitive, and it's difficult to stand out in the crowd on anything except a good attitude.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsCo-workers are mostly young people who have left school within the past few years, so there is a youthful energy about the place on good days.

    Cons-mind-numbing work is the nature of the business here.
    It's hard to shine because in such a structured environment you are discouraged from doing anything innovative. You have to be the kind of person who likes working with their hands more than imagining solutions to problems.

    -As with many technical fields, the managers are people who have worked their way up through merit in their technician roles, or through attrition of colleagues. This means the middle managers can often lack the soft skills to manage people effectively. I saw several people leave not because they didn't like the work but because they couldn't figure out how to work with their managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSend middle managers to continuing education classes on how to manage. solicit 360 feedback that is tied to compensation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good 1st job out of college

    Associate Scientist (Current Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsAt least at the Richmond site, there are a lot of fun, young employees so it's a good place to make friends. They are willing to hire and train recent college grads so you can get that "1-2 years experience" required for most other positions. The job is relatively easy and low stress and managment tolerates lots of slakcing off (so this is only a "pro" if you're looking for an easy job that you're not planing to make a career out of).

    ConsSenior management is not interested in the personal and professional growth of their employees; they are only concerned with their bottom line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should make more of an effort to stay in touch with employee activities both good (to know which people are excelling and performing above expectations) and bad (those who are under performing and slacking off). Although it may be difficult for management to stay fully up to date on the day-to-day workings of the lab, they could at least bother to ask more senior lab employees for their input on the performance of their co-workers to gain a more accurate perspective.

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