Premier Research Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Terrible treatment of employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty laid back atmosphere. Working from home is allowed (only for some departments though). Co-workers are generally hard working and helpful. Used to be a great company to work for about 5 years ago. Benefits are generally ok. Pockets of great people including upper management, but usually those people are kept from doing anything helpful by all the red tape and other upper management who want to build their empires.

    Cons

    In five years this place has gone remarkably downhill. It got too big way too fast and upper management does not seem to care AT ALL about the employees, rather building their own little empires to save their own butts. What kind of company lays off an entire office of people and the same day posts URGENT needs for the same position on LinkedIn? The work life balance is non-existent and they will take advantage of the best people for as long as they can. They are so worried about costing and saving money that they have forgotten that a happy employee will work 10 times as hard as an angry/disenfranchised one.

    Advice to Management

    Happy employees will save you money and time. Remember that the workers are the ones that actually do the work that keeps the sponsors happy - without them you are nothing. Stop shuffling things around so much to save yourself and focus on making sure you actually can retain key workers.


  2. Excessive workload for an extended period of time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Manager
    Former Employee - Data Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are absolutely great, professional, competent, hard-working and supportive of each other. Great team spirit. Good cooperation between the offices. Work gets done mostly thanks to these dedicated people.

    Cons

    Upper management is poor and does not share information. Layoffs are not announced. My project manager just stopped responding to e-mails and nobody knew for a few days that she was laid-off. People work long hours and weekends. Pay is below average.

    Advice to Management

    Work on 1) communicating your goals and expectations regularly and in a credibile manner; and 2) establishing trust among the employees in your abilities and commitment.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Brutal Place to Work - Don't Expect to be Appreciated in any Tangible Way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Premier Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was a paycheck in a tough economy. Nice vacation package. Used to be a much better place to work.

    Cons

    Workloads are very unreasonable - expect to work most nights and weekends for your salary. They will work you to death - constantly asking for more, but seldom rewarding you. Somehow there is always money for raises and promotions for higher levels; it just never trickles down. Level of professionalism across management is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to reward and retain your quality employees, or they will continue to flee in droves.


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  5. Small company with small direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Associate in Bloomingdale, IL
    Former Employee - Data Associate in Bloomingdale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a small company so everyone treats you like family which could be good and bad. You get exposure to doing many tasks across departments so gaining experience in the many facets of data management is possible.

    Cons

    Due to being a small company you feel that everyone wants to know your personal life. There are not many opportunities to advance and management is not open to new ideas on how to become more efficient in performing tasks. There is a strong sense of favoritism amongst who gets promoted by management. There is no training provided to new associates and management is not readily available to assist with questions. Its basically a sink or swim situation.

    Advice to Management

    Provide some sort of training to all new employees regardless of position level. Every job should count no matter how small. Listen to employee needs, concerns, and ideas if you want to retain the best employees that will help your organization grow and succeed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    CDC

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual. Mostly friendly. Commutability is good. Convenient to so many services and products.

    Cons

    Mediocre upper management. Oblivious to efforts and input of day-to-day employees. Pay is pitiful - way below average for region. Information shared with specific team members and not others. Odd way to perform business.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Get to know who does what. Bring salary levels up to middle range for region and for field. Learn how to recognize cliques and stop them from breaking up teams and morale.


  7. Helpful (2)

    The company has focused too much on the buy and build strategy and not enough on nurturing the talent on hand.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sick and vacation time are all under on umbrella, thus for those not sick often they do not "lose" time that wouldn't be used. The ability to carry over greater than 40 hours of vacation time is also a plus. The office atmosphere is very relaxed and they dress code casual. Camaraderie among veteran employees is good.

    Cons

    If you are a new hire there is not a good system to integrate you into your team. Rarely do you meet the team members (if regional) and if they are local it takes a long time for them to warm up to you. The company does not contribute to a retirement plan and the benefits are limited. Health care is provided but it continues to rise each year, substantially. Upper management does not communicate to their employees on a regular basis. No career pathing is available and many talented people are leaving to further their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to create clear career paths for employees, create some measurable goals that can be obtained and provide an incentive based annual review.


  8. Very Dissatisfied

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Coordinator in Marietta, GA
    Former Employee - Data Coordinator in Marietta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was pleased with the benefits package.

    Cons

    Data management was a disaster in 2007

    Advice to Management

    over haul in data management group


  9. Helpful (2)

    Always wondering who will be let go next....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations
    Current Employee - Operations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Research full-time

    Pros

    There are truly a lot of bright, dedicated, hard working and genuinely good people working at Premier.

    Cons

    These bright, dedicated, hard working and genuinely good people's work and input is not valued. Schmoozers and bullies are rewarded and promoted- people that tell you to your face that they don't know how to log into software specifc to their department's work function or SR. Management in Finance whose interactions with staff are complained about and their boss says "don't take it personally, she talks that way to everyone". These are the people that are valued. Professionalism or the lack there of starts from the top down. Also, the company is wasteful in spending and will spend money on software and other resources to prop up incompetent staff because they like them or they rolled something out inefficiently that was the manager's idea so they're calling it a success to make themselves look good but then when it's time to cut back, they release the good workers and then just dump their work on the remaining competent staff until they get frustrated and leave.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that will roll up their sleeves and work and who also know how to foster a positive work environment by bringing out the best in people.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Disappointed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Premier Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with a great management team on my assigned project.

    Cons

    Line management was disappointing. They were not interested when it was brought to their attention that one of the managers on the team could not do their job effectively due to lack of knowledge of position. Significant nepotism; one person in high position brought in, multiple others that person knew were then brought in and promotions among those people abounded.

    Advice to Management

    Carefully consider hiring multiple people from the same company.


  11. Pressure

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love the fact that I get a paycheck bimonthly along with frequent flyer miles and meeting interesting people along the way.

    Cons

    Metrics, metrics, metrics is all I ever hear.

    Advice to Management

    value your employees



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