Prescient
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www.prescientls.com London, United Kingdom 50 to 149 Employees

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    Challenging but beneficial work experience. If you can stick it out, it's worth it.

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
    Summit, NJ

    ProsVery dynamic, interesting work. You are quickly exposed to, and learn a lot about the pharmaceutical industry. You get to travel (sometimes internationally) to conferences, client sites etc, and often get to stay in nice hotels and enjoy nice meals for these trips (all expenses paid). It's definitely a great way to get into the Biotech/Pharma industry, especially for those who have no experience (fresh out of undergrad, or grad school). Benefits are excellent, PTO is better than most US companies as this company is HQd in the UK; summer fridays are flexible (they let employees leave early provided important work is done).

    ConsPrevious reviewer was right about the challenges of primary research. It's not for everyone. Oftentimes, the workload can be a lot to bear. Also career advancement often depends on having the "right mentor" and it's very important to forge the right relationships with senior management or you may get left behind. However, if you do the work, and have the right support you will be rewarded, you just have to work hard at making your efforts visible/seen by the right people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTransparency is key, communication is often lacking. Management need to work hard on these.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Summit, NJ

    ProsColleagues were decent people.
    One of the directors that has been there forever is a good person but has no say or power to make any changes.
    Learned a lot about the Life Sciences industry very quickly.

    ConsAwful leadership in US (seems like those people are no longer with the company) - manager gave reviews that were great and then would tell director that performance is not great.
    Deceitful in branding - they are a CI company wrapping themselves up as a strategy consulting company.
    Deceitful practices are encouraged to get the job done.
    Leadership in UK is arrogant and has no regard for employees besides their buddies that are PM or above.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to the high turnover - it happens for a reason. Talent should be retained but doesn't stay due to the business model.
    Either be a CI company and own it or don't. Stop lying to incoming employees and fooling yourselves into thinking you are strategy consulting. Strategy consultants pay honoraria to to the experts they speak with to provide strategic consulting to clients on non-confidential information. CI companies do not and they misrepresent themselves to get the information they need, even if it is confidential and proprietary.

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

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    Challenging but worth it

    Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsIncredible breadth of exposure to therapeutic and functional areas in the pharma, biosimiliars and medical device areas.
    Quick and generous recognition of talent and hard work.
    Get to speak to and work with an incredible array of leaders in the pharma industry.
    Company is growing and expanding offerings which will hopefully mean more career opportunities internally.

    ConsPrimary research is a talent and not everyone can hack it so turnover has been high.
    Company is experiencing growing pains as it expands and that does affect us.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate! Don't assume we know what's going on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great learning opportunities in multiple Therapeutic areas

    (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsResponsive and empathic management,great learning opportunity,multiple client contacts,national and international travel,new avenues for learning keep opening up,clear cut career pathways within the company

    ConsHectic schedules and long hours come with the job like any other consulting firm. if you are looking for a 9 to 5 gig this is not the job for you

    Advice to Senior ManagementInternal Communication and career management of current employees is key for growth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's not how well you work, but how well you kiss ass and use other people

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
    Newark, NJ

    ProsExposure to the healthcare and pharma industry, building your network in the pharma industry, good stepping stone to other jobs in consultancy.

    ConsLying to people on the phone to get competitive intelligence, passive bullying at work, very low pay for the junior members, disorganized strategy, "unprofessional" relationships between senior members, hypocritical leaders, lack of a training program, senior members taking credit for your work and then giving themselves huge salaries, bonuses and a promotions, a few token junior members rapidly accelerated to Project Manager because of their "special" relationships with members of senior management, people without medical research backgrounds being transferred from other divisions and replacing other more qualified and experienced people...the list goes on.....

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead the cons section.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not recommended at all

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
    Summit, NJ

    ProsVast exposure to pharmaceutical practices and strategies and you might get to travel to international conferences but that is about it.

    ConsIn a nutshell "Don't even consider the place unless you are willing to go against everything that is moral, ethical and fair". Though management preaches to be ethical their expectations are that you get the job done by hook or crook. Only people who succeed in the organization are who adapt to their style quickly and become one of them. Most managers are incompetent and cover their incompetence by bullying you. You won't be learning any skills, because there are none to be developed except how to deceive other people. The list can go on and on but this is about good summary about this place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCould care less about this place

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Awful Experience

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Delhi (India)

    ProsFlexi Working and Ok Learning Experience, Pay is ok too, but not as per the Industry standards. It could be job for maximum a year, you cannot expect to work here for more than a year

    ConsPersonal growth is negligible, Hypo-critic Leadership in both Indian and UK Offices, Work from home is mentioned in the contract but is given only to people who are close to senior management, Goes to client and say they are Strategic Consulting Company, but in reality is a CI company. Primary Research ethics are followed only in SOPs, in reality managers simply ask you to get information by hook or crook. Secondary research tools are minimal, they say they have access to databases which show negligible information. No access to journals or any meaningful databases. No SAS/Excel/SAP driven analytics, but they say they have powerful tools for analysis

    Advice to Senior ManagementTurnover rate in India and US offices was really high last year. I hope this rings some bells for senior management in UK and Indian offices. Stop putting pressure on people and let them have their lives

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

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    Was very dissatisfied! Lying is their main work

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsOnly Pro is Major Pharma companies, but major Pharma companies dont know how they make people as slaves

    ConsSlave Culture is followed, Hypocrisy, Poor Work Ethic, Lying on Phone to get confidential information, You gain no skills or capabilities except for How to Lie

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'll rather advise Pharma Companies to check their ethics to work for company like this

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

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    work is good, leadership is hypocritic

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    Prosworking with pharma, if you like competitive intelligence...calling people and exploiting their naivety, collecting information by not telling your purpose, if that is what you enjoy

    Consthey force you to lie...they write emails saying we got to be ethical, but verbally tell you to lie to get information...they cause unnecessary pressure...also, they dont judge by work, but how you lick the boots of powerful people who enjoy first mover advantage
    similarly, they say they want to make it comfortable for people, but all they do is make it even more uncomfortable....it is basically insecure leadership

    Advice to Senior Managementnot worth it

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough job and tough clients. But if you cannot handle the heat get out of the kitchen!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGreat learning opportunity.
    Top 10 Pharma clients in every therapeutic area.
    Meet very informed and experienced people
    Decent salaries

    ConsTough job, with late nights and weekends

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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