Quintiles Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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Pros
  • I definitely have work/life balance (in 51 reviews)

  • work-from-home position this would be a fit (in 38 reviews)

Cons
  • In IT you are encouraged to have a "work life balance" yet pressured to work 50-60-70 hours a week (in 59 reviews)

  • no money, no work life balance for programmers (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Alliance Management Specialist

    Former Employee - Alliance Management Specialist in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Alliance Management Specialist in Reading, England (UK)

    Pros

    I thoroughly enjoyed working within the Alliance Management team and felt passionate about the benefits of the alliance management function to the success of partnerships, whether the partner was large pharma or smaller biotechs.

    Cons

    Their office relocation became a con for me in the end.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk, not just talk the talk.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Best company to work for in the industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Business Development in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director, Business Development in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company offers excellent career progression, good management team and flexible working conditions. I worked from home in London which is encouraged - very global and forward thinking company.

    Cons

    Matrix org structure, somewhat political. You are expected to work very hard - evening and weekends however your efforts are always rewarded.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great if you are a shareholder, not great if you are an employee outside key locations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Unit in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Unit in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Quintiles full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is the potential to move up through the ranks, but you have to luck out for this to happen. Work life balance is good and appears to be genuinely supported instead of being a power point bullet. Company funded pension & health care is good. The pay is good. Individual managers are good and show dedication, but the overall corporate culture seems to only ask whether something will increase shareholder value or not. If it doesn't do this in the short term then it doesn't happen.

    Cons

    They seem intent on getting rid of people and replacing them with cheaper people. This can make sense sometimes, but not when you lose entire knowledge banks which have built up over decades in Q. There doesn't seem to be any way to help cement your position and you live in fear of the next round of cuts. Travel is almost non-existent if you are in the lower grades. If it gets approved at all, it could be after you were due to travel and after you have cancelled your plans. Global communications are poor, with incorrectly targeted communications telling us about things we don't understand and can't change, and not telling us about things that affect us directly.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, stop treating them as resources and expenses. They are people with skills that built your company and fund your bonuses.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Land of the false promises

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Department in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Commercial Department in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office Parking Starbucks Quarterly free lunches, there would be events that were done to 'build morale' within the office

    Cons

    Lots of back biting and two faced colleagues who were just just out for themselves to impress the manager. It got so bad to the point employees used to make things up about another colleague. Management were not trust worthy, you would ask to keep things confidential however this would never stay between you and the manager and other colleagues of yours would get to know your business. They tell you that there are other opportunities within Quintiles but when the time comes they don't help you at all, in fact block you. HR always side with management even if you have a strong case. Seems almost impossible to get support

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Do not set unrealistic targets and then blame the employee for not being able to achieve them. Do not give false promises


  6. Helpful (3)

    Used to be a great company to work for, not so any more.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - End User Services Administrator in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - End User Services Administrator in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quintiles full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary was good compared to other companies, also the end of year bonus was great. Staff were generally a good bunch of people to work with. Nice UK head office.

    Cons

    End of year goals became unachievable, as management set the goals higher with less staff doing the work. Did not invest in it's staff with proper training, or time to train. Managers not interested in the quality of your work only in the quantity you did. No opportunity to progress within the company. If you had a grievance with management, HR would always side with management.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in your UK staff. Go back to running the company how it was when Dr Gillings was CEO.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Godawful place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quintiles full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are okay if you can stick around for long enough.

    Cons

    Dull, bureaucratic, life-draining (just check out the strategy map, which must exist solely to justify the existence of a horde of detail-nerds with no real understanding of business). Nepotism is rife - and you won't survive if you express an alternate opinion. Ideas are not valued until they've been submitted in triplicate and regurgitated by someone in the clique. Limited career-progression opportunities. Floundering without proper leadership.


  8. Quintiles

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Analyst in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consulting Analyst in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Quintiles full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Health incentives like paying for your gym membership

    Cons

    Low salaries compared to other consulting companies


  9. Quintiles is a company were the work and life balance is just right.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Trainings, very qualified people, Good salaries and benefit package.

    Cons

    Management should be more open to suggestions.

    Advice to Management

    They should listen more, to be more open to employee suggestions.


  10. Positive, great organisaiton, great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Commercial Staffing in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Head of Commercial Staffing in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, focus on employees, ahead of competition

    Cons

    As we are service provider -can be seen as 2nd class employee opportunities offered but not true

    Advice to Management

    Remember we don't all have to work in the US to be important



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