Quintiles

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Quintiles Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
563 Reviews
3.2
563 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I believe them when they say that work/life balance is a priority for them (in 51 reviews)

  • Good interpersonal relations, good working environment, possibility to work from home (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • This does get compensated by the fact that work - life balance is very nice (in 59 reviews)

  • Bangalore office situated in wrong place, there is no work life balance (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Specialty Pharma Sales

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialty Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Specialty Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Quintiles full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great job if just out of college and looking to start a sales career.

    Pharma sales overall has very strong and rigorous sales training (although at times not realistic).

    It all depends on your contract, mine was ongoing and I was there about 4 years.

    My specific contract:
    -fun people/atmosphere
    -decent pay and benefits/perks
    -build network, relationships, friends and business contacts in your local market

    Cons

    Again, it all depends on contract and your direct manager. Unfortunately pharma sales can be a very top down, manage by fear type of environment. The good people can look past this and work through it (managers, coworkers).

    Since we weren't actual employees of the company that contracted us, at times you felt like you were be treated like the red headed step child. But you just gotta keep your head up and keep hustling, things always get better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialty Sales Representative in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Specialty Sales Representative in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Quintiles full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They care about their employees, lots of perks!

    Cons

    Im new, so none at the moment!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    10+ Years with Q

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Project Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Clinical Project Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Quintiles full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many wonderful professional people work at this company. Line management is usually very good and tries their best to help you maintain a positive work-life balance. In general team work is very good.

    Cons

    Too many changes made in the last 5 years! All new company systems (both project and HR) in place with little time available to learn and become competent with them. Very stressful and demanding workload required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Quintiles is a great company and offers employees opportunities to grow.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quintiles

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment
    Encourages working remotely
    Opportunities to grow within the same department or in lateral moves

    Cons

    Work-life balance is tough at times due to long hours

  6.  

    Growing opportunities, no hassle experience as a contract employee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Quintiles as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Average to above average salary, great benefits, from who I've interacted with they have nice managers and higher ups and from a contracted employee perspective they let you do your job without interfering.

    Cons

    They don't give much clarity on where the contract is headed but that's typical for pharma sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more insight on the future of contracts and/or other opportunities within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Loved this company 12 years ago.....but things have changed.....so sad!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Clayton, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Clayton, NC

    I worked at Quintiles full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule
    Work from home
    Nice bonues
    Great health benefits
    Great Educational benefits

    Cons

    Since going public-
    Travel accommodations are now less safe for staff
    Lost technology reimbursement
    Education benefit now tied to tenure (which means they can fire you and you owe them the money back if you have not worked out your tenure for the benefit, lay off is different)
    No retiree benefits
    Awful open desk environment (maybe ok for the foreign countries but the US culture is different)
    Expensive healthcare
    Use to have room to advance now its dog eat dog (use to love my co-workers but the environment is now watch your back ALL the TIME)
    Poor managers who have to manage customers and staff....staff lose out and never can advance (so we leave for better jobs when we really dont want to!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    VP level and above are removed and only see what is put in their faces however are allowed to make decisions that impact lower levels and then wonder why things dont work or are not as productive as they could be (duh...listen to your lower level if you want real results)
    VP and above are constantly looking for fall guys and then they wonder why we have lost our innovation (why be innovative if your job is always on the line....really?!)
    Great talent is always recruited and bought in....but don't last past 3 years....burned out by overwork or political games to keep in their roles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Work Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Analyst in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Contract Analyst in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Quintiles full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, flexible work life balance, lots of opportunities to grow a career in several areas

    Cons

    With their constant innovation, sometimes they put the cart before the horse which can hinder daily Operations. Lots of bureaucracy and multiple layers for approvals can slow business decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less silos

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Reliable pay and benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quintiles full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Provides regular paycheck, bonus, and good benefits. Award system in place to give positive feedback and gift cards to employees who provide quality, integrity, or team work.

    Cons

    Management unaware of all situations, good or bad. External customers have too much control over work processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to exhibit more awareness, strength and professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to gain experience in the Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator

    I have been working at Quintiles as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great!
    You learn a lot
    Flexible environment, don't micromanage

    Cons

    Depending on department can be a contract employee too long which means less money and no benefits.
    They are outsourcing a lot of jobs which is something to be worried about as a US employee
    Work load is too much

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Traveling Specialty Pharmaceutical Sales Rep. (Contract Work)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Traveling Specialty Pharmaecutical Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Traveling Specialty Pharmaecutical Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Quintiles as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    New and exciting experience traveling the U.S. as a specialty sales representative. The opportunity to work with another pharmaceutical company and experience their company culture even though you are not an employee of that company. Usually contract companies will hire the many displaced pharmaceutical sales representatives that lost their jobs due to the recent fall of the economy within the US. The contract companies don't have such unrealistic and harsh requirements that many of the non contract pharmaceutical companies now have established.

    Cons

    This is a contract pharmaceutical company and even though the contract you were hired for might be a two or three year contract the contract can end abruptly BEFORE the contract's end date. For example, you might be on a two year contract and the contract ends at the sixth month of the first year. Although, the company will tell you that they will try their best to place you on another assignment; unfortunately, nine times out of ten you will not be replaced on another contract within a timely fashion. You might be called to work on another contract about a year later after your last assignment. If you are not concerned about having a true steady salary and steady work then contract work would be ideal, besides it is CONTRACT work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try harder to place the representatives who may have worked on contracts that ended abruptly and early onto other contracts.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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