Quintiles

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Quintiles Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
547 Reviews
3.2
547 Reviews
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Quintiles CEO Tom Pike
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I believe them when they say that work/life balance is a priority for them (in 45 reviews)

  • Good interpersonal relations, good working environment, possibility to work from home (in 33 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Struggling with change management

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Quintiles full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are very nice and the environment is professional.

    Cons

    Change management is requested by the leadership but they are not very good at it. Too many layers of approvals necessary to get anything done which slows the process. Although I am a senior manager I don't have a budget and I need to go through layers of approvals on expenses.
    Raises are below the inflation rate even though my review was excellent. We all sit in tiny desks and there is absolutely no privacy as we sit in an open area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bringing in senior managers, promote more from within. If you want change management make it a corporate KPI.
    Give more autonomy for individuals to take risks and make decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of talent, long hours, trying to stay ahead

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    Former Employee - IT Leader in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - IT Leader in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Some amazing and hard working people. Global, opportunities everywhere. Lots of positive energy and thought leadership. #1 in it's market, which it invented. Huge opportunity to build on history of success.

    Cons

    Long hours, expected long days. Lack of delegated decision-making. Still a few people making all the decisions. Needs to develop and communicate a clear strategy for next steps, both in core business and emerging areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue transitioning to a meritocracy from a company that maintains leadership based on time of service and vague accountability. Implement a culture of distributed decision making and accontability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for, but need to be proactive to find career growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quintiles full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, mentoring opportunities and ability to move around in different functional groups. Management team is flexible and ready to help employees.

    Cons

    Clear opportunities for growth are not specified, and one has to work hard to find it. When there are a lot of people working from home, the work place can be a little boring. Not many office get together opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The consulting / market intelligence division of Quintiles = disappointing experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    I work alongside a lot of interesting and smart people. The content of the work we do is interesting and I'm always learning something new. Somewhat flexible schedule and you can work from home when you need to. In the last year, management has tried to improve the workplace culture.

    Cons

    I can't speak for Director-level and above, but market researchers aren't compensated well compared to other Boston firms. The perks are kind of a joke - employees get hardly any vacation time (relative to other consulting/research firms) until they have 4 or 5 years tenure. Whenever the head of our division tries to plan an event / outing, etc. half the staff silently complain about having to give up precious work time to attend. Many (particularly Directors and Senior Directors) don't even bother to show up. Managing staff frequently say "yes" to absurd client requests and insanely tight deadlines, which is detrimental to the culture and employee well being. I understand the need to bring in revenue, but when a lack of boundaries with clients results in an overwhelmed employee who leaves after a year or two, something is amiss. Retention is not great - we had five analysts leave within a two month period earlier this year. The on boarding period isn't great either...sloppy and incomplete training definitely contributed to a lot of my stress early on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an outside consulting firm to come in and assess the employee retention rate, manager dynamics, culture, etc. Yes, there is a lot of consulting expertise and experience in our division, but we need an external/fresh perspective and direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at Quintiles for five years.

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Trials Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Trials Assistant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good to get experience then move on.

    Cons

    Bad Management, Disconnected from employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is needed on all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    New Quintiles is not Old Quintiles

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Great infrastructure. Ability and willingness to make bold bets.

    Cons

    Since going public very focused on ST performance. Teams worked very very hard. Very political environment for middle and upper management,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look back at the bets Dennis Gillings made pre-Pike days and think hard about bringning that back -- this is what biopharms are looking for...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    50-60 hour week

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate I in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate I in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Can work from home 2 days per week

    Cons

    long hours, extensive driving, too much sitting

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    really pleased with my experience, good vision - strong company

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    Current Employee - Specialty Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Specialty Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    work-life balance, straight forward - sales, great manager, transparent, you know what you are getting into, working on the Janssen contract is great, more than just a contract sales company - opportunities to move into other areas of pharma business

    Cons

    limited opportunities for advancement with Quintiles, Contract business is uncertain, never know how long it will last, field employees have very little contact with management of Quintiles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, great people!

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern

    I have been working at Quintiles as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There were a lot of opportunities for personal growth.

    Cons

    The perks weren't as good as they could be.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst/Product Management Team in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst/Product Management Team in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere is laid back and the teams are very helpful

    Cons

    The drive from the east side of Raleigh can be hectic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to experience clinical trials.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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