ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services

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ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
42 Reviews
2.4
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company to work for, went downhill when PRA took over.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services

    Pros

    Good pay and benifits. Was able to work from home although this was very rare.

    Cons

    Management is hit or miss. Changes when PRA look over aren't great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistent management

  2.  

    Study Start up Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Study Start Up Specialist in Fort Washington, PA
    Former Employee - Study Start Up Specialist in Fort Washington, PA

    I worked at ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice company, nice benefits, nice people

    Cons

    some managers are under trained, but overall nice place to be at.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My experience was very good.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Site Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Site Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    My time at RPS was a great one. Management was very supportive during difficult times and with just being a listening ear. Very understanding for work/life balance. Even when a Sponsor assignment would end RPS would place us on the bench until the next job assignment was identified. The salary was very good as well.

    Cons

    There were no Cons I can think of while working at RPS, the CONs would be with the Sponsors I was assigned to if anything, but the RPS Management team made the situation better with their support system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for being supportive during my employment at RPS.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Good place to start your career or do interim work while between jobs.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Drug Supply Coordinator in Summit, NJ
    Former Employee - Drug Supply Coordinator in Summit, NJ

    I worked at ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay rate, opportunities to work remotely, depending on client decent management and work conditions. Merge with PRA may be beneficial.

    Cons

    Poor pay raises, no bonus potential, no.minimal 401k match, expensive benefits, management doesn't always let you know what is going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is the key. Good, bad, or indifferent let people know what is going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    RPS was previously a great place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in Phila, PA

    I worked at ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Over many years, RPS was a proven performance corporation with some truly talented employees.

    Cons

    No path for personal advancement. Management positions were given to many without proven managerial experience and social skills. Politics strongly controlled promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The desire to quickly expand Global services and the push to take the company public is where this employee owned company lost control of it's destiny.
    Same old story in the end; top management benefited and the house of cards fell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Management is poor. Benefits are now poor. No Raises.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Drug Supplies Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Drug Supplies Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are in a group that is allowed to, you can work from home 1-2x a week.

    Cons

    Managers do not are about the people. If you get a yearly raise, it will not even be a cost of living raise. If you get promoted, only a specific % raise, regardless of how much others in the same position make.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just a dollar figure, but a nice one

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services full-time

    Pros

    The pay is what you would expect of a contracted position but you have full benefits

    Cons

    RPS is a glorified contracting agency. If you have issues with your employer you are directed to speak with your RPS manager instead of the company you work for. Your RPS manager isn't going to stand up for you to the company you work for because they don't want to hurt their relationship and the Pharma giant to start using another supplier. There is no one watching out for you.

    Do NOT let them sell "the bench" to you. It does no exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at your turn over rates. They are high because your employees are getting trampled on by the companies you farm them out to. Stand up for your employees and they will be loyal to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Management is poor. Benefits get lower and prices you pay for your benefits get higher.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Fort Washington, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Fort Washington, PA

    I have been working at ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    slightly higher starting salary than the average in the industry. But no raises and no bonuses. There is a flexible work from home policy depending on your client.

    Cons

    Benefits keep disappearing, PRA bought this company and RPS (the old company) is being treated like a unwanted stepchild. Once they get you into the company there are no raises and no bonuses. It's unknown if it will change with the new parent company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep your promises, there was a bench policy and it disappeared when people were being laid off. They promise a lot but not much materializes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging times

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home and good coworkers

    Cons

    management, benefits, lack of appreciation for employees, long hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dream became a Nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Washington, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Washington, PA

    I have been working at ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are friendly and helpful when you need assistance.

    Cons

    Definitely a company where you must do your best negotiation for a good salary before you accept their offer. The pay is good in a "golden handcuffs" way. But the raises are negligible. Supposedly the raises are based on merit. However, if you get 1.5%, then so did eveybody else. True merit increases would mean one person gets 2%, while the next person gets 4%, and so on. It was a good place to work until the execs went on a CRO shopping spree in Europe. That meant no one got any raises and the bonus plan (up to 5% of salary) was discontinued. There is little chance of advancement.

    There is a stringent rule about employees being professional and courteous at all times when communicating with each other. That apparently does not apply to managers, directors, or VPs. Having the right title and reporting to the right person gives managers and directors carte blanche privileges to be verbally abusive to staff.

    Finally, while promising that the company was solid and all jobs were safe, the CEO sold it to another CRO and hundreds of people lost their jobs and continue to do so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that management-level people treat the staff like professional adults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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