Retroscreen Virology

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Retroscreen Virology Reviews

Updated November 30, 2014
Updated November 30, 2014
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fantastic Company

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    Former Employee - Clinical Support Specialist in Ely, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Clinical Support Specialist in Ely, England (UK)

    I worked at Retroscreen Virology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My experience within this company was a good one. I found that my skills really developed over the time I was there.

    Cons

    Communication was always a small issue, but for a rapidly growing company this can be expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you want your career to hit a brick wall.

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    Former Employee - CRA in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - CRA in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    As all the other reviews state, there have been some really good and talented people working here. It certainly doesn't make up for all that's wrong with this place. Don't let the one positive review fool you into thinking the negativity is nothing more than disgruntled employees.

    Cons

    Where do I start?
    Directionless, exploitative and utterly demoralising. You put everything you have into trying to make a difference. You work hard to help the company. You do everything you can to placate angry clients, because senior management never do their job to help improve things and it only goes from bad to worse. Retroscreen's reputation with the majority of its customers is mud and there's never any repeat business. Everything you work to achieve will be torn apart and thrown in your face. Don't expect anyone in senior management to tell you you've done a good job because it's never going to happen, they'll just take the credit as if it's something they achieved. Also if you work here expect someone who has no idea what they are doing tell you how to do your job.
    It's laughable that they actually expect current employees to write positive reviews on here. It's quite telling that there's only one.
    Customers and prospective employees should keep clear of this place, it's all going to come crashing down eventually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When I think of senior management at Retroscreen a headless chicken comes to mind. You're not qualified or experienced for the position you are in. Things will get better only when you leave. Realise that and you're one step closer to fixing all that's wrong with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Building a new company that has all the potential to be truly global and move mankind on a leap.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Retroscreen Virology full-time

    Pros

    Identifying diagnostics, insights and cures to life threatening diseases and re-engineering drug development to be quicker and cheaper is a challenge I find worthy challenge. Add that to career acceleration and leaning at light speed has meant that as the company grows so have its people. Working with inspirational thought leaders and brilliant thinkers in all areas of the business who are actively engaged in supporting the companies growth is an opportunity that rarely comes along. The company has a straight talking and compassionate culture that allows people to express themselves and challenge. Teams that have been forged through the challenging growth and history of the company come together to form a bed rock of trust and excellence. The company is full of inspirational people at all levels. Consultants coming in from other industries has really opened up the thinking and have helped accelerate the growth Everyday is a new challenge and next year looks to be even more exciting.

    Cons

    Keeping pace with the growth, ambition and leadership of the company can be challenging. You have to be focused on your job, perform, believe in the vision (even though it sometimes isn't clear) and be willing to work with ambiguity.. Some of my peers have really struggled with this as they have come from slower less dynamic backgrounds and when faced with the challenge growth presents they have been outpaced. This is a very different culture and challenge to working in a large pharma.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve communications, they have got better.The Employee Forums that have come out of the last restructure are really helpful do more of this. Provide us a better understanding of career paths and future workloads so we can plan better. Be clear about promotions and why individuals have been given higher roles. Also be clear why we are bringing in contractors and bank verse permanent staff in different roles. Please try and balance the impact of change by building stability where possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    A bullying culture and HR don't care

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Retroscreen Virology

    Pros

    It should be such a great company and can be, there are people who are dedicated......

    Cons

    ....but they are leaving/ forced out to satisfy the egos of the multiple consultants (on massive salaries), CMO and one of the newly appointed Managing Directors (who recruits his wife).

    The companies competitors must be loving the flow of staff with years of experience who they can recruit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a team together that cares about the company, not their egos. A leader that cares about their team and does not bully them. Don't just shout at them to write positive reviews on this site,, don't treat the symptoms, look for the cause.

  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    A good company to waste your life at.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    To be Honest i cannot really think of any pro's for this company, except the staff that work there are hardworking and friendly (the Majority of them)

    Cons

    -No training provided when you join, i was told i would be given a training pack 7 months later it was still under construction by manager. So be prepared to go it alone and learn by yourself.

    -No processes, all SOPs and processes go out the window like a paper plane would. when theres a new study the wheel is re invented all the time.

    -management are not qualified to manage people, they make threats and if you decide to complain HR will never take support you. Your always the one to blame.

    -Massive blame culture so anyone working there please cover your back, as Management will find a scapegoat to blame even though they are not competent to do their job.

    -You will never get a pay rise, i asked my manager and she was unaware that a form existing (lies upon lies). The form has been available since the electronic drives where created. Hilarious.

    -no promotions are available in this company, Favoritism is rife, people get promoted due to knowing people.

    -Competencies are in-consist, never updated, completed. Staff that have less experience then you or on a lower pay grade have higher competencies.

    -Also if you want to get promoted you need to have a special relationship with upper management (readings can classify special relationships in any way you want)

    -Staff morale is awful people do not want to be there forced due to mortgages needing to be paid and bills needing to be paid.

    -Director and Management are not aware of low morale, crap pay. They actually believe they pay industry standard, they need to do some research.

    -Managers and director never know your name, they walk past you thinking that your their slaves. They still live in the medieval times.

    -Massive prep for internal and MHRA audits all the time as constantly being complained about.

    Finally the positive review posted on this website was done purposely, everyone is asked to write a positive review but no one actually volunteers except one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What advice can i give to the management. Take a walk down to Tesco and buy a big bag of popcorn and what all your staff leave.

    Hire Spielberg and get him to create a movie on the demise of Retro screen.

    On a serious note to the Director open your eyes focus on

    -Pay/ Benefits
    -Training
    -Your studies are a total mess fix them up
    -Your models are outdated
    -Consultants are a joke and just robbing you in daily light.
    -Everyone will leave please devise a contingency plan.
    - Stop threatening behavior by managers.
    -Hire competent Managers that can hire appropriate staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great mission. Terrible leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Retroscreen Virology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great, hard working staff who try to support each other and somehow keep the company running. Lots of potential to contribute to global research through what the company aims to achieve.

    Cons

    Low staff morale. Managers spend more time gossiping and deciding who they like and don't like than just being professional - general lack of common sense. A good idea is not yours anymore if you happen to share it with the wrong person.

    Preferential treatment is shown to some over others, let alone the "spies". Speak out against this and you will be in the bad books.

    Nothing is done to show staff that they are valued other than call for ridiculous meetings to exaggerate to them how "well" the company is doing, showing little regard for certain groups or individuals; yet somehow expect full dedication for zero appreciation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiding behind corporate technicalities and try to deal with the real issues within the company, rather than massaging egos and worrying about public perception while the company is imploding silently.

    Concentrate on ways to help your employees enjoy what they do at your company, instead of seeing their time with you as a bridge in pay cheques, or a farewell to their career aspirations. Or is that the general plan?

    Stop treating people as cheap, replaceable spare parts to your badly oiled machine - especially lower level employees. Take a good look at what employees' loyalty has done for other companies and build from that. At this point, a mere "thank you" to your employees just won't do the trick. Giving bonuses that only benefit about 5-10% of the company won't help either.

    Hire people who are actually experienced leaders with positive track records, than offering leadership courses to those who lack the social aptitude necessary to fulfil their roles. At least let them have the desire to make changes, and authority to implement those corrections based on what is best for the company, including employees, as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    this company is a joke

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Retroscreen Virology

    Pros

    Very friendly team, good experience for a person that is at the start of their career.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Lack of communication between management and their staff, managers dump their work on other people and then take the credit. Decisions are taken without actually asking the people that are involved in the process what they think. Even if you speak up nobody will do anything to resolve the issue. You see fake smiles all around, managers acting like everything is under control when its not.
    Having read some of the other reviews I can honestly say that I am not surprised that they have asked the senior staff to write good reviews, this is how low they go to achieve fake company reputation.
    Some of the company changes and goals are unrealistic as managers don't know what the work actually involves. There is no planning and sometimes people are asked for impossible things without thinking about the impact this has.

    There is no chance of progression, many good skilled employees leave just because they hit a wall of egos that cannot be climbed. You are either with them or you're out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak to your staff and keep them involved in the decision process. Listen to what everyone has to say and stop treating people poorly. Last but not least motivate your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    SHAREHOLDERS/BOARD PLEASE READ: Good opportunity wasted by nepotism and incompetence in Middle/Senior management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Retroscreen Virology as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are good employees left who have not yet been scared off by all the cons I list

    Cons

    As someone who knew the company well, I have concern for future of this company and for shareholders

    *some critical senior management have little/no clinical experience/knowledge and yet they make clinical decision

    *huge bonuses to high level staffs and huge salaries to consultants while other staffs only been given inflation increases in salary this year alone

    *what are consultants actually doing? The whole company is still a mess. Tell the whole staff what the consultants are doing

    *huge gap between senior management's opinion of what should be done and reality of what works

    *poor decisions made consistently by senior management

    *unrealistic expectations following significant structural and the team break ups

    *HR dept that is trusted by no one, we could not go to them with our concerns

    *zero morale, literally zero

    *majority of best staff have realised they bang their heads against brick wall in order to get things done and have therefore resigned; the new lower salaries therefore attract sub standard staff who are poor at their jobs

    *Can see no light at the end of the tunnel unless a catastrophe forces people into action eg. major audit fails, pulling out of studies/failure to deliver

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do RVL management/the CEO/the board/shareholders actually read this?

    Advice to management: There are some of you who are good at your jobs. Everyone knows the people that aren't....can we stop the old boy culture and move for their dismissal?

    Advice to CEO: Do not trust what your senior managers are telling you. Spend some time on the ground floor and see for yourself. Let ground level employees tell you the truth without fear of losing their jobs if they criticise the system/their managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    A Train Crash waiting to be discovered

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I have learnt a lot in a short space of time.
    There are some terrific people working here.
    The finance director is a good man with the respect of many, he must often wonder how he has ended up in a circus such as this.

    Cons

    The ideas and vision is poorly planned and managed by the senior management team, the CEO and her 'Vice Presidents' are dreamers who want nothing more than a bunch of 'yes' men around them.

    all Other senior 'Execs' have ego issues and each acts like a CEO as soon as they are behind closed doors. Highly confidential information is being shared incorrectly.

    Well respected individuals have come on board over the last 6 months only for those individuals to be forced out as soon as they disagree with the CEO. Her relationship with another member of the Exec board is the deep rooted cause of the unrest and divided approach seen across the business. There are other 'relationships' at senior level that are a huge conflict of interest. Consultants and 'interim' directors are everywhere and these people are paid £1000's a week and know and contribute nothing.

    Restructures are rife and the company vision changes faster than the weather. The Senior Management are constantly looking to 'one up' each other. No one works together. Pay and benefits are extremely average and communication is the worst i have experienced. HR are incompetent and do nothing to support staff who have a grievance.

    Staff retention is non-existent. After a recent 'consolidation' of staff numbers, HR were delighted that only a few people had lost their jobs due to this restructure (the 3rd in as many years). However, the consolidation was handled so poorly that dozens and dozens of people have resigned in recent months. More and more people are looking to leave everyday.

    These reviews on glass door are dismissed as 'nothing' by certain senior people - WRONG!!! THEY MEAN EVERYTHING!!!

    Staff have recently been asked to write 'positive' glass door reviews. Thankfully, people are using this forum to express whats really happening.

    It will be a miracle if the regulatory groups don't shut them down.

    The reputation the company holds with its clients is appalling.

    There is no culture to speak of and they do not look after their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave? Seriously, the consultants in 'interim' jobs - ask yourselves, why are you here? are you helping the situation? The answer is a simple, you are making it worse. This 'old pals and wives' act is getting beyond a joke now. You are messing with people's livelihoods here. GO NOW.

    Exec team - stop bickering, work together, start delivering on vision, reward the people who have put you where you are.

    CEO - stop, look and listen hard for once. The roadshows and presentations that massage your ego and that of your boyfriend are not bringing people along with you on your journey to the vision you have set. People do not trust you.

    Be honest and your staff will respect a lot more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    A company that thinks GCP stands for Good Company Pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    To learn about the viral challenge model and then use that knowledge to get a job at a competitor
    if you are good at your job you will know if because you'll be pushed out of the company ASAP.

    Cons

    The management won't listen to any good advice, to the point of hiring a consultant to turn the business around and then ignoring everything he told them to do
    No-one in the company knows how to run a clinical trial.
    There are no processes in place for new staff to follow. They are thrown in at the deep end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove everyone with no experience in clinical trials and replace them with someone who knows how to run a trial.
    Let them take the lead on systems at work. No matter how crazy their idea sounds it's likely they are right and you are wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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