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ICON Overview
Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (ICLR)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
PAREXEL, PRA Health Sciences
ICON plc is a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The company specialises in the strategic development, management and analysis of programs that support clinical development - from ... Read more

Mission: ICONs mission is to help our clients to accelerate the development of drugs and devices that save lives and improve quality of life.

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ICON CEO Ciaran Murray
Ciaran Murray
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  • "Good place to work, matrix organization. Feels good to be part of a multinational company. Up and coming company."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
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    I have been working at ICON full-time


    Huge international presence - over 12,300 employees across 87 locations in 38 countries.

    Matrix organization, new employees will get help from colleagues. Learning curve is decent, Newbies are not bombarded with huge responsibilities in the first month, unlike smaller companies.

    North Wales, PA is a good place to live and not too expensive. Moving here could be a good decision.


    There is a lot of inter departmental politics in management, but this is common in most companies. Salaries are generally not very high but if you know your worth, you can negotiate a decent salary.

    Advice to Management

    Don't shy away from hiring more qualified people. Raise salaries or else you will lose some good employees.

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ICON Interviews



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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at ICON.


    My background is an excellent fit with the role I applied for. I was also referred by a well liked, high ranking employee within the company who went out of his way to recommend me. Even with all this, it was a major achievement to get past HR/Talent acquisition. They really seem to guard the gate.
    Anyway, after the initial phone interviews, the on-site interview went well. Everyone was impressed but then for some reason I never got a call. I later found out that they found me overqualified and the job went to someone else - who quit in less than a month!
    A few months later I again got a call, this time the Hiring manager was someone else who really liked my background. We skipped the on-site this time as I had already done that, and I was made an offer.
    I had researched my salary worth really well and was able to negotiate a good salary. You MUST spend enough time knowing your $$ worth and do negotiate or else you will be low balled.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you sure you will be able to relocate? This is not a remote job and there is no relocation package.   1 Answer
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ICON Awards & Accolades

  • Sponsors’ Favourite CRO to work with 2007/2008, Thomson Centerwatch / William Blair, Sponsor Survey, 2016
  • Best Practice Award - Growth Leadership, Contract Research Outsourcing North America, Frost and Sullivan Best Practice Awards, 2011
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