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PRA Health Sciences Overview

Raleigh, NC
10000+ employees
Company - Public (PRAH)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
We know that people are our greatest strength, so we work hard to hire the very best. Then we nurture, challenge, and reward them so they want to stay. The result? A dynamic, loyal workforce. A culture that values individuality and innovation. A commitment to employee growth and ... Read more

Mission: People don't come to PRA to witness the future of clinical development. They come to shape it.

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  • Our own Jason Neat, Executive Director of Services/Operations of US Bioanalytical Laboratories, will take part in a panel discussion hosted by CRB in Kansas on April 18th.

    The panel, comprising some of the brightest leaders in science, will share insights into the latest trends & predictions for the future of research as well as innovations in technology, business & regional development.

    You can find more information about the event here ->

    Exploring the intersections between public & private science

    With the largest concentration of animal health companies and top research universities, Kansas City attracts the brightest leaders in science. Please join us for a thoughtful panel discussion on the intersections or crossovers between public and private science.

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PRA Health Sciences – Why Work For Us?

Why you should choose PRA?

We know that people are our greatest strength, so we work hard to hire the very best. Then we nurture, challenge, and reward them so they want to stay. The result? A dynamic, loyal workforce. A culture that values individuality and innovation. A commitment to employee growth and development. And pride in our work on clinical development that changes lives.

PRA’s Philosophy 

  • PRA encourages open, two way communication across the business and empowers you to take your career as far as you want it to go

PRA’s Leadership 

  • Our respected leadership team is dedicated to supporting and empowering our people to be the best!

Employee Referrals 

  • Our people love it here! PRA’s greatest source of hires during the past several years has been through employee referrals

Career Development 

  • Throughout the year our management team works to develop and assess progress toward individual goals and objectives

Stay Connected

  • Employees stay connected worldwide through our fully integrated IT operations and communications infrastructure

Learning Environment

  • We are a proud registered education provider for the Project Management Institute

Competitive Benefits and Compensation

PRA offers our employees competitive wages, a progressive rewards program, robust education and training options to help employees manage their personal and professional lives. PRA’s global benefits and compensation program includes the following (just to name a few):

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 401k with a company match
  • Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • 10 Paid Holidays!
  • 4 Weeks of PTO, 5 Weeks after 5 Years
  • Short and Long Term disability
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Dependent and Medical Care Reimbursement

PRA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer

Inspiring kindness, empowering action

Inspiring kindness, empowering action

At PRA, our passion and commitment to improving lives extends far beyond our work. Philanthropy. Charitable giving. Social responsibility. These are more than buzz words with us; they’re ideas we hold up as ideals, because our people embrace a culture of giving. We’re optimistic that, individually and collectively, we can help make tomorrow better than today. We believe that it is our obligation as a company to help our people find meaningful ways to respond to the needs of others around the world. This sense of common purpose pervades our culture and serves as the foundation of who we are. Put simply. We Care. 

Our approach is unique. We don’t tell our employees what they should care about. They tell us. 

PRA Cares is not about a single program or charity. It’s about helping people wherever and whenever we can.

Some of our many ongoing charity efforts include: 

  • Habitat For Humanity (Raleigh)
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Motivation, A Charity Supporting People with Mobility Challenges
  • Cradles to Crayons program provides children with clothes, school supplies, and toys (Blue Bell)
  • Clothing Drive for Paralyzed Veterans of America (Kansas City)
  • Angel Trees (Multiple Offices)
  • Food Drives (Multiple Offices)
  • Food Bank (North Carolina)
  • Make a Wish (Madrid)
  • Me2Club (Reading)
  • Toy Lift (Charlottesville)
  • Heart to Heart International (Raleigh and Lenexa)
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Marlton)
CEO Message - Colin Shannon


The story of PRA Health Sciences would naturally talk about how we’ve become one of the world’s largest CROs. It would talk about our innovation and growth and would speak to our operational efficiencies and transparency. It would highlight our expertise and customization. And it would touch on the incredible differences we’ve made, over our more than 30 years, in helping to bring to market everything from niche treatments and therapies to blockbuster drugs.

More than anything else, our story would be about people. Not only our over 16,000 + employees operating in more than 80 countries, though they’d certainly be a big part of it, but also the people that inspire them. The heroes of any PRA Health Sciences story are the clients we serve and the people whose lives we help improve, all over the world. And our story has only just begun.

Employee Testimonials

"My team is my work family!  We share snippets of our lives with each other, which creates a bonded atmosphere, and we truly care about one another.  There is no task to big or small to share.  I am on a global trial, with a huge Sponsor, but it feels very personal to me.  I am never alone!"

Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Operations


"The Bridge program that brought me in to PRA provided a solid base skill-wise and a great network of colleagues to start working as a CRA. I was fortunate and was able to receive the support of a mentor when I first joined, and I loved that PRA had a mentorship program. I myself will be training as a mentor, as I felt it was critical to my success in being flexible during many project and role transitions."

Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Operations

“I’ve had the opportunity to be in several roles over the years and I’ve never felt the need to look elsewhere. I love PRA’s culture and the people!” 

Manager, Clinical Data Management 

“I’m helping to bring life-improving drugs to market for patients all over the world – we all play a part in something bigger. PRA is truly an exceptional place to work.” 

Clinical Team Manager 

“The best things about working at PRA are being part of a positive and dynamic environment and dynamic environment and the many varied opportunities for job growth and satisfaction.” 

Manager of Clinical Operations 2, Embedded Clinical Programs 

"The positive attitude and comradery among coworkers who create and maintain an environment where everyone can flourish and where cooperation and collaboration are the norm. Necessary resources are provided to perform our work. Time and energy is invested in building leadership skills. PRA is well respected and highly regarded as a top performing CRO."

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Technology and PRA Health Science

Technology empowers us to connect insights and move in any direction. Especially forward.

  • At PRA Health Sciences, our application of technology truly sets us apart. We strategically develop global, sustainable, scalable solutions that are not only unique to our industry but also empower our project teams to implement innovative strategies that are specifically designed to connect study insights from around the world and move our clients ahead. Our level of ongoing technological integration into the clinical development process is a real advantage in both productivity and in delivering reliable results in an ever-advancing industry.

Our technology is connecting a new age of clinical development.

  • We understand the very necessary role that fully conceptualized technology architecture plays in achieving unified, global service. And no one fills that role better. Our information delivery system enables project teams from across the globe to collaborate seamlessly, and provides our clients with the data transparency they need.

It’s time technology and clinical development embraced their full potential.

  • While our information delivery is unmatched in the industry, we’re continually looking to improve the solutions we provide. We’re actively building out an Information Technology infrastructure that gathers metadata across all aspects of a study, regardless of application, all on the same backbone. This infrastructure and its deployment will move CRO-vendor partnerships to a whole new level of transparency. Reporting data will become leveraging information, and our clients’ ability to be predictive rather than reactive will be unparalleled.

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PRA Health Sciences Photos

PRA Health Sciences photo of: Our colleagues in Singapore put on a charitable effort to collect shoes & clothing for Soles4Souls
PRA Health Sciences photo of: Our colleagues in Singapore put on a charitable effort to collect shoes & clothing for Soles4Souls
PRA Health Sciences photo of: Our colleagues in Singapore put on a charitable effort to collect shoes & clothing for Soles4Souls
PRA Health Sciences photo of: Our colleagues in Sofia with "Caps for the Future” to raise funds for baby incubators to be donated to Bulgaria hospitals
PRA Health Sciences photo of: A number of our management team in Europe volunteered at Banco de Alimentos - Madrid
PRA Health Sciences photo of: Our team at this year's #WODCUSA
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PRA Health Sciences Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




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    Anonymous Employee in Blue Bell, PA
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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at PRA Health Sciences (Blue Bell, PA) in December 2018.


    Had a phone conversation with the talent recruiter about my past experiences. The phone conversation was essentially for screening purposes. The recruiter got back to me in about 1-2 days about potential interview dates.

    The day of the interview I had two different groups interview me. One group was 2 different in-house CRA's and the other group was 2 different FM's (functional manger i believe). They asked pretty basic questions nothing that would really throw you off. I had a really good experience at the interview and was offered a position the following day. Negotiation of salary took about another day or so. I would say the entire process took about a week or two.

    Interview Questions

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PRA Health Sciences Awards & Accolades

  • Clinical company of the year - the Americas, PharmaTimes, 2017
  • International Clinical Company of the year - Europe and APAC, PharmaTimes, 2017
  • Best Contract Research Organization, World Vaccine Congress ViE Awards, 2018
  • Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs in 2018, Forbes, 2018
  • Top Workplaces in Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Inquirer, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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