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Chiltern International Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible CRO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chiltern International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    5 days a week total remote position- pay decent, benefits fair,

    Cons

    Worst internal processes and agree,the worst IT infra structure ever. Typical sweat shop mentality to do more with less.

    Advice to Management

    I would not take in new business to get your house processes in order.. lawsuits will ensue.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "RMD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and loved my coworkers!

    Cons

    Company does not support hiring internally. Don't look to move up or grow in the company. It is frowned upon. When my manager was notified that I was looking to switch departments she acted as if I betrayed her! Oh and the pay is horrible!

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a program that will allow employees to move up and grow within the company. You should not expect a person to sit in the same position for ever.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Extensive travel with no concern for work/life balance. 20 years experience and never traveled more than there."

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Johnson City, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chiltern International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great peers willing to help whenever needed.
    -Ability to work from home when not traveling (see cons)

    Cons

    -Extensive Travel that is not regionalized
    -No work/life balance
    -Failure of HR to assist in concerns
    -Extremely overpriced medical care when additional costs are added in. The family deductible was over $5000 starting -in July and again in January. Yes, $10,500 a year in required deductible costs.
    -While there are some solid managers, they must live in concern for their jobs. So while they empathize with your situation, they honestly can't do much for you.
    -Expansion of company is happening so fast they just can't keep up. Concern is about becoming the Quintiles of the world instead of staying in the niche they were best at.

    Advice to Management

    -To lower management, move on if possible. I see the red flags popping up and you don't want to get caught in a hail storm.
    -To upper management, instead of the constant looking ahead at the great and grand future of a huge company, see that what you have behind you are good, dedicated people that have been there for years dedicated to you, but losing patience. Expansion means nothing without the dedication of the staff you had. Its already happening as I have heard directly of one company coming in to clean up your mess.


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  5. "Poor upper management from Theorem"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chiltern International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules.
    Good coworkers.
    Company growth

    Cons

    Poor management especially from Theorem side. They hardly adhere to Chiltern standards and lack work ethics.

    Advice to Management

    Be compliant to and aware of Chiltern SOPs. Even after 1 year of acquisition, Theorem employees lack minimum qualifications to join Chiltern work force.
    Hire people with more CRO experience and who appreciates quality work by fellow workers. Management should be trained on basics of people management skills and core company values.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible place to work!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chiltern International full-time

    Pros

    There are some really nice people that have the unfortunate task of working at Chiltern.

    Cons

    Complete leadership vacuum. After the Theorem acquisition, there has been so much confusion and operational failures. Many many many unhappy clients. It's believed by many staff that the quisition and subsequent push for bookings and revenue (without thought given to the stress they are putting on the organization) is gearing the company up for a sale to a larger CRO. Complete lack of any long term thinking from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads out of your behinds. You're messing with people's lives and their families. Another acquisition is likely to break it altogether. If you're on the squiring end, think long and hard before going down this path. Disaster!!


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Could be great, but isn't"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chiltern International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefits and great work life balance

    Cons

    horrible project management, no growth once in a position expect to be there for a long time if not forever. Management lies, caught them in several during my time there.

    Advice to Management

    none - why put anything here, if by chance someone does read it no one will listen


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Senior Clinical Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chiltern International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company is growing and winning quite a bit of business. Benefits did improve for legacy Theorem employees with Chiltern acquisition.

    Cons

    Get ready for change, b/c it happens all the time. From line managers to project assignments. Turnover is high, as CRAs are over worked and under appreciated. It can be very political depending upon which division you are assigned. Resourcing has CRAs on 3 or more protocols and sites are not assigned regionally. Management team is aloof and you will not have much support at all.

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain staff and stop letting great talent walk out the door.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not the worst, but could be exponentially better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chiltern International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, Nice facility, Good benefits

    Cons

    Micro-management in all the wrong ways
    Unsustainable work-load
    Upper management without proper understanding of tasks you're beig asked to complete.
    Inflexible work hours
    Raises are not given to reward excellent work

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. All that are hired here are professionals and know how to work effectively, therefore rather than reprimanding for outside of the box thinking, reward and encourage it.
    Also, give people more opportunities to advance within the company.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Behind the times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chiltern International full-time

    Pros

    Most employees are honest. The benefits are average in the industry. Chiltern allows regional employment in most situations. Regional employees given appropriate support. Average general training provided.

    Cons

    The pay is well below industry standards. The company is backward thinking with embracing new technologies and systems and a large investment is needed. Not an innovative company. Do not think outside the box. Work is not the highest quality.

    Advice to Management

    Stronger upper management team needed.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Personell is interchangeable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chiltern International full-time

    Pros

    Many vacation days (33). Frequent contact with linemanager

    Cons

    Very foggy when talking about salary. Do little to nothing in terms of personal development. They always find a reason why you should not get a raise. If you don't like it, they will just find someone who does.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries, and make the salary scales available to employees. Tak a good hard look at middle management



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