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  1. "Sub Investigator"

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    Former Employee - Sub-Investigator in Council Bluffs, IA
    Former Employee - Sub-Investigator in Council Bluffs, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Clinical Research Advantage (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Research opportunities for patients. Great employment opportunity for medical providers with great compensation.

    Cons

    Some travel involved when doing new study for investigators/sub-investigators.


  2. "Pay not competitive but values great"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clinical Research Advantage full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well organized process across the spectrum

    Cons

    pay not competitive, takes couple years on average to grow

    Advice to Management

    Smile more, take employees under your wing and don't speak badly about your staff they help you look good or bad.

  3. "Not enough time to give an in-depth review"

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    Former Employee - Sub-Investigator in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Sub-Investigator in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends

    I worked at Clinical Research Advantage (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great People, Interesting research, trained staff to help.

    Cons

    Some studies were difficult to fill with a smaller solo--practice office.


  4. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clinical Research Advantage full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Promote within
    Great health benefits
    Great bonuses

    Cons

    Lack of training
    Lack of communication with management


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Would give ZERO stars if I could"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great if you like your hand held. Constantly. By inferior, inexperienced coworkers.

    Cons

    See Pros above.
    This company is a joke. The only competent employees are the ones from Radiant Research. Well the ones that haven't left in disgust yet anyway. This is not a place for those with industry experience. The Sponsors and CROs share this sentiment.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making sites function on an elementary level. Stop inventing "new processes" - your processes are ridiculous, with zero validity. Stop wasting everyone's time with training on topics that any one of us (from Radiant) could school any one at admin (from CRA) on.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unsupportive"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pro's to working with this company. They lie in their interviews about work load. They make you sign documentation that screws you over if you do not work their a year. They do not listen to your needs. They create a venomous work environment. Management will stab you in the back.

    Cons

    Under resourced
    Upper management will not help you
    Over worked
    Poor Quality
    Does not follow GCP
    Sponsors do not like working with them

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees in need of resourcing. If resourcing is lacking then management should be stepping in. GCP and safety should be the primary concern no revenue.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Radiant Research > CRA"

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

    Pros

    Radiant is now a subsidiary of Clinical Research Advantage. I've been with Radiant Research for many, many years and I know my Radiant colleagues would agree when I say that CRA is significantly less experienced and delivers a much lower quality product than Radiant.

    Perhaps this would be a good fit for a new, inexperienced Clinical Research Coordinator. But any good, experienced CRC would be miserable due to the lack of autonomy and over abundance of less experienced micro-managers.

    Cons

    Micromanagemt obsessed.
    Abysmal PTO accrual rates.
    Treats all CRCs as inexperienced.
    Places more value on quantity than quality.

  8. "High Turnover -- Difficulty in filling open positions"

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

    I worked at Clinical Research Advantage full-time

    Pros

    High volume, busy environment, great for first time learners. However, as the previous reviewer stated about experienced coordinators? Is absolutely correct. Autonomy doesn't exist unless you are a site or regional manager or well liked because you "fit in" to that managers behavior expectation (being nice/professional/assertive may not bode well for you depending on the manager and their style of management). If you are a new/inexperienced coordinator, and the CEO and others in senior management self-admit; training someone new is easier than training someone with experience as there is a certain collusive culture for which the company desires to shape new employees to. This type of hiring has worked well for recruitment purposes in markets where there are individuals with the proper credentials to draw from and are willing to try this experience.

    Cons

    The positive reviews exist because the good people who wanted to stay because they enjoy this profession either left or were eliminated by middle management (i.e. no one watching the watchers). Indeed, providing incentives is ideal in the SALES setting however, this is clinical research. Management is more concerned with how quickly YOU will fill their contracts regardless of whether the subject population exists in your market or not and how trainable you are to your local managers "standards". Yes, you will treat your subjects nice and you will be able to take on a variety of studies after extensive training. Your PI will most likely be involved which is good. Bear in mind that you will be expected to "play the game" that will keep you guessing at what the rules are.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to subordinates. Take what they say seriously -- "trial and error" hiring will cost you money in training and time. Hire managers who have had experience managing in the health care industry. It is not advisable to internally promote coordinators who are excellent conducting studies but are clueless on how to manage others regardless of their education and credentials. Recognize what coordinators bring to the table as some bring more, others less. Also recognize what people don't bring but want you to believe they can do. Local managers are just as capable of manipulation of situations and will make anything sound good. Don't ignore the fact that managers and their subordinates will have conflicts and to address all sides fairly and equally. In other words, don't believe everything middle management tells you. Respect, respect, respect!


  9. "Sleep testing and respiratory Branch of CRA- overall decent"

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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 Clinical Research Advantage full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Owners are overall decent people and promote a positive environment. They work hard as well which motivates other staff to continuously work hard. My branch had great cohesiveness with all employees, who always pitched in to help each other out. Great place to gain experience,

    Cons

    They don't promote movement upwards, they take advantage of eager employers. Are dictated by insurance standards and guidelines, so it is a constant battle for referrals, reimbursement, patient collection, & overall income.

    Advice to Management

    Provide regular guidance as opposed to becoming overbearing when referrals are low. Provide marketing materials instead of relying on your underpaid sales reps to design, approve through you, then finally order.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Love it here!"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clinical Research Advantage full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I started working as a research assistant at Clinical Research Advantage about 8 months ago and I couldn't be happier with my decision to join this fast growing company. When I was hired I was told that I would have a lot of opportunity for growth and that is aspect I have been able to experience first hand in just my little time here so far. It hasn't even been a year and I am already transitioning into a higher role! The management has been great with training me to reach my full potential and all of my co-workers have turned into some of my closest friends. I really love the culture and I can't see myself working anywhere else!

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of too many cons besides the fact that I have experienced a couple changes as they have continued to grow. If you are someone who can't handle change or doesn't like trying new strategies for success this might not be the company for you. Since I started working with them they have already acquired one large clinical research company and I think they bought out another company pretty recently.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe more incentives for employee referrals.


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