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EMMES Corporation Reviews

Updated January 13, 2018
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Pros
  • Work-life balance has been great (in 6 reviews)

  • Company strives for employee satisfaction with great benefits and flexibility for remote access (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Middle and upper management micromanage your work (in 4 reviews)

  • The company has done its best to take everything interesting out of the clinical trial formula (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Data Manager/Protocol Cooridnator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMMES Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people that work there are probably the greatest pro-- everyone is so nice and friendly. The work is diverse so you never get bored and are always challenged to think critically.

    Cons

    Emmes is a statistical focused company, so if you don't have a background in statistics, your career opportunities are limited. Compensation is not the best. Lack of standardization-- there is a lot of "reinventing the wheel" unnecessarily.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder on standardization and promote more people with non-statistical backgrounds. Also, change the job titles since they are not really cohesive with industry standards.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "While management trains staff to follow leadership training, they rarely, if ever, follow it themselves."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMMES Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flex time for family. 401K and profit sharing is excellent. Stability of work for many years is almost certain. Good job if you want to keep your head down and just work. Leave work at work.

    Cons

    Management doesn’t have a clue how to manage as they are made of statisticians, not leaders. They have been through training but fail to follow the rules they learned. In addition, there is no clear path for advancement unless you manage to impress the right people, and even successfully completing your tasks does not guarantee you a promotion or a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to respect your employees by listening to their desires and wants. Follow the ethics and leadership skills you profess to believe in. Have the difficult conversations you are afraid of and stop avoiding issues. Walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Data Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Manager in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Data Manager in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMMES Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Provide internal clinical trials training.

    Cons

    Managers do not provide sufficient training but are annoyed when you ask too many questions. The company also pays below industry standard but has employees doing the job of two people. People are moved between tasks like pawns on a chessboard.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they are worth.


  4. "Administrative Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMMES Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company strives for employee satisfaction with great benefits and flexibility for remote access.

    Cons

    Can really say there is anything negative about the company. With some increased growth we have gone through some growing pains but that is to be expected and the company is always looking to make improvements.


  5. "SAS programmer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EMMES Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good training and entry level career.

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower end as compared to the market.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Protocol Monitor (DM/PM)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DM/PM (Protocol Monitor) in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - DM/PM (Protocol Monitor) in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMMES Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great for entry monitors, since the company has an excellent training program.

    Cons

    Most staff members have the job title of DM/PM, but that encompasses different roles. Some are actually CRAs others are strictly regulatory specialists or data managers.

    A lot of DM/PM s have leadership and supervisor roles without noted leveling. It is not uncommon for a DM/PM to manage a group of 12 other DM/PM s but the title is the same

    Advice to Management

    Titles matter to employees and should reflect what type of job the person does

    DM/PM s frequently have to manage other DM/PM s without management training and are sometimes not suited to to the task.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Poor management, but a great place to get experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMMES Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Proximity to Rockville Metro and bus transportation. Proximity to Rockville Square. Health insurance benefits are good. Casual dress work environment. Additional office opened up in Frederick, MD.

    Cons

    Deep down I believe Emmes is a good company and the products it offers to its clients are good. However, if you work at the Rockville office you will probably run into the following types of issues:
    NEPOTISM: there are tons of people who are related to each other in this company!!! This has been problematic for employees who get caught in the middle of family fights.
    POOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE: It's not unheard of for employees to be handed more projects than they can manage and it can create arguments between you and your PI (who wants to bid you on yet more projects). The company is growing more quickly than some employees can deal with.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management: the work your employees do day in and day out can be adversely affected by permanent fixtures who have no need to change their management style or drive to improve the employee-supervisor work relationship. The downside is that you lose brilliant minds who have something to offer Emmes as it continues to grow and reach new heights.

  8. "Wonderful Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at EMMES Corporation full-time

    Pros

    growing company with new opportunities along the way

    Cons

    growing from a small business to a large business is a healthy challenge


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Need to change their management structure.."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMMES Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and work/life balance culture

    Cons

    There can be a mix of team leads, project managers, directors, vice presidents within the same project - and it can get very confusing when working on a day to day basis in terms of what your tasks and goals are. You have to find out yourself on where to get answers and not sure who to listen to in the end. They also need to change their decision making process when it comes to employees and their current positions or changing positions within the company. It isn't fair for one person to make a certain decision for an employee when they haven't worked with the particular individual on a day to day basis. Also, mind you, this isn't your typical CRO. This is a company founded by statisticians and stick to old fashion processes and tend to stay away from innovation and open minded ideas. They are far behind from how CROs are trending today. Regardless of how much research experience you have - they will not value it. HR also is horrible. They do not respond to e-mails or phone calls in a timely fashion. This company also praises for employees who either have a PhD, MD or Masters. If you have anything below that - good luck with getting respect.

    Advice to Management

    Change the the way Management works and listen to your employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Food resume padding"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMMES Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As many have said, this is a good place to gain experience. Co-workers are typically friendly and willing to help. Never feel obligated to work more than an 8 hour day here. Office is close to the metro.

    Cons

    The most common complaint heard around the office is "underpaid," possibly due to having primarily government (NIH) contracts rather than pharmaceuticals. Initial training can feel condescending and like you have never had a job before, regardless of your prior experience. There is no consistency/standardization between projects so everyone has different processes and uses different systems. The company's in-house systems frequently have issues and are inefficient but the company does not want to lose the contract so they force us to continue to use poorly designed software. Employee website is horrible to navigate. PTO and sick days are accrued and there are fewer holidays than I've ever had at previous jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize some processes across projects, re-evaluate the pay scale, get new software.


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