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EMMES Corporation Rockville Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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Rockville, MD

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Pros
  • You will have a excellent work life balance at the company (in 5 reviews)

  • Great training and learning opportunities (in 5 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. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Programmer/Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Associate Programmer/Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Programmer/Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The work culture is pretty awesome, people here willingly help you. Great opportunity to develop yourself.

    Cons

    At times the work load is too much but everything is manageable if you're prepared in advance.

    Advice to Management

    The new hire training program has a room for improvement.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good Company, Ok Job"

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    Former Employee - Protocol Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Protocol Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Employer seems to care about employees
    Excellent training and growth opportunities

    Cons

    Frankly, the protocol specialist role is boring. While the trials being conducted can be on the cutting edge of technology, clinical trial management is geared towards ensuring these trials are conducted ethically and according to regulations - in other words maintaining the status quo. It's a very necessary role in society, just not one that is suited to everyone. Workflow can move at snails pace, except at the beginning or end of a trial.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Highs and Lows"

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    Current Employee - QA Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - QA Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMMES Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company seems to value work/life balance, and my manager makes a concerted effort to ensure her team takes time to take care of themselves, despite the high pressure environment.

    Your opportunities are what you make of them. Plenty of management are academic in nature, so it's really on employees to make the most of their career and take charge of their learning and training. Personally, I like the opportunity to pair with my coworkers in crosstraining, but you really have to take the initiative, most management isn't going to goad you into action.

    The retirement program is the most generous I've seen, especially when I compare it to much more profitable "big pharma" and larger CROs I've worked for previously.

    Tuition reimbursement is excellent, and the company and my manager emphasize continued learning/improvement.

    The company is growing rapidly! Somewhere near 250 employees when I started and well over 600 now! A recent expansion to Frederick, MD made the commute minutes versus hours for 40+ employees, and the company is already planning an expansion at the site.

    Cons

    Negotiate for the highest salary at the time of your final interview. Despite being a profitable company with a robust range of projects in industry and government, even brief comparisons on Glassdoor and Google show salaries are lower than average, and in my experience the performance increases are modest to outright lousy even for employees whom exceed expectations. Supposedly the HR team completed a focused review of salaries, but it appears to have made little difference to most employees outside of the ScD and PhD levels. Turnover is a direct result of competitors and industry roles offering more money for the same or more engaging work. The salary ranges are very broad, so the potential for higher earning is there, but placement within that scale seems arbitrary.

    High turnover is a problem with middle and entry-level staff. The company likes to brag to sponsors/clients about turnover for project staff, but what they're talking about are Project Management and executives. I've observed several entire teams of data managers leave the company because they're actively exploring opportunities for advancement, and putting it simply, in a structured clinical trials management company, opportunities are limited for young professionals. In many cases, a single Data Manager, Protocol Specialist, or Monitor are often assigned to 2-3 projects, which places a lot of stress on the new employees while middle and upper management manage via email and memos...some are REALLY engaged, but as with many companies there are more micromanagers and more seemingly disaffected managers (usually promoted due to longevity) whom are simply going through the motions.

    A management role isn't necessarily a position earned by the ability to manage people or a project, but rather seniority. In some cases, it's very clear that managers are managers simply because they have an advanced degree or, more likely, that they've been there for a decade or more. Most project management/leaders are Statisticians, and some just don't have the soft skills to actively manage their project staff. They're very capable of executing clinical trial management, but aren't necessarily interested in staff development, continuous improvement, or the concept of teamwork. It shows in turnover, and there's a large age gap between newer (millenial) hires and project management...If you're Gen X or Gen Y, you're a unicorn.

    The company is also woefully inadequate at adopting new technology solutions to increase the efficiency of the company. While the Advantage eClinical suite is excellent, other company-infrastructure based programs are just now being investigated at the advent of their 40th anniversary.

    HR employs some 20+ employees, with 3 employees replacing 1 departure and not executing the job nearly as well. Support staff, e.g., Facilities, are almost criminally understaffed, and some departments/projects are bloated. A recent employee was recently counseled for streaming TV on her computer for 3 days straight because no one in the department bothered to engage her and train her on job tasks.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO and Executive VPs are engaged, and need to take a long, hard look at their immediate managers. The passion is there, but the opportunities to learn, grow and advance from entry level positions are stymied by middle management. In many cases the projects are often run by unsung heroes with less than 3 years with the company, particularly Data Managers, while their supervisors or Project Managers won't accept responsibility or are incapable of managingr regulatory requirements, audit preparedness, client satisfaction, and development opportunies.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Data Manager/Protocol Monitor"

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    Former Employee - Data Manager/Protocol Monitor in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Data Manager/Protocol Monitor in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to get your foot in the door. A lot of in-house training which is useful.

    Cons

    I used to think getting recognized was a good thing. I learned at Emmes, that getting recognized just means more mindless work. I would not have cared if I was given more meaningful work, but I had no passion for the work, it was all very tedious, and I was ready to pull my hair out by the end of the work-day. After handling the workload of 2 people for a whole year, I was rewarded with a sub-par raise (something like 2.4%). That was my sign to look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Give your hard-workers some decent raises or plenty of other companies will.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "QA Specialist"

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    Current Employee - QA Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - QA Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work place flexibility for teleworking

    Cons

    Salaries are not always competitive

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMMES Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing worth pointing out to you

    Cons

    Just stay clear of this place

    Advice to Management

    try managing for once


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Too much work, enough employees"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at EMMES Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Depending on your supervisor, you may have flexible work hours between 6AM-10PM. Most of the people here are friendly, albeit stressed out from work.

    Cons

    People are constantly leaving the company. On top of that, they are already working more contracts than they have people hired for, so everyone is assigned at least 2-3 times as much as they should be able to handle. Deadlines naturally feel inappropriately fast because of the workload, everyone is stressed out. The company culture is to be constantly busy and stressed.

    For programmers/aspiring software developers, this is a dead end. You won't learn many skills applicable to any other developer job. I'm really more of a glorified IT support person.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people! If you have so much money from all these contracts, where is it going? Clearly not to hiring more people to reduce the workload on your current employees.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Data Manager/Protocol Monitor"

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    Current Employee - Data Manager/Protocol Monitor in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Data Manager/Protocol Monitor in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMMES Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary is enough to pay one's bills. Can start in the company with no experience. Benefits are acceptable. Close to metro station.

    Cons

    Emmes is the office equivalent of McDonald's, but for clinical research. Work is doled out like it was on a conveyor belt. Beware, this is not really clinical research, it is information technology work. The company has done its best to take everything interesting out of the clinical trial formula. One spends 30% of time doing work, the other 70% documenting it. Middle management changes often. Outside sponsors make demands and workers have no power to respond. Lots of wasted time and very, very, very tedious. If you do gain any skills, they are nominal. Only work here if you have to.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap your business model, it only works for corporate and winning bids. Hire half the number of data managers, but pay them twice as much. Put a cap on middle managers handing projects off to each other. People here run after the newest disease areas. Have more QC and regulation on middle managers and you wouldn't need so much on new staff.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Management needs work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Manager/Protocol Monitor in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Data Manager/Protocol Monitor in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start with no experience.

    Cons

    Management is clueless. They don't understand that you have to work to keep your employees. Eager to learn employees become complacent and lose motivation within a year once all the micro managing and lack of reward set in.

    On the scale of CROs. Emmes is way behind. Especially when you go beyond domestic trials. Inexperienced in more than one way.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees. Show that you value them...if not you are sure to lose them.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Data Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Manager/Protocol Monitor in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Data Manager/Protocol Monitor in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of young, energetic people in a fast paced environment. Everyone is really nice and works well as part of a team. The company has a great training program for new employees.

    Cons

    This company was small, but is growing very fast. The company is trying to develop management infrastructure to support its growth.


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