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"Some are unprofessional and love to show that they are above you all the time."

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Former Employee - Not Very Nice!
Former Employee - Not Very Nice!
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

Good benefit package.
Great training and classes.

Cons

Depending on the project you work for, might be stuck with the wrong people.
Your concerns are always disregarded if you are a DM.

Advice to Management

Listen to the employees, especially DMs and their concerns.

Other Employee Reviews for EMMES Corporation

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company, Ok Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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.

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