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MHRA London Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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  1. "Very good place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MHRA as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working style with great people

    Cons

    Government agency so need to adjust to their way of working.
    You need to be in the in-crowd.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "Bullying is terrible."

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    Former Contractor - Freelancer in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Freelancer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MHRA as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A nice office, a good location by Victoria.

    If you go in to a good division, for example Finance, IMD or Devices, there is a good atmosphere and culture

    Cons

    Bullying is quite common in the MHRA - particularly at director level - and doesn't seem to be dealt with. You can see this from the other reviews as well.

    I saw one director verbally abusing IT staff because he was in a temper because he had failed to save a document (the entire office heard his rant), so he spoke in a very aggressive way to the IT support.

    Advice to Management

    Deal with bullying behaviors effectively, and stop directors doing it as it sends out a signal that this is okay!

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible experience. Bullying and nasty and would never recommend it to anyone"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location if you get the train to Victoria - straight out of the back of the station and only couple of minutes walk
    Building is nice
    Very difficult to think of any pros

    Cons

    Paternal and backward management
    Not willing to tackle problems
    No reward for working really long hours and going above and beyond what was required. It was a really awful experience working there which caused me to be ill

    Advice to Management

    Sort yourselves out


  4. Helpful (4)

    "CPRD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MHRA full-time

    Pros

    You work within the agency. Civil service pension

    Cons

    I felt that there was an absolutely terrible atmosphere, and perceived a real "if your face fits" mentality. In my opinion promotion was not based on merit. I am aware of a lot of people that left as a result of the atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    The SMT need to take a hard long look at what is going on and work out why people are leaving.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "EO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MHRA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good on the CV. Government bonuses. Flexible working hours. Pay is quite good. Location and transfer ability of skills. Wide variety of work mates and educations.

    Cons

    Temporary contract so no job security. seems as if there is little to no ability to climb the ladder to better employment opportunities.


  6. "Nice environment to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, nice colleagues, benefits, central place

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, politics, no salary raise, difficult to be promoted without connections


  7. "Interesting"

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    Current Employee - Senior Inspector in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Inspector in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, holiday, variety, able to build experience quickly and understand how decisions and interpretations of regulations are made, opportunities to cross train

    Cons

    Lack of pay rises, workload can be high, working for civil service can be frustrating when it comes to changing processes.

  8. "MHRA Assessor"

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Assessor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Assessor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The role makes an active and positive contribution to public health. Dealing with the leading edge of medical science. Very dedicated staff with a wide range of clinical, non-clinical, statistical and scientific expertise. The organisation has very high ethical standards. Its very interesting and varied work.

    Cons

    Very few, there is flexible working and they are a benign employer. The pay and benefits are less than in industry. There is career progression from assessor to acredited assessor to senior assessor and after that there are a few expert positions or management roles. You will be working for the "bureaucracy" so expect it to be bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    The management team do a good job and are approachable, but as part of the Civil Service they have limited opportunity to change the pay and conditions and this is generally recognised within the organisation. They have removed many of the impediments that prevent the Asessor just getting on with the job of assessing the medicines, this was a good thing and should be continued.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Former MHRA employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MHRA full-time

    Pros

    Is a world leader in ensuring that medicines are safe.

    Good global reputation.

    Cons

    High volumes of workloads and responsibilities.

    Low staff morale.

    Lack of developing potential.

    Advice to Management

    Employ effective management and encourage a good work life balance.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "MHRA"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientific Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientific Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits
    Culture
    Career progression
    Excellent name
    Ability to learn a lot
    Funding further education

    Cons

    Central London based office
    Hard to travel too

    Advice to Management

    More working from home (2 days a week) makes happier empolyees


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