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MHRA London Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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  1. "EO"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "CPRD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  3. "Nice environment to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Interesting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "MHRA Assessor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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    "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.


  8. "MHRA"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "employment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great people, great place,interesting work

    Cons

    Commute to London as live in Surrey

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Positive environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Public Health driven, good working environment.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic and too process-focused.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Lovely organisation, terrible Programme Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The organisation as a whole is full of a really diverse mix of people from all backgrounds, giving a really interesting working environment. The project I was working on had some really exciting and "bleeding edge" technology to work with which was great to be a part of.

    Cons

    The biggest downside was the ridiculously negative view of contractors. Unfortunately this wasn't helped by the fact that our programme leadership team (who were also contractors) worked in an extremely unprofessional manner, behaving like bullies and creating a really negative vibe amongst the team. This appeared to stem from them being clearly out of their depth with the scale of work being delivered. A shame as the client gave really positive feedback on our outputs.

    Advice to Management

    Integration of contract teams into the permanent staff teams is crucial to the success of collaborative working. I believe the situation of my project team was unique, but one to learn from given the high churn of resource!


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