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Updated April 18, 2019
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  • "Maintaining a work life balance is difficult" (in 82 reviews)

  • "No work-life balane, low salaries" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Great colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Account Development Manager
    Former Employee - Account Development Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional group of colleagues that encourage each other

    Cons

    Not really any except that average salary seems low.


  2. "Good Clinical Research Experience"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is pretty good. Great co-workers, great team leader. Good office space. Good salary. Awesome that they hire fresh out of college grads.

    Cons

    Management can sometimes be unfair in who they promote. Your entire future career is in the hands of one person. Job security is lacking. I don’t recommend being in the CRC position for more than a year (max two) because of the huge (and often boring) workload. During the study, everything is dependent on you so even if you make a small mistake, you will be blamed harshly. Makes sense for issues regarding patient safety and data, but otherwise small irrelevant issues shouldn’t be a huge deal as they often make it out to be. There isn’t much advancement other than being a research team leader which will require you to work almost 24/7. This position is generally not worth it and I recommend being a clinical data associate at PPD instead. That is the best entry level job position in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Help the teams manage the workload better or work on hiring more people. Take care of your employees who are talented and care a lot about their work. Don’t let them get burned out and then complain that they are not working hard enough . A lot of the processes at the clinic are not efficient and end up taking more time. Simplify processes and distribute the tasks better. Have better operating systems so literally everything is not dependent on email. Fix the printers so they actually work.

  3. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Finance Operations Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Finance Operations Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Work can get to be repetitive


  4. "Good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Associate Group Leader in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Group Leader in Middleton, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PPD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible work hours. Managers seem to care about the employees.

    Cons

    Lower paying than similar jobs in the biotech industry.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work for large company"

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    Former Employee - Manager, Clinical Data
    Former Employee - Manager, Clinical Data
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, opportunities for growth, interesting work

    Cons

    Home-based can feel isolating, all home-based training, could benefit from meeting colleagues in person


  6. "Very relaxed. They allow us to be autonomous with our time and responsibilities."

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely relaxed culture. Full contol over my work.

    Cons

    Lack of power; you are the bottom of the totem pole. You also receive less benefits due to being a contract worker on site.


  7. "Thinking of coming back"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Wilmington, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPD full-time

    Pros

    Great people for working environment

    Cons

    Slow growth path for senior personnel

    Advice to Management

    more advancement opportunities

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning for Project Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Project Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Project Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Schedule flexibility
    - Relaxed work environment
    - Great learning experience

    Cons

    - High turnover
    - Little room for promotion
    - Low pay

    Advice to Management

    High turnover rate due to Project Assistants leaving company to pursue better pay


  9. "Very good company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PPD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They have an excellent training program. I enjoyed a lot working with very good and professional people. Good benefits.

    Cons

    I had some trouble to find work/life balance because of the travel time required as a CRA.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep good employees by giving them good and competitive incentives.


  10. "I really love this company!"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician
    Current Employee - Research Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PPD part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience to add to your resume.

    Cons

    Don’t start out at full time very often.