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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated May 21, 2018
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  • PRA tries very hard to ensure work-life balance, but this is still challenging in CRO environment (in 32 reviews)

  • Upper management on studies could benefit from being more organized but overall fair management (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "CRA 3"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance and my manager.

    Cons

    Need more incentives for the CRAs.

    Advice to Management

    More incentives


  2. "Great company with strong management team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, great PTO policy, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Lots of changes, get used to one way and then have to change

  3. "Proposal Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work -life balance, benefits and management

    Cons

    To date, I have no cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  4. "Sr. Site Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    The embedded FSP structure is better than the CRO model.

    Cons

    Cheat company. Raises are minimal and management are not knowledgeable.


  5. "Lots of talk, never any action"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TMF Coordinator
    Current Employee - TMF Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Typical CRO experience - good industry experience

    Cons

    Management lives in a bubble.
    Very limited ability to help with movement within the company, no movement within the department at all.
    Continual reliance on the same voices for process updates that continuously fail.
    Nepotism has put a unqualified individuals into management positions.
    Outside thoughts or opinions aren't respected regarding process changes or the future of the department.
    Processes, SOPs, and reference materials are created and updated by people who have no experience executing the processes.
    Actively working to phase out the department in a failed, thinly veiled way.
    FMs come across as bullies to direct reports, and several have the feeling of always walking on eggshells around them.
    When you go above and beyond or provide assistance it's immediately invalidated by being called overfunctioning and the actual positive output is never acknowledged.
    Department has moved to being complete micromanaging of direct reports and doesn't allow individuals to exercise their abilities.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people who perform the tasks on a daily basis.
    Don't approach direct reports in a negative/accusatory manner for everything, learn to be diplomatic.
    Take time to listen and understand what is being said, read emails thoroughly and actually process what is being said - you're more interested in what you're going to say than what is being presented, and when we have to repeat things several times it's very unprofessional and wastes time.
    Be consistent with information that is presented across ALL individuals, FMs are inconsistent with their teams and the support/information that is provided.
    Put qualified individuals into positions to succeed, and allow them to make an impact.
    Learn to take constructive criticism as willingly as you are to dish out destructive criticism.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Going downhill"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Director
    Current Employee - Medical Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    nice people doing interesting work

    Cons

    too much work and not enough people to do it. Turn over increasing

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough people for the work you are taking on.


  7. "Finally!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent managerial support, flexible work hours, spot on systems, autonomy, benefits are good, pay is above average and work life balance is actually encouraged!

    Cons

    Global teams can be tricky

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Project Analyst - A great place to start, but..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Analyst
    Former Employee - Project Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and project team members that make good teamwork possible. There are colleagues in different departments that are a pleasure to work with and are a great resource to learn from. Although the learning curve is steep and it takes time, the role is also a good introduction to an analyst career and a helpful stepping stone to other analyst jobs.

    Good PTO, free breakfast on Fridays. Decent healthcare, along with matching 401k plan.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, and stressful workloads/environment in the finance area, at times. Working late is too common. The project workloads have increased while the salary range has not. No bonuses, and lack of promotions within the team. Being talented or excelling at the job usually leads to dealing with more work.

    There’s a severe lack of fostering productive flow within the job. Meetings scheduled with little or no advance warning; emails and messages that require urgent responses are becoming more common; requests to shorten project timelines end up requiring people to stay late.

    When your project team members are not strong enough, or are new to the role/company, analysts have to step up to fill the gaps, causing more work and stress to be put on us. There’s also a lack of good training for many of the project lead roles. Although there is no shortage of work, there is also a lack of growth in improving your skillset or creating improvements because there’s not enough time.

    Advice to Management

    PRA is a great place to start as an analyst, but not a great place to stay because it seems you’re more centered around the profit than the people. You don’t seem concerned enough about the people leaving as long as someone else can fill-in and do the work. Many times, I heard how management sees the analyst role as important to the company, yet when more projects and responsibilities are being added on top of already full workloads, expecting the same (if not better) results, and you can’t find better ways to motivate us (increased salaries, bonuses, etc.), you’re saying that you’re more concerned about the business than the people doing the work. Yes, profits are important to keeping a business afloat, but the employees are also the reason for your success. Being told that PRA had its best year ever but seeing small changes in pay and increases in insurance costs doesn’t make sense either.

    You need to stop being reactive and choose to be proactive. Stop waiting for too many people to leave at once before you make changes. Find ways to provide growth and skill development for employees and do it often. I have seen too many people come in, gain experience, and then leave for healthier and higher-paying jobs. If you really want superior, quality workers time after time, then you need to invest in them and fight to keep them. If you don’t take the time to do this, then more and more people will merely see you as a stepping stone to the better job.


  9. "Medical Monitoring Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mma
    Current Employee - Mma
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, great benefit, amazing people to wok with, career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    NA, I love working here.

    Advice to Management

    Do more training upfront when someone starts the position.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "SMA"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SMA in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - SMA in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, PTO policy, and great workspace

    Cons

    High workload, too many sites to manage, training


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