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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated November 17, 2018
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
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Pros
  • "Work life balance and my manager" (in 90 reviews)

  • "Ample vacation time and work from home privledges begin after 6 months of employment" (in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • "PRA tries very hard to ensure work-life balance, but this is still challenging in CRO environment" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Upper management on studies could benefit from being more organized but overall fair management" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Love it!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CRA I
    Current Employee - CRA I
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits: medical, stock options, 401k with match, tuition reimbursement, PTO time is good. Super learning opportunities through company online courses and webinars.

    Cons

    No carryover of PTO to next year, always trying to take it, but leave some in case of illness, emergency, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Carryover for PTO, more visibility to in-house advancement.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Just love the company! The work-life balance is amazing and what I was looking for. Breakfast on Fridays is a plus and all the activities the company does are so fun. My job is easier than in other companies and there is a lot of team work involved

    Cons

    I don't see any Cons

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, great innovative aim

    Cons

    It was a large organization - fairly difficult to navigate.


  4. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working remote policy and thats about it

    Cons

    Manager, pay increases, work in general


  5. "Overworked"

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    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun employee activities to keep morale up

    Cons

    Expected time & a half work without time & a half pay for 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Believe people when they say they can't take the stress anymore. They will leave.


  6. "In-House CRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good management and good work/life balance

    Cons

    All work is based/reviewed by a metrics system


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Company Has Changed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Culture, coworkers, free bagels on Friday’s

    Cons

    Company used to have wonderful flexibility and culture but has experienced significant negative change in the past year. Many great employees are leaving and management doesn’t seem to care.

    Advice to Management

    Try to reduce attrition rate of good employees.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Clinical Research Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Blue Bell, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Blue Bell, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was promoted in just a little over a year. The company is constantly aiming to be competitive in technology, work/life balance, and benefits. Working from home, nice laptops and decent benefits are also highlights. PTO and 401k is on par with industry.

    Cons

    Lots of redundant work. Your line manager isn't always told about changes until they are happening and the workers often don't know about any changes until after the fact. Wish we could carry over PTO from year to year, wish that sick time was offered.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to employees. Offer annual increases that are more than 1-2%.


  9. "Great Company with Great Employees"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    comprehensive benefits, ample PTO, 10 company holidays per year, honest leadership, strength of a large organization, and good mission.

    Cons

    large organization can lengthen decision-making time, leadership often makes large restructuring decisions with little input from subordinates.


  10. "This place reels you in and will then spit you out"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Analyst in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free breakfast on Fridays
    Dress code is pretty casual if you are on the bench

    Cons

    Very little coaching and training
    If you ask questions, you are told you don't seem confident. Do your job quietly and you are told you are not friendly
    Lots of back-stabbing
    Lack of space
    Company is growing faster than it can handle and employees are paying for it
    Overworked
    Consistency does not exist
    Instead of providing feedback, the managers will put you in the hot seat when issues are easily fixable if brought to the employee's attention.

    Advice to Management

    There is a reason the turnover is so high. Don't make new hires feel like they are at fault when you make them train under incompetent employees.
    Overtime is necessary, so pay your employees for it.
    Implement a time punch-in and punch-out system so reporting time is accurate.
    Give employees feedback!


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