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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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Pros
  • The work/life balance is the best that I have experienced in my career to date (in 62 reviews)

  • Allowed to work from home 4 times per month (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work/life balance teamed with lack of managerial support makes it hard for staff to stay with the company (in 29 reviews)

  • Upper management was overly strict with a job that can be done from home (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Over Worked, Under Paid, Setup for Failure......."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice PTO package as well as a flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Over worked and under paid. Awarded projects are underbid therefore all the worker bee's are drowning in work. No support from management and lead staff. Expectations too high considering how under staffed and under paid everyone is. Phase 4 department is a joke with its fake leadership and inexperience in bidding for future projects. If you want to work an eight hour day and be busy from the time you get in to the time you leave, to still find that what you have done was not good enough or unacceptable, please work for PRA International.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff. If you can meet project goals and objectives, hire and don't be cheap. Don't let your current employees suffer and make them feel like failures


  2. Helpful (5)

    "who are they trying to fool, you? hard to imagine worse jobs"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Multiple in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Multiple in Charlottesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Internal career advancment between departments good, unless you are trying to advance to become a functional or project manager - those are typically hired externally. Advancement within a department is not very common. Fair salary but not great, you will only get paid the minimum to keep you in your current position. Relatively large PTO is the biggest plus with the ability to use it.

    Cons

    Inept and belittling line manager and lack of daily leadership, infighting among departments, horrendous work environments created rolling down from many higher level managers lack of respect for employees at levels underneath. Culture of driving employees through punishment and not reward. Advancing within one department is a rare thing. Overworked and stressful at most levels, from directors to specialists in operations, you are either feeling forced to work long hours or have given up and punching the clock 9-5 akin to hourly earners.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Frustrating and a waste of energy and time"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contracts Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Contracts Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great
    PTO is pretty fair
    Nice xmas party
    Seems like each department is run uniquely- some departments are better than others.

    Cons

    Lack of administrative and equipment support ( ex: budget negotiators weren't given proper equipment to do their jobs, i.e. a calculator!)
    No training and high turnover so you are thrown onto poorly-run studies and constantly putting out fires you didn't create.
    Horrible communication between executive management, middle management and those on the ground.
    No transparency, bad aura.
    It is clear that executive management believes that monkeys could do the work, so you are easily replaceable.
    Back-stabbing and gossip run rampant, so better make sure your managers like you.
    Promotions and raises are hard to come by and are completely political and subjective (not merit-based).
    One of the most demoralizing places I have worked- no recognition for going above and beyond, no real incentive to do better, and a lack of respect toward employees.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees and give them a reason to work hard for you. Treat people like crap and work is always going to suffer and good people are going to leave.
    There are good people who work under you. I'm sure you don't know it. But if you actually supported employee professional growth, you'd be much better off down the road when you are looking for a buyer.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Ghost town: Mass exodus of key stake-holders, hiring freeze, unhappy employees, empty offices/cubes, employees on edge!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, breakfast every Friday, and nice office space.

    Cons

    ZERO accountability for management and lack of flexibility! If your manager is kissing the right (rear end) or making his/her boss look good, it doesn't matter how he/she treats you. It's a shame to feel forced to leave an otherwise decent job because of managers who are allowed to bully employees! This company purports to being big on Work/Life balance but employees no longer enjoy the flexibility that we once had! You are coerced into using PTO for practically every 30 minutes that you're not at your desk! This company also used to allow work from home privileges; however, that has dissolved. Pucker Up: This is a company where only kissing the right (rear ends) pays off and bullying/poor managers aren't held accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the people you allow to manage others!!! Offer employee surveys - at least "pretend" that you're interested in hearing employee's concerns. You're losing talented people in droves!


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Sad to see so many people leaving!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Keurig Coffee System - yummy coffee at your fingertips!
    Great Christmas Party
    Monthly activities for employees

    Cons

    Managers are power hungry
    Lack of flexibility
    Not family friendly work environment
    Inept bonus plans
    Good Ol' boy system at work
    Merit increases unfairly distributed

    Advice to Management

    follow the path of the turnover and it will lead to managment issues - severe, unaddressed, management issues. in many cases, managers have full power over who gets promoted, who gets salary increases, and how merit is distributed. In my department, there were gross salary inequities and those issues were raised, but ignored. there were numerous complaints about our manager's lack of flexibility and harsh and unpredictable attitude and communication style...again, that was ignored. Employees are frustrated and fed up to the point that they are leaving in extremely high numbers.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Terrible Company to Work For"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Coffee and Free Gross Breakfast on Fridays [for fat loving southerners!]

    Cons

    1) Very poor management at all levels
    2) Many Napoleons & Hitlers running the company
    3) CEO non-existant and hires his friends in UK as consutants, not very ethical
    4) No understanding of work life balance at all
    5) Discrimination and harrassment in many depts within the organization
    6) HR dept. non-existant
    7) Too many chiefs and Indiana are treated like dirt
    8) Unethical behavior by management very acceptable
    9) Stay away from this sinking ship!

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and smell the coffee that you serve so freely!


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Stay away"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good vacation package
    good insurance
    good salaries

    Cons

    Employees are poorly treated, with no family/work balance. Very arrogant management that think they know everything and consulting companies are the holly grail. Many good people have left the company and still no one cares, employees (especially good ones) are thought of as replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at how you are leading this company, your people are your MOST valuable asset.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "incompetent bullying managers supported by HR"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    can meet some nice people below the level of management

    Cons

    Managers are selected depending on social connections not competence. These managers then go on to micromanage, selecting arbitary rules that are applied to those out of favour (have openly stated their issues) whilst blatantly breaking the rules themselves. HR protects bullying managers, going to extraordinary lengths which in the end make them look ridiculous and all credibility and respect is lost from the top down. There is also a subtle culture of age discrimination, those reaching a certain age start to have 'performance issues' that are manafactured by said micromanagers, backed up by HR forcing people out of work.

    Advice to Management

    go somewhere else!


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible management and "mean girl" environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Corporate facilities are very nice, company events scheduled (only for corporate employes) throughout the year, good benefits

    Cons

    Very poor management on all levels. On-site corporate employees are valued while those in the field are under-valued and over-worked. Merit increases have been stripped away and the environment reminds me of high school, rumor and innuendo are rampant and upper-management is just as much a part of it (including HR/Recruiting who should know better)

    Advice to Management

    Spend less money on catering breakfast every Friday and expensive corporate lunches and more on rewarding individual performance.

    PRA Health Sciences Response

    May 30, 2013 – Talent Acquisition

    We appreciate your feedback and comments. We value our employees and will take this into consideration as we continuously work to improve our organization.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Run fast don't look back"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people
    Good benefits
    Good sponsors
    Planned activities for employees are good

    Cons

    Company not run well at the top
    Going public to reduce the debt of ridiculous overspending
    Need to replace the CEO
    There is no career advancement
    HR does not listen to all the employees that are quitting
    VP of IT needs to go!


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