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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated January 16, 2019
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  • "Maintaining a work life balance is difficult" (in 81 reviews)

  • "Heavy workload, no work-life balance, demanding requests" (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "The best CRO"

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    Current Employee - CRA in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - CRA in Wilmington, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Relaxed work environment
    Great culture and very inclusive

    Cons

    Salaries aren’t as high as other CROs, but the other benefits definitely make up for it.


  2. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    lots of down time, learn important skills

    Cons

    no raises, hours not guaranteed

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Great management who care about you from your line manager to several levels above. Good opportunities for growth and development, either in your department or cross-departmentally. Really good benefits as well. Work-life balance is improving. Very transparent upper management.

    Cons

    The salary is a little low compared to other companies in the industry. But when you look at your overall package, it's more than what you'd get elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employees about changes they'd like to see.


  4. "Not that Great"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Wilmington, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its a job in a town where finance jobs are not easy to find. Also, co-workers are for the most part great to work with.

    Cons

    No development unless you are a cpa because mgmt is so cheap they dont want to spend money on anything. They only seem to value cpas so dont expect any advancement no matter how many hours you work and you will be worked to death on weekends and holidays. Upper management does not trust anyone who works for them to do their jobs and this effects every level of the company and makes it feel like you are working in 1975. Systems are old and havent really been implemented correctly for company nor upgraded properly so that contributes to ridiculous hours. They are implementing a new system but with the managers they have its likely to be less than optimal as mentioned they will do anything to save a buck.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the c-suite people whose attitudes hold back the company from operating in the 21st century and do not trust people to do their jobs.


  5. "Stay away from Sample Management"

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    Former Employee - Sample Coordinator in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Sample Coordinator in Middleton, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good vacation time and benefits.

    Cons

    Management is bad. backstabbing coworkers, petty drama, most of the associates are looking to get each other in trouble lol. There is poor support from management and morale is very low. Pay is decent compared to jobs in the Madison area but you can do better.

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive and encouraging and once in a while point out something good people do.


  6. "Remote Site Monitor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Amazing training and managers, flexibility, WFH, great benefits

    Cons

    Not the best pay in industry


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company Lacking Market Rate Employee Compensation"

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    Former Employee - CRA in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - CRA in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are lucky to get in a great team i.e. LM, CTM then you will learn and grow with the company. Management supports lateral and/or horizontal career moves within the company. However, pay per performance is undervalued and overstated. Years of experience only counts to those willing to fight for an employee to receive market rate pay. The executives are curious as to how other companies can compensate CRAs at market rate without having major layoffs. One way to control this is to pay market rate compensation, and decrease employee turnover. It is not necessary for employees to move around CROs in order to be compensated accordingly. If you wish to have a stable effect on your bottom line. Start by working to keep those billable, hard working, experienced, CRAs by paying them market rate. Watch how the bottom line and employee satisfaction with the company improves. Companies keep forgetting there real customers, are their billable employees. Without those experienced, committed, and dedicated employees you have no quality in service to provide.

    Cons

    Not willing to figure out how to keep great employees from leaving, due to the employees knowing their worth. The market rates for CRAs must be implemented. Don't bet on the revolving door method...i.e. the CRA leaves then returns with a higher salary and more experience to offer your company. Yet, you offer a 1K salary increase when you rehire them.

    Advice to Management

    Fight to keep your employees compensated according to the market rates. This will help you in meeting your metrics without the frustration of high turnover.

  8. "Good Company to work for/through"

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

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, secure job, lot of opportunities for internal transfers

    Cons

    not very competitive salaries, slow rate of promotions


  9. "Fine for new grads, probably don't bother staying too long"

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    Current Employee - QC Reviewer in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - QC Reviewer in Middleton, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Gets you a job/paycheck right out of college
    -Bonuses
    -Flexible scheduling in some roles
    -Decent PTO, although accrued and harder to take due to recent policy changes
    -Good benefits package for employee only coverage
    -Donut once a month

    Cons

    -Most people seem pretty disengaged at every level- management just can't seem to figure out what we want or won't put into action anything to make it better
    -Raises aren't great
    -Quality Department was disbanded without any plan of action in place
    -Limited mobility within your career path and company overall depending on your department

    Advice to Management

    Quality, and personal responsibility for quality, is severely lacking with the loss of that department. People leave because only certain departments are paid close to fair market value and the rest just languish. You also make it pretty impossible to move around in the company unless it's a lateral move in pay (but more expectations), then let people sit in those roles for years with no advancement.


  10. "Senior programmer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Very slow process to get promoted.