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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated October 17, 2018
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  • "Maintaining a work life balance is difficult" (in 80 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. CRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Overall a great company to work for. Also, the company promotes from within.

    Cons

    As for any company, having a manager that’s not supportive can be detrimental.


  2. "Experience for New Grads"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are willing to hire people right out of school with no experience. New analysts can gain valuable experience on a variety of techniques. Work-life balance is good with flexible hours. Site is well-established so support systems (mostly) work.

    Cons

    Since most hires are new grads, raises and promotions reward only a few who manage to impress, which means self-promotion is at times more important than quality work. If you start right out of school and haven't been promoted within 2 years, use your experience to find a better-paying job in the industry. It is a pretty common pattern at PPD.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring new grads is great, but reward those same new grads once they prove themselves capable. That first promotion often seems the most important even if it isn't that big of a pay jump.

  3. "Sr. Scientists"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    For better prospects and enhancing the growth level

    Cons

    Moving from India with family

    Advice to Management

    Being active to face current criticality , you are working well.


  4. "Employee Retention"

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    Current Employee - Senior Country Approval Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Country Approval Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company takes good care of its employees.

    Cons

    Clinical research can be a high pressure environment.


  5. "Comes Down to Money"

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Wilmington, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the building, environment, attempts at work life balance focus, health programs, activities, disaster responses, paid time for education (1 hour per week).

    Cons

    Pay. Competition in the area pay the same positions 2-4K a year higher at this time. Huge difference for your first “real” job out of school. At the same time, they offer random social items and pop ups more appropriate for grade school in an effort to retain people. I’m sorry, but if you want to keep employees like myself lay off the ice cream and offer more per hour at end of the year evaluations.
    Also, the focus on unpaid training time aka “lunch and learns” where you’re expected to attend and it’s stressed the time is unpaid but it’s an hour of well, work. It’s dubiously legal and incredibly distasteful.

    Advice to Management

    If you want retention, you have to pay or find alternative compensation - not ice cream. Discourage unpaid training time.


  6. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, time off and allowed individuals to make decisions independently.

    Cons

    Lack of information flow from the top. Low compensation compare to competition.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with all employees


  7. "Great place to start out after college"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Can work from home 1 day a week after 1 year, however I think they have changed that policy (really depends on who your manager is), decent pay for a fresh college graduate, work is not micro-managed

    Cons

    My friends at competing CRO's get to choose their own working hours, for example 9am-6pm or 7am-4pm instead of 8am-5pm but I think they are beginning to allow that at PPD to advocate for more work/life balance

  8. "Good place to work fresh out of college"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Good health benefits and retirement. Good time off.

    Cons

    Pay isn’t well at lower levels


  9. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Good management, good benefits, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Not enough interaction with coworkers for those who work from home


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great training for professionals, less so for managers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At the beginning of my career training at PPD was (and still is) awesome. The higher you climb the ladder though, the more you are expected to figure things out on your own. Reliable company both for employees and clients. Great colleagues, many highly competent professionals.

    Cons

    Lack of appetite to innovate. On multiple occasions I've seen PPD dismissing great ideas in favor of continuing to do the same old familiar thing. Patching up processes and systems rather than investing in a more fit-for-purpose solution appears to be the general preference. There are a lot of really competent people in the work force but they're not being heard. The competitions on the other hand ensures to jump on the innovations train as soon as possible and by the time PPD wakes up, they're 2-3 years ahead.
    Senior management has no vision or at least not one that's current to the 21st century.

    Advice to Management

    Talk less about the company's financial goals and invest more in inspiring people. Get people to be excited and proud again to be part of the company, listen. Invest in making day to day tasks easier and you will see the ROI.
    PS: Get real, be authentic, connect with people and be an example of professional/ethical conduct and cultural diversity.


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