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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  • VERY HIGH workload, no work life balance (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Laid back"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment - flex time allows you to start when you want as long as you are present for core work hours. casual work environment can be a negative at times

    Cons

    Training not thorough enough. Veteran employees seem to be completely overloaded with work which they are unable to pass on to newer employees because of lack of training

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time training so work can be distributed to more employees


  2. "BioTech and Databases"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Too few competent staff. Too worried about coffee. They sit on a lot of important information but just won't share their dirty little secrets.

    Cons

    These people are fire-proof. You can't fire them. No matter how bad they are. Its engrained in the system.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about your State of "TX Retirement - but that is the bottom line for you guys. Typical Gov't Employees. You could care less about those who walk-thru your doors. They are really a pain in your rear.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away unless you want to work 70+ hours per week"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Wilmington, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are ppl in place to try to make the Finance Department better, developing guidance, coming up with training and trying to decrease errors.....the biggest goal they have for 2016.

    Cons

    However, the Executive management in place is beholden to the bank that owns the company and they only want more money so have slashed admin costs by putting shared service centers in Bulgaria and Philippines and has hard as they try to make that work, it doesn't. Very big errors each month. Unfortunate.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the Executive management and bring in ppl that know how to run a CRO. The ppl there now are clueless. They only want to retain staff if they are revenue producers, but admin workers matter to and a big part of the company. Experience matters, finance/accounting new hires will not learn this job in 5 minutes and yet you cut out an entire office that had the most experience in the name of consolidating processes, however, you might have had more ppl in place before you dropped 14 ppl No one cares about ping pong tables and coffee bars, they want to do good work and get recognized and be able to go home to their families at a reasonable time but that seems to be lost on Executive management. When I started here this was a dream job, now it is a nightmare and everyone is looking to bail.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "PPD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Analyst in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good environment and people to work with

    Cons

    Low compensations and growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    promote up from the inside of the company prior to looking for outside hires


  6. "Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities, if you push for them.

    Cons

    Pay and politics can be a problem. Senior management can be oblivious to everything happening within the lab.

    Advice to Management

    Fight for your analysts. The ones below you are the ones that help the company stay prosperous.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly good place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Wilmington, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall a reasonable place to work. PPD provides a good work life balance, professional atmosphere, free coffee, volunteer opportunities. Food trucks on site.

    Cons

    Employee experience is closely related to managers. I found that Employees are treated as disposable, and there was very little growth opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the skills of existing employees.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good opportunity to get into Industry- Rampant incompetent upper management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training program and good opportunity to get into clinical research if you have no previous experience. Lots of great people work here and you can make good connections. Generous paid time off and health benefits.

    Cons

    Very bad pay, way below market rate. Lots of incompetency and you have to work a lot harder and longer hours because of it. Dysfunctional team dynamics where you can't leave work until the rest of your team no longer needs help. There is always something to do and so you end up spending your whole life at work because some team members are happy to drag out their work and work inefficiently so that they can get paid overtime. The problem with this is that the efficient workers have to pay the price for lazy team members. Some Team Leaders are very competent and others are terrible which reflects poorly on upper management for not having enough insight and skill in choosing correct candidates to fill these roles. Thus, ego gets in the way of admitting fault in poor Team Leader choices which isn't helpful to improve teams and business. Subjects are treated with indignation and disrespect by most team members and are victims of late pay checks and bureaucratic as well as clinical mishaps. The Project Managers with exception of two are completely and shamefully incompetent. They are the laziest of all PPD employees. They are the first to get complacent and too comfortable in their positions and start to slack off. Say goodbye to your life outside of work because you'll be pulling 15 hour shifts with no appreciation and you might work until midnight one night and be scheduled to come in a 6am the next morning. Team Leaders are bad schedulers and do not care a great deal about their teams. My TL once demanded me to drive into work at 5:30am one morning against the weather advisory board due to severe icy road conditions. That morning there were hundreds of car accidents. I risked my life due to a crazy TL with no care about the safety of her team members.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more wisely and listen to complaints from team members without letting ego get in the way of acknowledging poor choices and judgement. Weed out lazy Clinical Coordinators that are using the system to get overtime pay by dragging out their work load and working inefficiently which in turn negatively impacts the lives and work of the other team members. Pay more respect to your subjects. They make the business lucrative and they risk their health for your studies to run so cut the attitude and disrespect. Give more opportunity for technicians and SRTs to come down to the clinical teams. Nobody knows the clinic like they do and they work hard so give the the opportunity. Promoting within is always a good idea. Upper management should fight to increase wages for their employees. PPD Phase I in Austin had a great deal of turnaround in loss of employees last year who left to better paying companies with better hours. PPD is slowly falling behind in ranking for CROs due to the reputation of incompetencies of the staff and slow turn around for study completion and lack of quick data turnaround. Wake up cause there's real competition out there and there are many more competent CROs doing a better job out there with more professional employees that are happier. Complacency is PPDs worst fault. It is rampant in the staff and overall company dynamics. Complacency leads to mistakes and stagnation. Get rid of your lazy Project Managers in the Clinical Department.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Newly hired"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Nurse Consultant Medical Communications in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Nurse Consultant Medical Communications in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    Excellent training and professional environment, good people to work with

    Cons

    Very low starting pay , and no raise or bonus for 16 months


  10. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot to learn, valuable experience

    Cons

    Work-Life balance, Relative Low pay


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Fair, typical science job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strict structure if you are into that
    The pay was salaried, but you have the perks of leaving at 4:30
    Good location

    Cons

    I worked as a scientist, and it was impossible to exceed expectations. Your job was to do science without any errors. If you committed an error, you got strikes against your raises/bonuses. If you were perfect, you 'met expectations'.
    science in general has a glass ceiling. Don't expect a masters degree to get you more than a $2/hr increase over your peers.

    Advice to Management

    Workers get disgruntled immediately when they think things are unfair. I don't think PPD is unfair, it was a pretty standard, medium turnover workplace. Workers will get disgruntled eventually when they realize that they can't go anywhere or get an appreciable salary increase because they are told they can't 'shine'. Perhaps offer some more opportunities to go above and beyond.



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