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Pharmaceutical Product Development Richmond Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible and good work life balance (in 47 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home was nice (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • Not a lot of work life balance sometimes (in 55 reviews)

  • No Work life balance, work during week end (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "PPD is a great place to work, with flexible hours in a professional analytical lab."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most associates are aged 22-30 at bench level, which makes a friendly work environment. Hours are flexible, with reasonable PTO and OT pay. Excellent opportunity to develop graduates.

    Cons

    Pay is less than industry average, and depending on how productive you are (or company oriented) it like any place can limit your promotion potential.

    Advice to Management

    Learning curve early is steep and many analysts feel under-prepared for significant responsibility. Communication and assistance are key to strengthening bench level analysts.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Associate Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Entry Level Experience, Friendly Coworkers, Great for a first job out of collegem but don't get stuck!

    Cons

    Pay much less than industry standard

    Advice to Management

    Value your laboratory staff, there would be less turn around if they weren't treated like they're disposable.


  3. "Quality Control Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Quality Control Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Quality Control Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, Mindless, Benefits are okay, fairly stable company

    Cons

    Lack of training, advancement and the pay is not very good


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  5. "Decent for Entry Level"

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, relaxed atmosphere, secure job

    Cons

    Hard to climb the corporate ladder

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice company, great location, decent pay for entry level position, overtime

    Cons

    High school environment; co-workers will talk behind you back, long hours, if you are minority, they all fire you VERY easily, so WATCH OUT!


  7. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer a Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    It is hard to move up


  8. "Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PPD was a great company to work. They offered great benefits. They also had many events during the year where they showed how much they appreciated each employee.

    Cons

    They did not pay as well as some other companies. That is my only Con with PPD. Otherwise they are a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Most managers at PPD are nice. They as well as the scientist are under time constraints to meet project deadlines. Things can get stressful at times. However, the managers just need to continue to value the hard workers.


  9. "Associate Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and reasonable opportunities to progress.

    Cons

    Employees are not utilized to their full potential


  10. "Assistant Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    PPD laboratory operations provide an excellent place for individuals to develop skills and become a more educated researcher. Hours are flexible and the work environment is upbeat and friendly.

    Cons

    I do not have any negative perspectives of this company or the work performed.


  11. "I like working for PPD because of good boss and coworkers."

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working under a great boss is always a plus. She is understanding, gives recognition on my work, and she is open and laid back. Overall, workload is fair. I got to learn so many different techniques here.
    Overall, I like my work environment due to amazing boss and good coworkers.

    Cons

    You will have to perform where you want to be promoted into. Promotion will not happen unless you are already pulling that weight.



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