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Premier Research Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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Pros
  • A lot of good people to work with and good amount of PTO (in 8 reviews)

  • There are some really great people there (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Since the last major change in upper management, this company really tries hard to cut corners (in 10 reviews)

  • They employ Clinical Managers who have never monitored before which means they don't know many of the basic monitoring 101 rules (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "The company has focused too much on the buy and build strategy and not enough on nurturing the talent on hand."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sick and vacation time are all under on umbrella, thus for those not sick often they do not "lose" time that wouldn't be used. The ability to carry over greater than 40 hours of vacation time is also a plus. The office atmosphere is very relaxed and they dress code casual. Camaraderie among veteran employees is good.

    Cons

    If you are a new hire there is not a good system to integrate you into your team. Rarely do you meet the team members (if regional) and if they are local it takes a long time for them to warm up to you. The company does not contribute to a retirement plan and the benefits are limited. Health care is provided but it continues to rise each year, substantially. Upper management does not communicate to their employees on a regular basis. No career pathing is available and many talented people are leaving to further their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to create clear career paths for employees, create some measurable goals that can be obtained and provide an incentive based annual review.


  2. "Very Dissatisfied"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Coordinator in Marietta, GA
    Former Employee - Data Coordinator in Marietta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was pleased with the benefits package.

    Cons

    Data management was a disaster in 2007

    Advice to Management

    over haul in data management group

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Always wondering who will be let go next...."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations
    Current Employee - Operations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Research full-time

    Pros

    There are truly a lot of bright, dedicated, hard working and genuinely good people working at Premier.

    Cons

    These bright, dedicated, hard working and genuinely good people's work and input is not valued. Schmoozers and bullies are rewarded and promoted- people that tell you to your face that they don't know how to log into software specifc to their department's work function or SR. Management in Finance whose interactions with staff are complained about and their boss says "don't take it personally, she talks that way to everyone". These are the people that are valued. Professionalism or the lack there of starts from the top down. Also, the company is wasteful in spending and will spend money on software and other resources to prop up incompetent staff because they like them or they rolled something out inefficiently that was the manager's idea so they're calling it a success to make themselves look good but then when it's time to cut back, they release the good workers and then just dump their work on the remaining competent staff until they get frustrated and leave.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that will roll up their sleeves and work and who also know how to foster a positive work environment by bringing out the best in people.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Premier Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with a great management team on my assigned project.

    Cons

    Line management was disappointing. They were not interested when it was brought to their attention that one of the managers on the team could not do their job effectively due to lack of knowledge of position. Significant nepotism; one person in high position brought in, multiple others that person knew were then brought in and promotions among those people abounded.

    Advice to Management

    Carefully consider hiring multiple people from the same company.


  5. "Pressure"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love the fact that I get a paycheck bimonthly along with frequent flyer miles and meeting interesting people along the way.

    Cons

    Metrics, metrics, metrics is all I ever hear.

    Advice to Management

    value your employees


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A little fish in a big pond"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Remote working; friendly colleagues; flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Typical CRO culture with a survival mentality. Small minded leadership with limited vision of what excellence looks like.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Immature atmosphere and inexperienced co-workers"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Premier Research full-time

    Pros

    Small environment lends itself to a close relationship with management and co-workers.

    Cons

    Small environment lends itself to "clicks" and unprofessional work relationships. The department in which I worked was also disorganized and underdeveloped. Standard industry practices in my experience there was not being adhered to rather the "Premier way". This practice led to a lot of turnover and inexperienced employee's.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Director"

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

    I have been working at Premier Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get hired. If you need a job apply here. The recruiting process is easy and not well managed.

    Cons

    CEO doesn't get rid of those who need to leave. Hire better and reward those who actually do their work and get rid of those who take credit for others work and do nothing.

    Advice to Management

    C Suite needs some professionalism. Arrogance is not needed or admired.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Was once good but not so much now."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Premier Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits-all except pay. Have worked at the company for quite a while, used to love it. It started out pretty rough but turned into a good company, a company that I enjoyed working for and took pride in my work. It is not that way now and is getting worse.

    Cons

    Over the last couple of years the company has had an influx of new management, it quickly turned into a terrible place to work. No life balance, they expect you to work long hours and keep pushing for more. All for below industry pay. All the talented and knowledgeable employees have left or are leaving. Very little direction from management except to question why nothing gets done, poor leadership. Middle management is full of individuals who have stabbed others to get where they are and the stabbing continues. Listened to recent "state of the company" where the CEO bragged about aggressive sales growth while maintaining the same number of employees. I'm done with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who actually do the work (good work) and provide more resources and employees. At least increase the staff somewhat when sales increase. Provide employees with better work/life balance, show respect to all employees not just the management.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Sr CRA"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior CRA
    Former Employee - Senior CRA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Premier Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Started in 2013 when company promised one to two protocols and 7 days on site. At that time the culture was fairly positive and my LM was very supportive.

    Cons

    The company has drastically changed under new management. CRAs are allocated to many teams (30% to project A, 45% to project B and so on until you are 100% allocated). The problem with this is that each project mgr treats you as if you are allocated 100% to their projects. You constantly have to tell them that you can't do 8 site visits for them when you are only allocated at 25% and have site visits on your other projects too! You are constantly split in many directions trying to juggle demands from many project mgrs. It's nuts! Also, you are now expected to be on site 12 days a month (that's much more than 7!). They're expense report system is very slow so the one day you are in your office is spent doing expense reports for just one week of travel on 3 different projects! The LMs do not have much power over your project mgrs or clinical mgrs. So if you are catching hell from one of the clinical mgrs, your LM can offer little help. Last but not least, your travel is nowhere near regional. Because you are allocated to several projects, you have to go wherever those sites are.

    Advice to Management

    Do not allocate CRAs to more than 2 projects. Invest in a more efficient expense reporting system. Offer leadership opportunities for CRAs that do not want to be a LM. Create mentorship opportunities and lead CRA opportunites. Allow CRAs to run some of the internal training sessions. Try harder to have CRAs be regional. Allow CRAs to increase their salaries. Provide a CRA Feedback to Management program and really listen to what CRAs have to say!


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