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  1. "It's ok not to shabby"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Waitstaff in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Waitstaff in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Retroscreen Virology part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a job you make money

    Cons

    Long hours hot inside place

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyable company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer Liaison Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Volunteer Liaison Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, close team, friendly staff, relaxed environment.

    Cons

    A lot of move arounds and redundancies. Sometimes a bit too close nit, interview process for internal jobs wasn't always necessary. Unfair at times too.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more and value them!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A real mixed bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Retroscreen Virology full-time

    Pros

    The good managers are approachable and friendly.
    The rewards they are introducing.
    They are improving communication.
    The new coffee area is nice.
    The feeling that we are all together striving to common goals seems to be the message and if true and realised gives hope for more improvements with time.

    Cons

    The worry and feelings of instability of the recent changes still persist.
    The worse managers still seem inattentive and unapproachable, with the expectation still you are to immediately jump through any hoop they create.
    There are still a feelings that the blame culture still exists.
    Training can still occur piecemeal.
    The worse part in direct contrast with the last positive comment the feeling can be it is all about the bottom line and may every force on this earth help you if you are contrary to that. Which is were the wariness of the positive comes from.

    Advice to Management

    Still a company of great potential though if that is only for its investors is at times debatable. However if the short term view is to only satisfy them you will lose some of the great people who will provide great dividends in the future.
    Keep up the efforts to improve how you communicate.
    Keep striving to lessen the blame culture, we are after all only human.
    Keep putting the training framework in place. It does really help.


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  5. "support work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barenton-Cel (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barenton-Cel (France)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Retroscreen Virology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    management needs to change for the better

    Advice to Management

    too much favouritsm , nepotism


  6. Helpful (11)

    "From a tiny acorn, a diseased oak...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Retroscreen Virology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Met some good people, who were far too good for the company.
    Central location (unless you're pushed to a different site)
    Working here gets you a sympathy vote from your next employer.

    Cons

    Never had to console crying colleagues at a job until I worked here.
    (At least) Annual restructuring because last years master plan didn't work.
    Management almost outnumbered staff.
    Horrendous HR dept.

    Advice to Management

    Stop agreeing to every ludicrous idea your glorious leader throws at you. grow a pair.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Things can only get better....maybe they are a litlle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinician in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Clinician in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Retroscreen Virology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work this company does is amazing but neither the CMO or the CEO appreciate it, fortunately many of the other staff do so they put their heart and soul into it.

    Cons

    Alas, thats it , the expensive consultants , who bully the rest of the staff run the company, they can't even be bothered to have a proper contract because they are running their other companies. The staff have no trust in the senior management as they, the senior management clearly have no faith in the Company, hence consultancy contracts only. As another reviewer pointed out, shouting and screaming at junior staff (the CMO most notably) is not the way forward, whether in meetings or emails!

    Advice to Management

    Small steps have been made, but there are key people who need to drop their arrogant attitude and actually respect their staff rather than criticise them for everything unless it worked out well and then steal the glory for themselves (to justify their consultancy fee) to the board, namely the CMO


  8. Helpful (7)

    "New name.... same old story"

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

    I have been working at Retroscreen Virology full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues at lower levels are nice & friendly. We support each other through the madness. Without that there is nothing positive to say.

    Cons

    "Senior Management Team" - fancy titles but not sure what they actually "manage"? Just a group of people who have each others backs, won't take responsibility for anything, hide away & attempt to ensure that they are safe / protected from any trouble. Some offices are like little clubs - very them & us! It doesnt get any better the higher up you look.
    Company name change but still the same disorganised bunch making mess of every little thing. Simple errors badly covered up! Attitude seems to be that those at lower levels are fools, not listened to & talked down to. Same old nonesense in every company meeting (we've heard it all before thanks!).
    Any staff worth their salary now gone or in process of finding new jobs.... absolutely no faith in any leaders in the company.
    Time for some of those not worthy of their salary / role to take the hint & get out.

    Advice to Management

    To the CEO & board... find a new leader uninfluenced by anyone inside the company & then leave them to it! Feel free to slam the door on your way out.
    To the senior managers.... whatever the ridiculous titles you now have, try behaving like leaders, step up & stop hiding behind each other.... its become embarrassing to watch.
    One last thing... do not believe the positive reviews on this site, all a attempt from high level people to get some of the "yes" men to put a spin on things after realising what poor reviews they get!!


  9. Helpful (12)

    "A dance with Dementors..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Retroscreen Virology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been with the company just short of two and a half years and know that many of the team leaders are open and passionate not only about their people but also about the work we do. Much of what we do and could do in the future is a real buzz.

    There are some real heroes in the company - easy to spot as they are often in before most and late in leaving but more than anything they are the ones talking to people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately much of the problem sits at the door of the senior management team. The majority appear to be struggling against what is needed and their own individual skills and experience. Rather than listen to advice from others they continue to push ahead like a blinded bull in a china shop in the belief that it will be alright on the night.

    We do need to be clear telling lies to educated and experienced staff tends to fall short of the mark. The CRO and pharmaceutical world does not stop because of Ebola. The expected pipeline has fallen short for some very telling reasons and the senior management need to step up and admit that they took their eye off the ball.

    Mention has been made of HR. "Tarred with the same brush" is a phrase that springs to mind. There are some good people there, sadly the majority hide behind "do not disturb" or "in a meeting" signs and cry workload issues as an excuse for being out of their depth. HR need to be seen and some are actively helping with advice and interview tips.

    Unnecessary spend of expensive consultants who seem to be pushed through for no apparent reason than they are "friends" of senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Unlikely that such advice will be taken as the latest management decision is to block access to this site but here goes:
    1. Loose the offices.
    2. Or loose the office doors - Heads of Departments should be aware of what is taking place not hiding behind closed doors.
    3. Get HR out into the open plan floor -how can you talk to someone behind a door?
    4. Stop telling fibs! Your staff are not that stupid.
    5. Start communicating - You have forums start using them putting out old stories on the weekly edition of "No News" is a waste of time.
    6. Start asking your team managers "what did you achieve last year?". The results could be rather telling.
    7. Stop pulling in expensive consultants - this is not NASA the skill sets required are needed but not at silly fees.
    8. Stop making silly promises - sooner or later and I suspect it will be sooner you will be seeing a mass of resignations having failed to deliver.
    9. Finally don't forget that there are plenty of good companies out there - are you you one of the them?


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not that bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Retroscreen Virology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most people are very nice and great to work with and the company is doing some pioneering work. After reading the negative reviews I felt I had to comment as many are unfair and over emotional due to current restructure. The HR team are unfairly criticised as they have to do the dirty of the senior management as part of their job and their reputation is historical and not based on the team now who are very approachable. I have recently left the Company for personal reasons and was sorry to do so.

    Cons

    Restructure, second in 6 months obviously is not great and senior management have a lot of work to do to build morale and trust back up.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the little people!


  11. Helpful (12)

    "A bunch of bullies starting from the top CEO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free coffee, tv. End of!

    Cons

    Where can I start from..absolutely terrible management, finger pointing, reluctant to take responsibility who blame others for their mistakes. No consistent training, no clear direction. Management, or at least 90% of them, is a bunch of pompous personas and Christ there are so many of them. Bad management is what makes this company bad and some of them will terrorize you until you break down in tears. Yes, they have a unique service to sell but I can only feel sorry for their investors who put their money on a company who does not give a toss about their most valuable asset...their employees. And at the end of the day if you can't keep them, if your retention rate is not good enough, if you are not consistent in your practices and staff experience, then this will ultimately have an impact on how well you run your studies and how much your sponsor is satisfied.

    Useless HR who act only as pen-pushers. No support to employees but first to convey redundancy messages. No values and non-existent benefits. Only management gets a cut and that's by secret arrangement behind closed doors. Lastly, favoritism is the only chance for promotion unless you've slept with the CEO or you are family with the managers.

    Advice to Management

    Resign! Just because you provide a, not-so-unique service anymore, doesn't mean you should rip off clients.



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