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TIMI Study Group Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. "Great learning opportunities, but..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIMI Study Group full-time

    Pros

    Provides great opportunities to learn different aspects of a clinical trial

    Cons

    No clear vision of leadership especially for the operations team


  2. "Get out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at TIMI Study Group full-time

    Pros

    There are a handful of people who are nice and sincere and will help you when you're new.

    Cons

    30 days after the newness wears off management does everything they can to break your stride. They clock your bathroom breaks, write you up if your train breaks down. Communication is obscene. You can't speak with your own manager unless the office manager goes as an in between. Up at the very top is a rascist man who wIll use words you would never say in public.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your damn high horse. You're not special. Treat peers like peers. Manage by example, not intimidation.

  3. "Depends which office you're in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at TIMI Study Group full-time

    Pros

    free coffee, candy, good cafeteria

    Cons

    I worked in Quincy so the commute, the management style.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic & dated office culture, dreadful management, far below average pay"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Protocol Coordinator in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Protocol Coordinator in Quincy, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at TIMI Study Group full-time

    Pros

    Free coffee and candy. It is a good place to gain experience if you have none and get out, fast. Good benefits because it's affiliated with BWH.

    Cons

    As other have said it depends on what office you are in. In Quincy, if you are 5 minutes late the administrator talks to your manager about being late. It is basically an adult kindergarten with other managers watching your every move and telling on your boss if you look at your phone or check personal email. The mgmt here are more concerned with employees being on time than performing their own job, it seems. There is no room for growth in this position unless you want to stay in a job that pays under $45k/year and maybe in 6 years you could become PM and make a little more than that.
    If you choose to work here be prepared to be treated and talked to like a child, regardless of your work experience. Be prepared to want to rip your hair out at all moments due to the boring nature of the job and mgmt who are either absent or do not care to challenge or engage employees. There is no team work mentality, no leadership, and mgmt does not show respect or trust to their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Foster a welcoming and friendly environment, having mgmt who walk by and don't even say hi to employees and frankly don't act like they care for employees makes for a dreary and uncomfortable work place. Perform exit interviews! Listen to employees about why no one stays in this position and employee retention could be possible. The nature of the job itself is dreadful and mgmt knows this, but chooses not to make up for it in other ways. A flexible work schedule or a work from home day at least once a week could make the job a lot more bearable. This job could be entirely remote but mgmt chooses to not encourage a proper work-life balance.


  5. "Clinical Trial Protocol"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at TIMI Study Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people that you work with on a daily basis

    Cons

    Administrators and partial management. Terrible manners and poor management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your team. Treat them as they're valuable especially when they're fully experienced and a huge team player.


  6. "Not Terrible. Great Stepping Stone."

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    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Protocol Lead in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Protocol Lead in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The location is fantastic for biking to or running to work. There's plenty of lunch options around. It's a nice area to walk around when the weather is nice. They have free coffee and the occasional fruit/candy. The front desk women are very friendly and are willing to help you out. They ordered me a specific wrist rest when I requested it, for example.

    Cons

    The office environment is completely dependent on which team you work for and which office you work in (North - Boston vs South - Quincy). The management styles are so diverse that in one team you will be given warnings for being 10 minutes late and on another you can leave 15-20 minutes early if you have your work done.

    Advice to Management

    Perform quality control on management. It's understandable to have different management styles but when it starts to affect the physical work environment it becomes detrimental to the company.


  7. "not more than a year"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Trial Protocol Coordinator in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Trial Protocol Coordinator in Quincy, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TIMI Study Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great way to quickly learn how a clinical trial is operated in general terms which can be applied to other roles within clinical research, biotech, regulatory affairs etc.

    Cons

    Dated work culture that does not foster respect and independence.

    Advice to Management

    TIMI does a good job of hiring individuals who have excelled in college or graduate school or other work experience that one could presumably trust. Once hired, management sets about stripping employees of every trace and characteristic of what enabled them to excel in the first place. It is no wonder why employees aren't more inspired and productive anymore and ultimately why good employees leave within a year after joining.

    The amount of time managers waste pacing the office all morning making sure employees are coming in to work is wasteful. It's a job, not daycare.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Foot in the Door, and Then Out..."

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    Former Employee - Clinical Trial Protocol Coordinator in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Trial Protocol Coordinator in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TIMI Study Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generous time-off (30 days a year, including holidays and sick time), half price public transportation passes, good experience for first-timers in clinical research, ability to speak with leading cardiologists, prestige and name recognition of TIMI, very easy work, competent coworkers, and great work-life balance.

    HOWEVER, work environment is highly dependent on what team/trial you are on. Mid-level management, i.e. Project Managers and Assistant PMs, can be great or terrible --you just have to get lucky.

    Cons

    Low compensation when compared to pharma companies, a lot of grunt work at the RA level, high turn-over rate, lots of red tape due to overarching BWH policies.

    Lots of people work here for a year or two and they're out the door, leaving many teams to scramble in times of short-handedness.

    Training process for people unfamiliar with trials and clinical research is lengthy and grueling.

    Some benefits that BWH offers to all employees are harder for TIMI South employees to get, due primarily because of the location of the Quincy office.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people!! When a group of people dislike management or do not agree with certain policies, act on their behalf or at least investigate.

    Exit interviews.

    Recognize intelligence and hard work and reward it. Institute a more frequent review period (1 year is too long).

    Advocate for a different pay scale when compared to research assistants and CRCs at the Brigham. TIMI is in tight competition with pharma companies for qualified people. RAs and Assistant PMs should not be getting $40-$50k a year for doing the same work they could be doing at a pharmaceutical company or CRO for almost double that.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good Experience, Unhealthy Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You work with the leading Physcians in the Cardiovascular industry, as well as work for one of the most well-known hospitals in Boston.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, limited salaries, everyone keeps to themselves no office comraderie, stuck in old ways, employees aren't valued, you can give feedback all day, but nothing with change

    Advice to Management

    Listen and learn from feedback, make changes, offer more trainings and educational opportunities, more employee benefits (ice cream socials don't count)


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Work condition highly depends on the group you work in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at TIMI Study Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I work at the TIMI group. Workers are the clogs of the research machine. If the group you work in has good morale, and works smoothly, then it is the best place to work in. If not, then it is hard to work in, and we get high turn over rate.

    It is very hard to rate. I have worked in two groups. First group was simply great, with great people. Then I was transferred to second group was not so good. People kept leaving from there.

    Everyone is really friendly.

    Cons

    High Research Assistant turn over rate. High management looks at numbers, not people's accomplishments

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the people who work to get the good numbers.


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