PRA Health Sciences

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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
173 Reviews
3.4
173 Reviews
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent systems, work/life balance is the same as at every CRO (in 22 reviews)

  • Option to work from home a few days a week a plus (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Don't always manage work/life balance well, overworking their best staff members (in 16 reviews)

  • There is a strong sense disseminates from upper management that the bottom line now outweighs quality in staffing (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Over 10 years of my life wasted!!

    Former Employee - Clinical Data Coordinator
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Coordinator

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked with some really good people. Certain amount of flexiblilty regarding working hours. Office facilities were good compared to other offices.

    Cons

    Management are biased towards certain people. Great deal of favouritism, particularly senior management. Taking out a grievance against a manager, (even though the employee manual states to do this, if you have problems with a manager,) is a total waste of time. HR will always take the managers side, even when there is definate proof that a manager has lied and fabricated evidence. Honesty and trust are words that are non-existent in PRAs vocabulary. The whole PRA experience has been extremely TOXIC!!!! My advice to anyone contemplating working for this company is - DON'T!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some senior management are like tumours that need to be removed, rapidly, before they have time to infect their staff and need to be stopped from 'brainwashing' new employees. More importantly they need to learn to speak the truth!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A real Titanic! Total mess and micromanagement. Stay away unless you've been unemployed for > 1 year.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Level in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Management Level in Reading, England

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary paid timely.
    Some nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Horrible top management, most of middle management disempowered and/or de-motivated, non-existent CEO, almost no strategic communication between top and field folks.
    Increasing fragmentation - more and more departments created to cover pieces of the process. While one closes the door the other tries to open it, both do not communicate with each other. This leads to decreasing quality of the final output and growing clients' dissatisfaction.
    Bonus plans on paper, usually canceled before payout deadline.
    Micromanagement at every level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave before you totally sink your ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company! Great people!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC (US)

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement. Friendly/casual corporate culture. The company is growing very rapidly so there are always opportunities to improve your career

    Cons

    Limited work from home options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider being more open to working from home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility is one of the best things at this company

    Cons

    Maybe a local IT would help a lot the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to say, i have a good relations with them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    From day one, my experience with PRA has been that the culture here supports a very supportive atmosphere. Senior management keeps employees informed about the company's position. The training is stellar. PRA also keeps up with technology.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Informatics Manager in Blue Bell, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Clinical Informatics Manager in Blue Bell, PA (US)

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home. Training opportunities. Supportive environment. Individual freedom to adjust schedule to allow for a work-life balance.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to make connections with Co-workers in a remote setting. Can be frugal about approving reimbursements & promotions may take a while but this is also a testament to savvy financial management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with staff, even the difficult conversations. Honesty is best. Talk about advancement with staff - what people need to do, the process of requesting promotions, wait time involved. These are important factors to keep up morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    EAPA much stronger than the US

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Utrecht (Netherlands)

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Due to conservative hiring policies, lots of very qualified refugees from other CROs working here, attracted by better salaries. A very respectable CTMS/IT platform, though obviously always being tinkered with. A palpable sense of growth and excitement, making this an exciting place for ambitious workers and a terrifying one for the incompetent. New ideas are listened to by upper management, with proper doses of skepticism. There is obvious room to grow, in EAPA at least, making relationships between colleagues positive and suspicion free. Lots of exciting initiatives.

    Cons

    North American operations are much weaker than EAPA operations due to poor quality staffing and some very weak VPs and middle managers in the US. It's like two different companies at times.
    Besides his yearly speech to the company the CEO is nearly invisible.
    Internal communications regarding departmental initiatives and how they effect corporate customers can be weak at times, due mainly, I believe to weak VPs in the US.
    Data Management leadership is particularly weak leading to poor site feedback which is quite unfair to the high quality clinical teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed-out weak upper and middle management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I work at PRA Health Sciences full-time homebased

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Open communication and flat hierarchy. In certain positions working home based is possible. Good tools and flat hierarchy. nice international working environment across departments like in every other big CRO.

    Cons

    With PRA Healthscience going public the pressure and scrutinizing is increasing. Promotions in the European Asia Pacific regions are not as easy to achieve as in the US.Promotion is even more difficult to achieve when working from home; same as everywhere as you are not visible. Due to the integration of i.e. RPS there is a lot of restructuring happening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not push change through to quick and too much as well as not a couple of changes in a short time period. Listen to your employees and use their strength. Middle Management and FMs need to better support the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Hard to stand out, even when you work really hard!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Really understand the need to have a flexible work schedule; my teams were really great to work with.

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities for project associates - you had to go the CRA route in order to move up and that job isn't for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities with different career paths - it would have been nice to have the option to move to Regulatory, Data Management, Safety, etc., but those opportunities were not there in the La Jolla office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, mid-level management, not so much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA (US)

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being "down in the trenches" of IT, this was a great place to work. Supportive direct management, and co-workers, a real team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Director-level managers did nothing to promote a work-life balanced, or team environment. They were disengaged, and seemed uncaring for the staff who'd been hard-working contributors. Just use them up, and toss them out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In IT, communication from mid-level management was non-existent. Silo'd teams each had their own agenda, and the director did nothing to promote a broader level of cooperation between teams.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    PRA - SR CRA experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have been at PRA as a Sr CRA for one year and it has been a very positive experience. I especially appreciated the the onboard training and the opportunity to learn their systems. Pros are - good FM, online tools, and the spirit of teamwork. I especially appreciate the support provided by in-house staff. I have worked at other CROs and Sponsors, and this is for me, a good fit. Co-workers have had the opportunity to transition from monitoring to project management, so there is evidence of career growth.

    Cons

    Like all monitoring positions, finding a work/life balance can be a challenge. Project meetings with CRAs could be more useful if representatives from data management were included (at least on occasion).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to remain transparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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