PRA Health Sciences

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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated 18 November 2014
Updated 18 November 2014
166 Reviews
3.3
166 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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  3.  

    PRA - SR CRA experience

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    • 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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    Great Benefits, Horrible Communication

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Lenexa, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Lenexa, KS (US)

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    An extremely generous company, upper management is very personable and sincere.

    Cons

    Could use an upgrade in the technology department. Poor Communication, Better Training, note sensible workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gather and use employee feedback.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Project Associates in PRA

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Great international teams, nice training environment due to colleague comradership, average perks.

    Cons

    Bad line management therefore a lot of miscommunication with the Project Manager due to line managers meddling instead of offering a proper knowledeagble leadership support. Long hours, not enough rewards... very stressful job, the staff is always complaining about everything although this shouldn´t happen with the right general management team. Such team should really channel the overall communication in a more efficient and productive way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right line managers, ie people with an adequate open personality to deal with a team, communicative, trained professional with a solid work ethic that will stick his/her neck out for the team and thus will be a role model for each team member to follow the steps in excellence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging - Rewarding

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    • 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

    Challenging work, moving around across departments is not only allowed, it's encouraged. Large international company but has maintained the camaraderie and culture of a smaller firm. You are held accountable, but when you deliver with quality work, you are rewarded. Fellow employees are often there to help and support you.

    Cons

    Communication could improve - we want to know whats going on whether it's good or bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great training enviornment

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great and the information systems are top notch. As a growing company, there is a lot of room for opportunities especially at the entry level. 4 weeks of PTO right off the bat is unheard of.

    Cons

    Communication between management and CRA's is average. Management of work life balance is so so, but when there is a lot of travel that can be the case

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Descent CRO

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

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

    Pros

    Happy with my salary & benefits. Manageable travel expectations. Good managers. They keep protocols to 1-2 at a time. No SWAT visits, like I've done at other companies, where I had to learn a protocol on the flight to the site! PRA has great training. Great expectations for the managers to ensure training of the staff.

    Cons

    So many computer systems that "clash"...some require Google Chrome & some require Internet Explorer. I'm not a computer geek for goodness sake. Lots of redundant documenting...example: one project required us to document our phone contact reports in CTMS & another system. SO many systems!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could we please consolidate some of these computer systems?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Solid company, good entry oportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Mannheim (Germany)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Mannheim (Germany)

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

    Pros

    PRA is a large and growing company. That leads to a number of different career paths that are possible within the company. The colleagues are really nice and the office environment is good.. Most departments have a decend management but that is always kind of a gamble.

    Cons

    Because of the fast growth during the past years there were many corporate changes and an high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should try to keep good employees with the company and reduce the turn-over rate. Yes, that means people should get a competetive salary, because there will be somebody willing to pay it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Clinical Study Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Lenexa, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Lenexa, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Medical Director within the clinic. She will help you and train you when needed. Best doctor I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    They have no training. No one is on the same page which makes it really hard to work. Way over work. No work life and home life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should set up a training department that trains all new employees coming on board.

    Disapproves of CEO

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