PRA Health Sciences

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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
183 Reviews
3.5
183 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  

    Wish I had not left my last role, I thought that was bad but this is worse.........

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Resourcing in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Resourcing in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Ok Team, welcoming when I joined and seem to be supportive as we have lots of issues to deal with every day so support is good

    Cons

    I have 2 years experience so I know what I am doing but am micromanaged. The journey is very long and management can be a bit horrible. I know how to do my job properly and can tell them how to do abetter job if they would listen (I used to tell my previous compnay all the time) I took this new role so I had freedom but it is not happening. Not as professional as sold at interview and is total chaos on a day to day basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn from people like me, I have two years experience and kow what I am doing,you could learn some new skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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
  3. 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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    • 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 a 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
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  5.  

    Great Place!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Raleigh, NC (US)

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Nice office, great management, nice training, awesome opportunities for advancement, great industry to be in!

    Cons

    The only con is that the work tends to ebb and flow. You can have a lot of down of time and try to find ways to bill your time and other times you are super busy!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management no complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    PRAHS review

    • 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

    Pros

    PRAHS is a growing company offering several career opportunity

    Cons

    That's difficult to relocate abroad

  7.  

    Eat, Sleep and Dream PRA...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Charlottesville, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Charlottesville, VA (US)

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    I was at PRA for almost 9 years and worked in two different departments through the going public period to back to a private company. It depends on who your direct manager is, what department you are working in and overall the company atmosphere which had changed constantly there. If you don't like change, don't work for PRA - and that is both good and bad change. Benefits are competitive, raises are almost non-existent, salaries are below competitive to market. Some wonderful managers took notice to hard work. You will be busy!

    Cons

    You are at the mercy of who is managing your department and the department you are working in. Most managers took advantage of those who worked hard. When I left, I discovered another employee there had been fired who had less than a third of the responsibility as I did and had been on probation for years! Functional managers changed and the new one wasn't that person's friend. So everyone else had been covering for that particular employee's slack. You are not able to take your PTO and will end up not earning more due to maxing out what you earned. Work/Life balance is insane. I worked holidays, weekends, 10 hours a day and when a close family member died suddenly, I only could take 3 days because of my work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful who you put in functional management positions. There are too many friends, too many cover ups to job performance you shouldn't accept. And employees who are constantly "loosing time" because they are unable to take their PTO should be forced to and their Functional Managers should be forced to distribute their duties elsewhere or lessen their load. (That is why they are Functional Managers!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall - ok

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Friendly team, interesting projects, good benefit program and PTO

    Cons

    Lack of communication from management, rapid restructuring, hard to be promoted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Ok place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    Pto policy, co-workers, benefits decent,

    Cons

    Lack of communication from management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    People make the difference!

    • 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

    Interesting work. Colleagues are extremely helpful, friendly and are the reason many employees stay. Lots of work from home opportunities. PTO is generous plus 11 holidays.

    Cons

    Management needs managerial training! Most positions are high stress and management just keeps pushing. Promotion opportunities are limited. Normally a person gets a promotion due to a request to perform above and beyond their normal responsibilities or they have to threaten to leave at an inopportune time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Request management training in high stress situations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    programmer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    401k, paid vacation days,

    Cons

    more stress when approaching timelines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better planning and resource (expertise) distribution among project teams.

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