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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated 21 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Welcome to the Circus"

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I am an Internal Recruiter in Reading, To be completly honest I used to be very "pro" PRA in the begininng but my experience of being here several months now the most positive thing in the team is me. I am good at what I do and could bring more to the business, they should let me give more of my great advice and guidance and I kknow we could get better again.

    Cons

    Poor environment, a management team that are really not that competent. Long hours , unhappy workers and poor recruitment practices (I thought my last role was bad but I now realise they actually knew what they were doing!)

    Advice to Management

    I would like to give lots of advice that would be valuable (although I have never managed myself, I do know a lot so feel qualified to give my opinion) but they would'nt listen anyway.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Poor line management and career prospects - disappointing

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

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

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

    Pros

    Salary was the only competitive opportunity I found at PRA.

    Cons

    Very poor line management, when noting I was unhappy with he role I found myself in compared to the job offer I was presented with and the lack of Coe to progress in my career I was informed that the best way to progress was to threaten to resign and negotiate a new role from there including a promotion. I immediately update my CV and moved on as his was confirmed by more than one senior employee!

    Advice to Management

    Increase communication, improve leadership by employing managers that are able to manage and lead rather than inspire you to leave

  3. Helpful (2)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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!

  6. Helpful (3)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Leave before you totally sink your ship.

  7. medical research associate

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

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff and close to home

    Cons

    There are times that I wish I could work more hours.

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. Great work life balance

    • 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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people in my program are great to work with. The sponsor gives us the freedom and flexibility to manage the department.

    Cons

    Can't accrue anymore PTO after 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Create salary ranges

  9. Senior CRA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    nice atmosphere, good people, nice line manager

    Cons

    workload is too high, lack of project hours so you have to spend your own time to get things done.

  10. Medical Research Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Medical Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT (US)

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

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

    Pros

    PTO, Holidays, fairly flexible schedule

    Cons

    Poor wages, severe lack of communication between management and people actually working on the floor, low respect for employees, equipment needs an upgrade.

    Advice to Management

    Happy employees make for a better work environment and higher quality results. We are not slaves.

  11. Senior CRA

    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Pros

    An opportunity to work from home.

    Cons

    An information regarding remuneration package.

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