PRA International
2.6 of 5 136 reviews
www.prainternational.com Raleigh, NC 5000+ Employees

PRA International Reviews

Updated Apr 02, 2014
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2.6 136 reviews

                             

30% Approve of the CEO

PRA International President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon

Colin Shannon

(83 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Very good ongoing training, tries to keep work life balance"
    in 20 reviews
  • "Option to work from home a few days a week a plus"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance goes out the door within 2 months of hire"
    in 11 reviews
  • "It's rare to receive recognition for hard work from upper management which lowers staff morale"
    in 11 reviews
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Good employer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at PRA International

ProsVery good ongoing training, tries to keep work life balance

ConsAll depends on your FM, if you have a good FM you will do well

Advice to Senior ManagementNA

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Growing Company, no structure for employee development and success.

Analyst (Current Employee)
Raleigh, NC (US)

I have been working at PRA International full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits, 4 weeks vacation, laid back work environment

ConsNo help with career development and advancement

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more and give employees options for advancement and success

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ok for Some

Project Analyst (Current Employee)
Raleigh, NC (US)

I have been working at PRA International full-time for more than a year

ProsFor the most part, this is a good company, with decent benefits and some flexibility. Free breakfast on Fridays, free coffee, nice co-workers.

ConsWorkload can be very demanding at times, there is no consistency in regards to processes and how to get things done, mainly a trial by fire type of position. It can be hard to get your footing and truly learn the job, which can sometimes be frustrating - expect the learning curve to take at least a year to get to the point where you feel as if you're not drowning.

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Progressive and Flexible

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Raleigh, NC (US)

I have been working at PRA International full-time for less than a year

ProsPRA is a great place to work for project managers who want to feel supported. PRA is a big company, but that's not so bad after you've tried to work for a start-up like I have. Management is supportive and flexible and adaptive to the needs of staff and Sponsors. They're also willing to listen to good ideas and take risks. They were quick in hiring compared to other CROs and thorough in the interview process. I work with some great people and really enjoy going to work every day there. PRA won CRO of the year for the 2nd or 3rd consecutive year...they are doing things right. Oh...and there's free breakfast every Friday.

ConsA big company feel.
Big network of systems to navigate and finding the information you need (at least the systems are all integrated, though).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Solid technology

CRA III (Current Employee)
Wilmington, NC (US)

I have been working at PRA International full-time for less than a year

ProsUp to date systems and innovative technology

Consmandated travel vendors and possible mandated corporate credit card

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not take away our choice. You will attract a mediocre work force and not independent thinkers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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As a CRA, there's pros and there's cons. It's part of the job.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at PRA International

ProsHighly organized. Pay is comparable to those who have the experience. Excellent benefits package and PTO. Online systems and interactions with FMs and CRAs are great.

ConsSome CTMs micromanage and difficult to build rapport due to inheriting studies from past CRAs that reflect poorly on those CRAs trying to catch-up.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllocation of CRAs should begin from the beginning of studies.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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PRA International-Great Culture

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at PRA International full-time for less than a year

ProsSenior management at PRA International fosters a very supportive, respectful culture at all levels of the organization. Small company feel for the most part. Issues are easily resolved with easy access to escalation paths. Support is consistently available.

ConsCommunication regarding company status/health of the company is not readily provided to staff. Could be related to the size of the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to foster the outstanding culture of the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I have been working at PRA International full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTuition Program, room to propose innovative ideas, flexibility to work from home and office based as needed. Great benefits.

ConsDo not allow reallocation in other countries within the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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CDC (Former Employee)
Lenexa, KS (US)

I worked at PRA International full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThey tried to give employees life work balance but did not always work as they thought it would. When on salary worked with people for appointment that needed to be done.

ConsWhen was told something by manager this did not always happen, lack of training throughout time there, managers need to know how all systems work,

Advice to Senior Managementtraining is for everyone benefits so get people the training they ask for, management needs to be honest with employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company for my career so far!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at PRA International full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPerformance is recognized and rewarded. Sr. Management team is in sync with the employees.

ConsGrowing rapidly - PRA is not immune to typical growing pains as we expand through acquisition.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep PRA's performance based, employee-centric culture from being diluted during high-growth times. It's important to remember what got us here...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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