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INC Research Clinical Research Associate II Reviews

Updated 17 July 2017
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  • Opportunities to work from home for clinical staff and project managers (in 33 reviews)

  • The work life balance and flexibility is good (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work with a postive vibe"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate II in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate II in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at INC Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really great training and career development opportunities.
    Open door policy on any given issue.
    Transparency with quarterly goals, revenue, and company future/ outlook.
    Internal Quality Issue tracking database for all study-related issues and audits.
    Indication/ Therapeutic area-focused business units for clinical staff all the way up to ClinOps directors. Everyone is approachable.
    Diligent focus on task assignment and accountability; encourages "can do it" mentality and provides tools necessary.

    Cons

    No annual bonus for Clinical staff not completing monitoring visits. There are various incentives for conducting observation visits and the days spent at an IM or face to face visit with a Sponsor, but it really doesn't compare to an annual bonus. Agree CRAs should take priority in compensation/ bonus structure, but to only hand out merit increases each year to everyone else is a bit of a bummer.


  2. "CRA II"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Seoul (South Korea)

    I have been working at INC Research (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible work time and schedule.

    Cons

    support network, too many to list


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not good not bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Houston, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at INC Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you put yourself out there and are good at your job you will be promoted if you push for it.

    Cons

    Training is limited so be ready to hit the ground running.

    Like all CROs work is due the day before you get it.

    Advice to Management

    A bit disorganized between departments.

    Provide more hands on training and external training to help with retention.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate II
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate II
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at INC Research full-time

    Pros

    If you have a good team, it makes work a pleasure even if the client is not! Also, because you'll be in a role for a long time you'll have a great opportunity to learn it and master all areas.

    Cons

    As with other CROs, they over promise and expect their teams to pick up the slack. Salaries were not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Improve transparency, penalizing your staff for being honest hurts the entire company. It is too easy for managers to prevent promotions to deserving staff.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great support and great people to learn from!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at INC Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of support from the company when learning new roles. Line managers and project teams are on board with helping you to succeed.

    Cons

    Different departments can feel like you're working at a different company. If you get in particular departments, the experience can be completely different. Each project is different, as well. If you have a good PM, your project will be smooth sailing. If you have a new PM, who doesn't set boundaries for the project, you can easily work 50+ hours a week trying to keep up with all of the extra work on spreadsheets and reports.

    Advice to Management

    There are reports which pull from company systems, these are the reports that should be provided to sponsors. Ad-hoc reports are a lot of extra work and can end up being very expensive when you look at the man-hours everyone spends in getting them submitted every week. The company systems provide the same information, just with a 5 business day delay. The delay is worth all the extra hours that you'll be saving your budget from. If you agree to provide ad-hoc reports to sponsors, expect for your budget hours to be in the red by the end of the study. There's a reason company systems provide the reports they do.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "I never felt comfortable in my position."

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate II
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate II
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company provided good training. I had a good line manager. The importance of work life balance was stressed. Travel percentage was reasonable.

    Cons

    Promoting unqualified staff to clinical research associate positions, saving money at any cost seems to be the most important thing, the help desk support was useless

    Advice to Management

    When I questioned illogical policies, I always got the response that the policies came from 'too high up for us to do anything about it'. If upper management is interested in respecting employee opinions, employees should be able to communicate opinions.