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Pharmaceutical Product Development Assistant Scientist Reviews

Updated 11 December 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, good work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home in some cases (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to have a work/life balance if you don't learn to say no (in 69 reviews)

  • no work-life balance for at least first 6 months (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Friendly but lot of work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Madison, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Madison, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, and a friendly social environment. Other analysts as well as management will go out of their way to help you as long as you ask and do your best to learn as well. If you are fresh from college/new to industry, they have a guidance system in place to ease you into doing your job well - very helpful. Also, many opportunities to learn, a great stepping stone for people looking to get a foothold into the pharmaceutical industry.

    Cons

    Pay is very low compared to that from other CRO's. Relatively high turnover rate means that the analysts who have been working at PPD longer, get much more work to do, which leads to a poor work life balance, which then leads to those analysts leaving, etc.


  2. "Assistant Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Good job experience
    -Good benefits
    -Clear career path and goals.

    Cons

    -Some disorganization from team to team
    -Long training and onboarding process

    Advice to Management

    Need to communicate morr clearly on the manegerial level in order to help day to day lab functions run more smoothly.


  3. "Assistant Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Affordable benefits, occasionally employee appreciation events, room for growth in most departments

    Cons

    Management, accountability, egos of management team

    Advice to Management

    Be more accountable and proactive.


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  5. "Assistant Scientist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Madison, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Madison, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a ton of flexibility. It is also a very laid back work environment and tons of overtime available if desired

    Cons

    It will take you a few years to move up any pay grade. The work is very repetitive as well.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "PPD is a great place to work, with flexible hours in a professional analytical lab."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most associates are aged 22-30 at bench level, which makes a friendly work environment. Hours are flexible, with reasonable PTO and OT pay. Excellent opportunity to develop graduates.

    Cons

    Pay is less than industry average, and depending on how productive you are (or company oriented) it like any place can limit your promotion potential.

    Advice to Management

    Learning curve early is steep and many analysts feel under-prepared for significant responsibility. Communication and assistance are key to strengthening bench level analysts.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Madison, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Madison, WI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance is amazing. Very relaxed work environment awesome place to work for people with lots of experience or someone who has no need to worry about their financial situation. Awesome place to start a career lots of experience in various different techniques.

    Cons

    Terrible upper management, very very bad pay for lower level analyst. No incentive for lower level analyst to stick around or work harder, unless you have no financial worries in your life. Very long a somewhat unfair process for advancement to better position, 3-5 years for a lower level analyst to reach $20 dollars an hour.

    Advice to Management

    Give lower level analyst a reason to stay around as they do all the work of most of the senior level scientist.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nice company, great location, decent pay for entry level position, overtime

    Cons

    High school environment; co-workers will talk behind you back, long hours, if you are minority, they all fire you VERY easily, so WATCH OUT!


  9. "Assistant Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)

    Pros

    PPD laboratory operations provide an excellent place for individuals to develop skills and become a more educated researcher. Hours are flexible and the work environment is upbeat and friendly.

    Cons

    I do not have any negative perspectives of this company or the work performed.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Assistant scientist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can more or less set up your own schedule and there are incentives for doing extra work.

    Cons

    The only real downside is the pay but PPD is a great place to start out and the environments much better than its competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees a reason to stay after training and geting a year or two of experience.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Laid back"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment - flex time allows you to start when you want as long as you are present for core work hours. casual work environment can be a negative at times

    Cons

    Training not thorough enough. Veteran employees seem to be completely overloaded with work which they are unable to pass on to newer employees because of lack of training

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time training so work can be distributed to more employees