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Pharmaceutical Product Development Associate Scientist Reviews

Updated 9 July 2018
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Associate Scientist

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Pharmaceutical Product Development Chairman and CEO David Simmons
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  • "Maintaining a work life balance is difficult" (in 77 reviews)

  • "Heavy workload, no work-life balance, demanding requests" (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "as"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Upward mobility
    Employee appreciation events
    Location
    Liked by FDA

    Cons

    Repetitive
    Favoritism
    Limited phone use
    Limited Parking


  2. "Big company with pretty good benefits."

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance flexibility. PTO. Co-workers.

    Cons

    Most project leaders are absolutely useless. Hard to move up unless you work hard AND get noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to do a better job at checking the status of current projects and know more about all testing of projects to help analysts make fewer mistakes and not miss deadlines.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Run if you can avoid it."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility. That's really it.

    Cons

    Pay, lack of promotion, people that sleep on the job get promoted, poor communication, always needing to blame some one for small things.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Don't keep throwing away great employees and retaining poor ones by giving the poor ones promotions. Ask around about who works hardest, not who is liked most. It should be about work ethic, not who socialized in the break room most often.


  4. "Poor compensation, unequal amount of work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are great, but they won't be around forever. Flexible scheduling. PTO is easy to take. Really good at training employees.

    Cons

    You will be very underpaid, unless you leave and come back. Fair promotions for current employees are scarce. Slowly they are taking away all amenities. They love raffling gift cards rather than paying employees decently.

    Advice to Management

    Reprimand lazy employees. Pay all employees appropriately.


  5. "Good Starting Position"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn several different techniques quickyl

    Good benefits

    Nice co workers

    Cons

    Management does not promote based on merit

    Pay is low

    Advice to Management

    Promote and compensate the employees who work hard and want to stay at PPD. Realize that experience matters.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Supervisors try too hard to be your friend, forget how to give negative feedback"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, easy to form and maintain relationships. Work was sometimes dynamic

    Cons

    Management was very bad at giving feedback. Did not receive any critical or negative feedback until managers eventually approached me. Because of this, promotions and raises were not appropriately given. Management needs to stop trying to be our friends and work on building our careers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be our friends. We have enough of those already. You are paid to be leaders.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Associate Scientist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Entry Level Experience, Friendly Coworkers, Great for a first job out of collegem but don't get stuck!

    Cons

    Pay much less than industry standard

    Advice to Management

    Value your laboratory staff, there would be less turn around if they weren't treated like they're disposable.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Decent for Entry Level"

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, relaxed atmosphere, secure job

    Cons

    Hard to climb the corporate ladder

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer a Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    It is hard to move up


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Scientist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and reasonable opportunities to progress.

    Cons

    Employees are not utilized to their full potential