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Pharmaceutical Product Development CRA Reviews

Updated 12 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. "CRA"

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    Current Employee - CRA II in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - CRA II in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is job security, also there are plenty of training opportunities. Great people work there, have made friends with most of them.

    Cons

    The overload is huge, the staff turnover very big. Everyone is under big pressure, including management. The stress of not being able to do your job properly.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people, decrease workload, retain staff.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Principal Clinical Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - CRA in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - CRA in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Good salary, possibility to work at home.

    Cons

    No work-life balance at all. I work more than full time (1.5 FTE) for a couple of months as some projects seem to be prepared in rush and bad design results in lots of issues. Still upper management is focused on your billability and metrics. No career prospects. High deficiency of resources in clinical management (project assistants, CRAs).

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating like a employee number. Do trainings, invite employees to attend conferences, workships etc. Award good employees.


  3. "CRA"

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    Current Employee - CRA in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - CRA in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good training provided. Good support and progression available in the company. Lots of routes to take and they also have a dedicated start up team

    Cons

    No longer do the Research Assistant program, this was a great program for training up new CRAs. It would be good if that was brought back
    poor work life balance

    Advice to Management

    No longer do the Research Assistant program, this was a great program for training up new CRAs. It would be good if that was brought back


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  5. "Sr CRA"

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    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Home based position, no need to go to the office every morning.

    Cons

    Success depends on the study team you are working with. Lots of unprofessional people working there.


  6. "I love this company"

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    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They value their employees and provides full support to employess

    Cons

    they didn't have much projects lately


  7. "Clinical Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - CRA
    Current Employee - CRA

    Pros

    It is a very good company

    Cons

    I have no Cons at this moment


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Clinical Research Associate II - Austin"

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    Former Employee - CRA II in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - CRA II in Austin, TX (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start out with excellent training, vast range of therapeutic areas and an interesting group of co-workers. Assignments can be fast paced and challenging, which I really enjoyed. Meal per diem when traveling was a plus.

    Cons

    Salary was a bit lower than average. Growth opportunities can be limited.


  9. "CRA"

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    Former Employee - Senior CRA
    Former Employee - Senior CRA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and great colleagues.

    Cons

    Very high workload/travel, which makes it hard to have a work/life balance. Management can also be inconsiderate of work load handed to CRA's.

    Advice to Management

    Advice given is to be considerate of the projects needs and its resourcing.


  10. "CRA"

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    Current Employee - CRA in Morrisville, NC (US)
    Current Employee - CRA in Morrisville, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Career progression is really slow

    Advice to Management

    Invest more on updating technology/softwares


  11. "Principal clinical research associate"

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    Current Employee - Principal CRA in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal CRA in San Diego, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global company - job secured

    Cons

    The cras have a very high workload

    Advice to Management

    Management is fine