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Pharmaceutical Product Development Clinical Team Manager Reviews

Updated 25 August 2017
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  • Hard to have a work/life balance if you don't learn to say no (in 68 reviews)

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

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  1. "Clinical trial Manager"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Miami, FL (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow within the company. Great available systems/tools to support and track your study data, good benefits and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Allocation to projects not realistic. No collaboration within different departments. Lack of transparency bonus and poor mid/end year of review process.


  2. "good company"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PPD offers good benefits , good environment, trainings, good supporting systems, career growth possiblities

    Cons

    working under big pressure, extra hours,


  3. "Demanding but fair"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to move up the latter and to work on various clinical projects. One of the few CROs at the time that would provide training to junior personnel entering the industry. Their education orientation program to get all new hires on the same page was very helpful to recent hires.

    Cons

    There was a lot of turnover especially in the clinical research sector related to the high amount of travel involving clinical trial management.


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  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Team Manager in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Team Manager in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - good balance between work and family
    - great management team
    - good benefits
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    Cons

    - workload is huge at times
    - continually changing systems
    - unable to manage overburns properly
    - no training organised after the initial ones provided as a standard
    - does not encourage access to higher management positions in Eastern Europe
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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Company with strong business value but very low on human values"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Global existence (85 countries), Strong project pipe line, high profitability, Strong management team, Very much adaptive to new technologies, CRO with full service provider, Global ranking in first top 10 companies

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance for people working as Clinical Team manager, Ineffective line management system, Lack of support, to many systems leads to chaos, In effective on line training system which helps only to document that the training. Ineffective resource allocation model, Very complex structure (at least for project management). The employee usually dose not get time for self development (to learn additional skills, to develop additional competency).

    Advice to Management

    LINE MANAGEMENT: The management would need to work on line management system/ managers. The line manager supporting CTM should take more initiative to guide CTM in project management, instead of only attending weekly meeting and criticizing CTM. Based on their experience the line manager should give inputs to the CTMs to prioritize and proactively identify the most vulnerable issue out of many issues faced by CTM. The management must provide appropriate training/ refresher training in people management to the line managers (LM) . Company should train the LM's to understand that each individual has his own style of working, different characteristics. The LM's should be train to understand human aspects/ individual traits. This would help LM's to give inputs and required support to the mentee. LM's should understand that the you can not use same method for all individual while dealing with them.

    RESOURCE ALLOCATION: Many time due to lack of clarity or delay in resource allocation, CTM usually land up doing many task which could be done by other resources. The resource allocation should be clear and should be done in timely manner. At some point of time if resource is not available then required support should be provided.

    Training: The online training module is not a complete solution for all kind of trainings. It is good for SOP and WPD's and certain on line trainings. However a class room training should be taken for systems like Forecaster, Unit Grid.

    HR: The management should involve HR while designing all strategies. I would also suggest that the HR should interact with Client to understand their culture, working style, Client company structure etc intermittently. This will definitely help HR to give inputs while selecting team. An internal system should be in place to track/ analyze the skills, competencies and traits of each employee. Please note that this should be design and analyze scientifically. The line managers can not replace HR.

    Work life balance: The management should ensure that there is a work life balance. This can be taken care by allotting the work appropriately, by selecting appropriate resources in terms of skills and attitude, by providing effective support.


  7. "Very good company. if you are not here - wellcome"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very stable and if you need stability it is your company.

    Cons

    Very big company and therefore very slow career crows.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "As with most CROs, too much work and not enough time, budget, or people to do the job the way it should be done."

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    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Ability to work from home
    - Flexible schedule
    - Excellent initial training, good place to start if new to the industry
    - Decent benefits

    Cons

    - Projects are consistently underbid, but nothing is done to change the bidding standards
    - Due to project underbids, you are forced to scrape by through the project. if you do go over budget for a month, you get calls from every department wanting to know what went wrong. Just saying that those are the hours it took to get the job done aren't enough.
    - While underbidding projects and limiting resources, there are constantly new quality 'initiatives' that produce more work for everyone without giving people the extra time or resources to complete the initiatives.
    - CRAs are stretched thin, which didn't used to be the case. CRAs and managers are now frequently assigned to multiple protocols, leading to rapid burnout and the loss of experienced staff
    - Low bonuses, low raises, difficult to get promotions.
    - If you are a fast learner who likes to move up quickly, look elsewhere.
    - Although management frequently touts the 'employees are important' and 'you need work/life balance' message, the reality seems quite the opposite.

    Advice to Management

    - Work on ways to promote and retain your experienced and talented staff
    - Don't limit promotions to 'checklists' to be met, work more with individual abilities
    - Instead of constantly introducing new initiatives that just result in more tasks to be completed without any extra time being provided, get the company staffed appropriately and work on making bids more realistic


  9. "managing people"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Team Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    offered online training
    offered classroom training
    opportunities for leadership positions
    willingness to train entry level people

    Cons

    did not value the work of junior people
    did not believe in division of live-work

    Advice to Management

    trust the people you hire to do the work you hired them to do