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Pharmaceutical Product Development Project Assistant Reviews

Updated 22 July 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. Helpful (2)

    "Dont stay too long...."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Project Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Clinical Project Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Annual bonus
    Friendly people
    Ongoing company SOP/WPD training

    Cons

    You'll progress up the career ladder if your a brown nose and your face fits in the "special group"
    Horrific Management/HR structure
    Performance Review Form is an absolute joke, positive feedback not taken into consideration -at managers discretion too!
    Over allocated, underpaid and generally a very stressful place to work

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip of resourcing allocations, too many very talented people have left PPD due to stress! you'll be left with monkeys or robots!

    Mangers need to LISTEN to employees, not KPI reports, the management -employee relationship is non-existent, chuck the review form away or shred it, its demotivating and a waste of valuable time - ask for honest feedback from teams - this worked previously!
    Stop treating employees like children, we are adults!
    Off-site department meetings are an absolute waste of time, important/urgent work could be getting done - most people don't have time to sit for hours listening to dribble!


  2. "Project Magement"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Start for someone just getting out of college .
    Helpful Co-Workers

    Cons

    Advancement
    Job Functions are too narrowly focused (limited exposure to other aspects of clinical trail administration)
    Pay is AWFUL (can make more or the same money without the stress almost anywhere else)
    Role redundancy
    Promotions mean leaving the company or department (IMO)

    Advice to Management

    Comment: in an attempt to streamline processes you have created isolated and redundant and unnecessary roles/ roadblocks. I can only suggest going back to the drawing board and reorganizing once again.


  3. "The worse CRO in Mexico"

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, young employees and simple job.

    Cons

    There are no opportunities to develop in the company.
    The few opportunities that exist go to people that the managers like.
    The management is terrible.
    High turnover rate.
    Low motivation.
    Low salary.

    Advice to Management

    You need to identify the people that need to develop better. The tactics used to intimidate your employees are deplorable.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Project assistant"

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than industray standard


  6. "Very good company to work for, i think it has good opportunity for career growth"

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career growth is good, and there is a lot to learn

    Cons

    I think the renumeration that is paid is not at par, it may be as good as the in the business, but if you want to retain employees for more time then you will need to pay them better.

    Advice to Management

    Please inform verbally very clearly what is the amount a candidate will​ get per month.
    Do not hide, and lie about anything.


  7. "Project assistant"

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Company with various career development opportunities if you stick to the company for some period.

    Cons

    Training bond. (you have to sign a training bond while joining and as per the terms you have to serve the company two years compulsory. If you want to break the bond you have to pay 4 months basic of your salary along with the relocation benefits, if you avail.

    Also you will not get any special training apart from the routine induction programme

    Micro management

    regional bias


  8. Helpful (3)

    "PPD is a great place to start out your career and the people inside the company are generally awesome coworkers."

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of options after first year in your dept
    Good benefits
    Young employees/good sense of community
    Learn a ton
    Working for PPD is like going to Harvard in the pharm world

    Cons

    Unstated expectation to work overtime
    Cubicles are only so nice
    Not always organized... And when it's not it's a crap show

    Advice to Management

    Help all employees to know what there coworkers are doing across departments so people work together instead of against each other


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Hourly pay

    Cons

    Too much work. High turnover. Advancement for career growth very low.


  10. "Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant II
    Former Employee - Project Assistant II
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and one WFH day. I had a good line manager and good study team members. They don't micromanage you.

    Cons

    Overworked. Low pay. They rarely have enough resources and don't seem to care. This often results in 50 hour work weeks or a huge back log in work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough resources and stop overworking your good employees.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Project Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Austin, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the best perk is that you get one day work from home out of the week. Great online training provided

    Cons

    A lot of overtime. Project Assistants do a looooot of work that do not get credit for it

    Advice to Management

    Listen to you people