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Updated 7 June 2018
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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. "PPD Science Graduate Entry"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant
    Current Employee - Project Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Experience
    The Manager was quite flexible with Holiday/doctors/Dentist/ Work Hours
    Some really Nice people within the company

    Cons

    Poor Salary
    no real training to the role or further development
    Graduates are held in their low positions, even if you over perform , it accounts for nothing.
    The progression (jobs advertised) goes to external applicants who dont meet the job criteria hence leading back to the first point.
    High turnover of great hard working staff which is a shame.

    Advice to Management

    its quite a shame that when i got offered a job a PPD i felt so happy i was going to be working with one of the largest global CROs then to be only disappointed heavily.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Dont stay too long...."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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!

  3. "Central Project Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Central Project Assistant in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Central Project Assistant in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Administrative position, office based in Sofia. Very good opportunities for career development. Very good benefits program, team buildings and bonus structure.

    Cons

    Dress code required, Office based job


  4. "Great for entry level Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great system, Good management system

    Cons

    Very slow growth


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work if you hate yourself"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Decent Benefits
    - Looks good on resume

    Cons

    - Management only cares about them self
    - They will work you in to the grave if you let them
    - Pay is not competitive with industry partners
    - Favoritism allows terrible people to keep moving along while everyone works for years in the same depressing position

    Advice to Management

    - Pull the stick out and listen to your employees. Maybe the turnover rate wouldn’t be so high if people didn’t dread coming to work here everyday.


  6. "Project Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Wilmington, NC (US)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One work from home day and onsite medical for simple issues. Good department management, but there is only so much they can do, promotion guidelines are set by HR and others higher up.

    Cons

    High turn over, low raises and bonus (the pay and bonus are degrading compared to the work and BS degrees in the department). Lowest pay in the industry by 5K -7K per year, work unpaid overtime to keep your job in good shape. PTO is solid, but your work suffers while you are away.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people an industry fair wages, promote more than once a year in April, and allow more internal movement within the company.


  7. "Great company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Morrisville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Morrisville, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Room for growth, great benefits, and overall good company. Your team mates are always helpful and willing to train on what your weaknesses are which was a plus for me.

    Cons

    Pay was reasonable and could be better but raises are given Faced on performance and knowledge that is learned wow gaining experience.

    Advice to Management

    My manager was AMAZING!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good company overall"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Morrisville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Morrisville, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    You never work late and can leave at 4pm on the dot. Pto is amazing and you can take off whenever you want.

    Cons

    Sometimes studies are a mess and out of control. You’re expected to get a lot done in a short amount of time


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to Start, Not to Stay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Full Time Employment, Gym, Events, Tuition Reimbursement, On-site Medical, Insurance Premium Reduction Program, Nice Facilities, Food Trucks, Clear Organizational Charts

    Cons

    Work load and demands always increasing, consistently low raises, unclear bonus program, poor management system, very low talent retention, high turn over, executive focused culture,

    Advice to Management

    Talent costs money


  10. "Great company overall"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally, very nice team/s, clear goals, good management, productive environment, decent benefits and growth potential.

    Cons

    Being a large global company, it may be slow to respond when it comes to needs of groups of its employees. Also, as it has a very metrics-based work environment, the workloads are often pretty high.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, guys!