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Pharmaceutical Product Development Project Manager 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. "supporting enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great salary, company car, meal reimbursement, home based

    Cons

    limited opportunities for promotion, small bonus, lack of educational opportunities

    Advice to Management

    promote employess


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Will wring you out."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience of the industry.
    Granta Park is pleasant.
    Home working when requested.
    Good canteen, although many people just work thorough lunch.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Don’t expect to be doing anything else of an evening.
    A lot of unpaid overtime, do not expect any time off in lieu and probably not any thanks. No slack in the system so staff are expected to do overtime due to other staff having left, are ill or on holiday. You will earn your holiday with a lot of overtime pre and post your time off.
    Training in some departments is poor.
    Too many different systems that do not work together. Some rationalisation required.
    Difficult to get to know people even in the same building.
    Lots of people are bad tempered with each other. Usually because they have too much to do and are always stressed.
    Below inflation pay rise – most people got a 1.3% pay rise last year.
    High turnover. Most people leave because competitors are offering higher pay or due to excessive workload.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure appropriate staffing levels.
    Stop worrying about saving a few ££ on colour photocopying and give people time to actually put some continuous improvement processes in place if you really want to save money and improve service. You are overloading many people so they are only doing the urgent tasks, which is leading to mistakes and poor service, which is ultimately a false economy.


  3. "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.


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  5. "Terrible Training"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Pros of working at PPD is working with some clients.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible, the management is terrible, and the training is also terrible.


  6. "Project Manager Labs"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great Management support within PPD

    Cons

    VERY HIGH workload, no work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Lower the workload


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility--work from home. Job security--Senior management focuses on keeping employees billable.

    Cons

    Too many systems that do not connect. No upward mobility. No support for conferences and/or professional memberships and/or outside training. No recognition for certifications. No ability/opportunities to move to other functional areas.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining employees via career ladder and promote employees at regular intervals.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Benefits the best part"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Low salary. Hierarchical. Cliquish. If you find a line manager you like, stay where you are, otherwise it could be death of your career aspirations.

    Cons

    Low salaries; very hierachial, ciiquesh.


  9. Helpful (20)

    "Better than most CRO's"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule - working 100% remotely and having a boss who allows for flexibility is the key. Really good individual people working here - competent employees, very professional, and management seems interested in your success and happiness. There are opportunities to move to different departments or to get promoted.

    They have a very robust and technically sounds training process and systems. Their LMS (learning management system) is a very well organized way to deliver training and to track/document training.

    They are willing to keep changing and staying up to date up with new technology (new systems) and new strategies in an attempt to enhance more efficient processes. They are willing to take the risks for change.

    Cons

    Recently (the past year or so) there has been very high turnover - this has caused those who remain behind to have to cover more than normal, which then perpetuates the problem of being over-allocated and subsequent resignations.

    Also, the company is too SOP-driven (in that if you need to scratch yourself, there's an SOP for that!). It is just over-the-top. The company talks about critical thinking skills and root cause analysis and attempting to look at the bigger picture - but then the SOPs and processes do not allow for that. It creates an environment of funneled views. Employees are taught to follow minutia rules a, b and c rather than stepping back to understand what the overall process should be, or the reasoning for doing something. Basically PPD's culture squelches creative and critical/logical thinking and thinking outside the box. Instead it promotes factory-like working, stuck in a box, color only within the lines.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to put every work process into an SOP or WPD. It doesn't allow for flexibility and creativity, and causes people to feel like they are working in a factory-like culture rather than an actively thinking/using your brain environment. Guidelines are good, and useful - but make them that, guidelines (rather than a mentality that they are "the rules" or "the law" when that is not necessary under any regulations).


  10. "Project Manager, Information Technology"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Hillsborough, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Hillsborough, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people struggling to perform.

    Cons

    Heavy handed Project Management Office, committed to making project work difficult if not impossible for project teams. IT organization at odds with business units.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to re-frame the work to eliminate obstacles and minimize conflict between IT and business units. This is a "churn and burn" environment, with lots of turnover.


  11. "Good Company, but too political"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    High quality, learn a lot

    Cons

    Terrible managment, marginal benefits, they over work you

    Advice to Management

    Need a new one