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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated 10 July 2018
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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. "PVG Manager"

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    Former Employee - PVG Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - PVG Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home
    Senior management support

    Cons

    Maintaining a work life balance is difficult


  2. "Senior CRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Good people are working there. Very professional

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted as many people waiting for the same promotion

  3. "Cra"

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    Current Employee - Senior CRA in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salary, nice people and managers

    Cons

    High workload multiple studies busy working environment

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in training and give people time to do ot


  4. "Spend low, sell high"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellshill, Scotland
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellshill, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ample parking, can get items delivered without issues, good line managers (albeit powerless).

    Cons

    They will make you work at manager level for years despite all your counterparts being AD or Directors.

    If you’re not in the US, you’re powerless, regardless of your job title.

    Reactive to everything - their first reaction to sales growing less than target (still growing) was to stop travel for non-billable activities, even if client facing.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people appropriately, get simplified processes in place - from operations to administrative, stop penny pinching.


  5. "A sinking ship"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Line Manager, some good staff and colleagues, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay, not competitive with other CROs, low bonus's, not enough to live on, high workload on a meagre pay is not fair. Slow to move up the promotion ladder, Study Managers abroad, do not understand the NHS and the timelines we are supposed to change are unrealistic, its all about money, which means quality and expectations to clients is unrealistic and lies a lot of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Staff retention would improve if you pay people a decent wage and not expect miracles to happen when dealing with NHS Trusts in the UK. Social aspect is non existent, no fun in the job anymore.


  6. "Edwardian Workhouse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The traffic isn't that bad, and has good parking.

    Cons

    Invasive practices, no freedom, below-industry salaries, no concern for staff, completely money driven, intimidating management.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff better and devise a better long-term plan.


  7. "Lead CRA"

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    Current Employee - Lead CRA in Wokingham, England
    Current Employee - Lead CRA in Wokingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    Very few career development opportunities in management.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "US-UK corporate culture conflict. New staff are set up to fail from day one."

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

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Big, international company in a global industry.

    Cons

    US company, I worked in the UK office of the EMEA division. Only took me my first week to notice that senior management in the UK were in a corporate political 'tug of war' with their US counterparts, a losing battle for them as the US also had the backing of the executive level which was also all US employees. The internal politics had a waterfall effect on middle managers and non-management employees, who were essentially under pressure to make sure they didn't do anything to make their seniors look bad.

    Poor pay and benefits for such a large company in a cash-rich industry. Salaries were on average significantly below market rates.

    A lot of managers had become long serving employees, some had risen to managerial ranks through long service without the adequate technical skill set to do the job.

    Unfortunately the few genuinely good managers around the company were also stale in their roles as the very flat structure meant they couldn't move up, until a director left or changed roles (only one UK director vacated a role in my time with the company). As a result, junior staff couldn't progress because managers couldn't progress and sideways moves were neither easy or openly encouraged (again, managers couldn't do it so they didn't want their staff doing it).

    Given the above, lots of junior staff eventually become very disgruntled and either resorted to "looking out for themselves" or ultimately leave. Complete lack of succession planning, training, and support from managers means those left behind get pressured to pick up the slack. Anyone joining is thrown in the deep end from day one, which may be fine for some but not for others.

    Slow pace of business, resistant to change, systems are poor and create a lot of what should be unnecessary admin and manual workarounds. When new systems are implemented, education around the business is poor and problems arise when different everyone receives varying levels of training.

    Advice to Management

    Directors and Execs in the US and UK need to get on the same page, sort out the political in-fighting or at least make sure those down the chain who aren't part of it also aren't affected by it. Improve training of staff, both when they join and during their time in role/in company. Even in a flat structure if people can see potential career opportunities it will increase likelihood of retention, if this means moving stale managers out to open up progression paths then so be it. Find a way to offer more competitive salaries and benefits packages, this is another major reason why people leave this company especially when they realise the work expected from them and the pressure to deliver generally are not worth putting up with for the poor pay and lack of benefits. Don't advertise a flexible working culture only to allow it for some people but not others, and reprimand anyone in the latter group who tries to make use of one of the few advertised benefits.


  9. "Senior scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and can do flexi hours.

    Cons

    Work off site so don't correspond with manager regularly enough.


  10. "Great workplace"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and good work balance

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say apart that it ended due to the redundancies happening at the time


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